Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh metro area encompasses seven counties in western Pennsylvania, and is the largest populated area in the Ohio River Valley. Also referred to as the Steel City, it is the second most populated statistical area in the State of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh has a thriving industrial economy due not only to its steel related businesses, but also to the multiple other industries that have developed within the city. The wealth derived from these industries has placed it third in the country in corporate headquarters employment, and second in U.S. stockholders per capita. Despite the fact that the city saw significant population decreases in the late 20th century, over the past couple of years the population of Pittsburgh has been steadily on the rise, with indications that this trend will continue.

Total Population: 2,353,045

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 74,448
  • Language Spoken at Home - 114,252

Quick Facts

  • Despite its average sized population, Pittsburgh is considered one of the nation's most densely populated cities.

  • The Economist, National Geographic, and Time magazines have all named Pittsburgh a top world destination city.

  • Pittsburgh currently has 446 bridges located throughout the city, which is the most bridges that can be found within one city in the entire world.

  • In the city if Pittsburgh, Asians have the largest percentage of working age population among all races.

  • Pittsburgh boasts one of the largest European American communities in the United States.

  • Pittsburgh has one of the largest Italian American populations out of any city in the United States.

  • The greater Pittsburgh metro area has the largest Croatian community in the United States.

  • Pittsburgh has received many Bhutanese refugees over the pest several years, giving it one of the largest Bhutanese populations in the Northeast.

  • Over fifty percent of the foreign-born population located in the city of Pittsburgh are from Asian countries.


Traditionally the ethnic landscape of the greater Pittsburgh metro area has been primarily composed of European immigrants. At one point Pittsburgh was in the top five immigrant cities in the United States. This has resulted in a large European American community with several European ethnic enclaves located throughout the city. Although Pittsburgh still sees a decent amount of European immigration, Europeans are no longer that largest immigrant people groups in the city.

Recently the immigration trends have begun to shift. Similar to the rest of the country, Pittsburgh has seen an influx of Asian immigration. Asian people groups now make up almost half of the foreign-born population in the metro area, with no signs of slowing down. Due to Pittsburgh's industrial related jobs, many skilled east and south Asians have relocated to Pittsburgh in search for work. This combined with a steadily growing Latino population, will lay the foundations for Pittsburgh to become more and more diverse by the day.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 41 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam363
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam795
Egyptian CoptEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox1,193
Arab, Syrian (Christian)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox4,786
Arab, Syrian (Muslim)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,519
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic5,249
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,947
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism1,565
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant2,903
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism6,040
Chinese, HokkienTaiwanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Chinese Universalism / Folk1,129
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic11,825
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,539
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,882
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,650
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,594
HungarianHungaryEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic407
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,856
SerbSerbiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity3,053
CzechCzechiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox855
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity1,078
SlovakSlovakiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic9,977
CroatCroatiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic18,200
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam454
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism364

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Pittsburgh Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...

"North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention" (NAMB)

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Ethnic Links

Pittsburgh Ethnic Groups- A website that lists local ethnic neighborhoods and events found in and around the city.

Bhutanese Association of Pittsburgh- A great website that gives information and details activities going on in and for the Bhutanese refugee community in Pittsburgh.

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