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Welcome to Pittsburgh ...

The city of Pittsburgh is located in Allegheny County<1> and is the County Seat for Allegheny County.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Pittsburgh, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

When the people of Pittsburgh refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Pittsburgher<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Pittsburgh has a population of 300,056 people<3> (see below for details).

Pittsburgh is 1,050 feet [320 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Pittsburgh lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Websites for Pittsburgh ...

Official Website:   www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.pittsburghchamber.com/

Junior League:   www.jlpgh.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Pittsburgh had an population of 300,056 people. This is a decrease of 1.85% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.31% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Pittsburgh had a population of 305,704 people (which is 24.99% of the total population of Allegheny County). This makes Pittsburgh the county's most populous community.

The population of Pittsburgh represents 2.41% of the population of Pennsylvania (which has 12,702,379 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 305,704 people, the population of Pittsburgh decreased 8.63% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 334,563 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Pittsburgh.

Communities Also Named Pittsburgh ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 5 communities that are also named Pittsburgh - they are located in California, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada and North Dakota.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Pittsburgh.

Communities near Pittsburgh ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Pittsburgh.

  • Bethel Park
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bethel Park have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bethel Park
    • Bethel Park is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,212 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bethel Park <6>
  • Monroeville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
  • Plum
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plum have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plum
    • Plum is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,993 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plum <6>
  • West Mifflin
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Mifflin have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Mifflin
    • West Mifflin is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,588 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Mifflin <6>
  • Murrysville
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
  • McKeesport
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Wilkinsburg
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wilkinsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilkinsburg
    • Wilkinsburg is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,186 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wilkinsburg <6>
  • Franklin Park
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin Park have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin Park
    • Franklin Park is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,883 people
  • New Kensington
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Jefferson Hills
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jefferson Hills
    • Jefferson Hills is located in Allegheny County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,136 people
    • Jefferson Hills has also been known as:
    • Jefferson

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Pittsburgh. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Pittsburgh.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Pittsburgh. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Pittsburgh.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Pittsburgh. Our list includes 434 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Pittsburgh.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Pittsburgh ...

Looking for more information about Pittsburgh? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Pittsburgh, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Pittsburgh.

Adding Pittsburgh to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Pittsburgh in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Pittsburgh was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Pittsburgh on a map titled Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Pittsburgh.

The official website for Pittsburgh: www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/

The official website for Allegheny County: www.county.allegheny.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Pennsylvania's counties, including Allegheny, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Pittsburgh refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Pittsburgh may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Pittsburgh.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Pittsburgh - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.









 

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