Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Population: Exodus Has Finally Abated

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Population: Exodus Has Finally Abated

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In 1983, the Pittsburgh region was in the midst of one of the greatest population slides ever for an American urban center -- once the eighth-largest city in the country.

The city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and metropolitan Pittsburgh area consistently lost population in every decennial census after 1960, with the 1980s serving as the greatest period for the depressing view of moving vans' tail lights. Population drain became a long-running stain on the region's image into the 21st century.

The past few years, however, have brought an end to the hemorrhage. The actual census head count of 2010 showed another drop from the prior one in 2000, but the federal government's annual estimates have turned positive. The growth -- far less than 1 percent annually -- is extremely modest by most cities' standards, but its very existence represents major news.

A relatively robust economy, an influx of students attending local universities and a boost in the quality of life in the Downtown core have all been cited as factors helping spur regional growth between 2009 and 2012, based on census estimates. …

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