Updated: 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | Posted: 5:49 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010
First Time In Years That More People Have Moved To Pittsburgh Area Than Moved Out
For the first time in 20 years, more people are coming to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area than are leaving. Channel 11 took a look at the latest census figures for the seven county Pittsburgh region Wednesday.
According to the numbers, more people moved into the area than moved away in 2009 for the first time since 1991.
“This is a place people have been moving out of for a long time,” said Christopher Briem, an economist with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research.
Briem said in 2000, the region lost more than 5,000 residents. In 2005, there was a decline of almost 9,000. Last year, including domestic and foreign migration, there was a population gain of more than 3,000.
Briem credits the region’s economy for the growth. He said Pittsburgh has been faring better than many other areas during the recession.