Poverty remains a stubborn problem for most regions in the United States and southwestern Pennsylvania is no exception. The rate of poverty in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Areas remained relatively stable in 2015 at 12.3 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data. But, following national trends, the region has taken a step backward in the battle against poverty in recent years. In 2005, the poverty rate was lower than today at 11.4 percent of the region’s population. In 2000, the poverty rate in the Pittsburgh MSA was 10.8 percent of the population.
This brief is a summary of a more detailed analysis published in the 2016 Sustainable Pittsburgh Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainability Goals & Indicators Report.