American Community Survey: 2005-2009 5 Year Estimates


This research report compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) for City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.   The ACS is a new source of information for analysis of small
geographic areas.  These data reflect survey responses collected over a five year period between 2005 and 2009 and are the first data released by the ACS program at the census tract and block group level of
geography.  Previous releases of ACS data have been limited to places with populations of 20,000 or more, including states, regions, counties and large municipalities.  With the release of the five‐year ACS,
it is now possible to compile information about neighborhood conditions in the City of Pittsburgh.

The City of Pittsburgh defines 90 neighborhoods, each of which is a collection of one or more census tracts.  The index of specific census tracts to neighborhoods is included in the appendix to this report.  Also included is a set of combined neighborhoods, which have been defined solely for the purpose of this report as collections of other city neighborhoods.   For example, Upper Lawrenceville, Lower Lawrenceville and Central Lawrenceville are combined into a single profile for “Lawrenceville.”  This report will be one in a series UCSUR is producing to cover both ACS data releases and the 2010 decennial census.  The ACS is a relatively new program which replaces what was known as the “long form” of the decennial census.   The majority of data collected by the decennial census in recent decades came from a longer set of questions asked of one in six households in the nation.  This “long form” questionnaire was eliminated the 2010 decennial census.  Users should note the summary explanation of the ACS described in the next section.

This report follows similar reports of neighborhood conditions compiled by UCSUR.  Past neighborhood data compendiums are available on the center’s web page (www.ucsur.pitt.edu) and include sets of neighborhood reports from 1974, 1977, and 2000. UCSUR produced “The Social Geography of Allegheny County” for 1990 Census data which is available in print form upon request.  Past projects focused on neighborhood level data for the city of Pittsburgh include the Pittsburgh Atlas Project from the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Information System (NIS) generated in the 1980s, which compiled data for all city neighborhoods back to 1930.  Today, the center’s focus for neighborhood level data is also encompassed in the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information (PNCIS), which includes an interactive GIS system of address‐level data for the City of Pittsburgh and other communities in Allegheny County. This research report compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) for City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The ACS is a new source of information for analysis of small  geographic areas.  These data reflect survey responses collected over a five year period between 2005 and 2009 and are the first data released by the ACS program at the census tract and block group level of geography.  Previous releases of ACS data have been limited to places with populations of 20,000 or more, including states, regions, counties and large municipalities.  With the release of the five‐year ACS, it is now possible to compile information about neighborhood conditions in the City of Pittsburgh.

The City of Pittsburgh defines 90 neighborhoods, each of which is a collection of one or more census tracts.  The index of specific census tracts to neighborhoods is included in the appendix to this report. Also included is a set of combined neighborhoods, which have been defined solely for the purpose of this report as collections of other city neighborhoods.   For example, Upper Lawrenceville, Lower Lawrenceville and Central Lawrenceville are combined into a single profile for “Lawrenceville.” This report will be one in a series UCSUR is producing to cover both ACS data releases and the 2010 decennial census.  The ACS is a relatively new program which replaces what was known as the “long form” of the decennial census.   The majority of data collected by the decennial census in recent decades came from a longer set of questions asked of one in six households in the nation.  This “long form” questionnaire was eliminated the 2010 decennial census.  Users should note the summary explanation of the ACS described in the next section.
This report follows similar reports of neighborhood conditions compiled by UCSUR.  Past neighborhood data compendiums are available on the center’s web page (www.ucsur.pitt.edu) and include sets of neighborhood reports from 1974, 1977, and 2000. UCSUR produced “The Social Geography of Allegheny County” for 1990 Census data which is available in print form upon request.  Past projects focused on neighborhood level data for the city of Pittsburgh include the Pittsburgh Atlas Project from the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Information System (NIS) generated in the 1980s, which compiled data for all city neighborhoods back to 1930.  Today, the center’s focus for neighborhood level data is also encompassed in the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information (PNCIS), which includes an interactive GIS system of address‐level data for the City of Pittsburgh and other communities in Allegheny County.

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