American Community Survey 2006-2010 5 Year Estimates


This report compiles data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) for City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  The ACS is a relatively new source of information for analysis of small geographic areas. The City of Pittsburgh defines 90 neighborhoods, each of which is a collection of one or more census tracts or census block groups.  The index of specific census tracts or census block groups to City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods is included in the appendix to this report.

The ACS is a relatively new program which replaced 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 in the 2010 decennial census.  Users should note the summary explanation of the ACS program described in the next section.

The data compiled in this report is from the 2nd annual release of 5‐year estimates data from the ACS program and reflects data collected over the 2006‐2010 period.  Because of changes in the collection methodology, the 5‐year estimates data for the period 2006‐2010 should not be compared directly to the first 5‐year estimates, which were produced for the 2005‐2009 period.

In addition to the previous report based on ACS data, this report follows similar reports of neighborhood conditions compiled by UCSUR.  Past neighborhood data compendiums are available on UCSUR’s web page 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, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Information System (NIS) generated in the 1980s, which compiled data for all city neighborhoods back to 1930.  Today, UCSUR’s focus for neighborhood level data is also encompassed in the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System (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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