The Pittsburgh Foundation

American Community Survey shows that Pittsburgh poverty is higher than the national average

U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey graphic from 2020 census.

Last month, the American Community Survey by the Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty. Data from the survey shows that poverty in the city of Pittsburgh is, on average, much higher than the country, with even greater rates of poverty for Black, Indigenous, People of color (BIPOC) and Hispanic peoples. 

Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO, Lisa Schroder, had this to say on the matter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“While the pandemic has worsened conditions across the country, this survey sadly proves that our measures of economic inequality stand out. The numbers tell us that there are no more excuses. All sectors in our region must come together to dig deep, listen, learn and innovate to improve quality of life and opportunity for everyone…”

That is why the Foundation’s forthcoming strategic plan will place a strong emphasis on racial justice, equity and addressing the wealth gap for communities of color.