1,052 is not a magic number but it is a very good number. This number represents the average annual gain in young people (20-34 years) in the City of Pittsburgh from 2000 to 2010. This is a remarkable turn around for a region that has suffered from decades of population loss and steep out-migration from young people especially. In The Root of Pittsburgh’s Population Drain, Bob Gradeck showed how the loss of young adults in the 1980s robbed the region of the next generation. Young adults have been the critical raw material missing from the region. They are important because they start families and start businesses, both of which can have lasting impact on our population and employment trends.
Figure 1: Average Annual Growth in Population Aged 20-34, 2000-2010