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This report provides indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation. Data are provided for four groups (Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics) and for four geographic areas (city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area [MSA], and the U.S.). The Pittsburgh MSA consists of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The most recent data available for the Pittsburgh area and the nation were used in this report.
This report examines the impacts of transportation spending on households in the 28 metro areas for which the federal government collects expenditure data and of rising gas prices on both households and regional economies. It finds that households in regions that have invested in public transportation reap financial benefits from having access to affordable mobility options, even as gas prices rise, and that regions with public transit are losing less per household from the increase in gas prices than those without transit options.