Pittsburgh Quarterly

Pittsburgh’s Immigrant Puzzle: How do we catch up in attracting more?

From Pittsburgh Quarterly:


Allegheny county’s small population bump from 2010 to 2020 owes much to a spike in the number of immigrants who decided to make it their home. They accounted for more than 60 percent of the 27,000 residents the county added overall.


“Pittsburgh has the potential to be a global city,” said Betty Cruz, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, who oversaw public efforts to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants as former Mayor Bill Peduto’s deputy chief of special initiatives. “We have the right ingredients in our academic and economic assets, industries, policymakers and people. We’ve done a lot in the last decade to move forward. But we’re still behind. There’s still a lot to do.”