Answered By: Christopher Lemery
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2016     Views: 28

If you're looking for the most recent basic statistics, the Pittsburgh neighborhood report produced by UCSUR is a nice package. Also useful is PGHSNAP from the City of Pittsburgh, which has packaged data from recent decennial Censuses by neighborhood. 

If you're looking for more detailed data, I suggest you start by looking at our Census libguide. The guide will explain how Census data is collected and organized, which is helpful when finding the data. The key thing to know is that data is collected by tract and not necessarily by neighborhood. On that guide, you'll also see a tab entitled "Local Census information." Hover over the tab and you'll find a dropdown which has a page entitled Pittsburgh Census Tracts, 1940-2010. This is where you will find the Census tract numbers. 

Once you have the tract numbers, you can find your data in two different places. First is a database called Social Explorer. You can put together some nice maps using this site, but let's focus on finding data. On the homepage, and click on "tables" to get started. From there, click on American Community Survey 5 year estimates and choose the most recent one. On the next screen click on geography type and change it to census tract. Then choose PA and Allegheny County in the next dropdown menus. Finally, select your census tracts and click "add." You can then click proceed to tables and select the tables you're interested in. From here, you can print or save the tables themselves. Social Explorer offers search guides and videos if you need them. 

Alternatively, you can go to American FactFinder from the US Census, which is a free site. You can either use the guided or advanced searches. In advanced search, if you click on "geographies" on the left-hand side, you can then navigate to the Census tracts in a fashion similar to Social Explorer. Click add then close out the geographies box. You should now see many tables populate the results field. You can select the tables you want here. American FactFinder also offers extensive online help

You may contact Government Information Librarian Christopher Lemery at clemery@pitt.edu for further assistance. 

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