We’ve updated the SPC Regional Data Center “Visualize: SPC Tableau” with the recently-released Annual County Population Estimates. Our interactive Tableau dashboard now includes Demographic Characteristics in the SPC Region by Age, Sex, and Race. The dashboard can display a variety of indicators and data comparisons by municipality, county, and region, based on user selections.

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2020 Census Day

Today is Census Day!

Now more than ever, it’s important to respond to the #2020Census and help shape the future of your community.

Respond online at  2020CENSUS.GOV

According to the U.S. Census Bureau: The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

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The 2019 Annual Report encompasses SPC’s accomplishments throughout the year and provides insight into our many programs, departments, and services. Download a copy of the full report and be sure to watch the 2019 Annual Report highlight video on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and click the ‘bell’ icon to stay notified when new content is published!

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Southwestern Pennsylvania, SPC, in collaboration with its member planning partners, will direct the use of billions in state and federal transportation funding through 2045. Adopted in June 2019, the long range plan – SmartMoves for a Changing Region – provides a robust policy framework that envisions a world-class, safe and well maintained, integrated transportation system that provides mobility for all, enables resilient communities and supports a globally competitive economy.

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SPC GIS Open Data Site Launched

SPC has assembled a comprehensive GIS database that encompasses the 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including the City of Pittsburgh. This open data site provides tools to assist with transportation, planning, and economic development projects. Explore the site to download our data and view samples of how we utilize GIS here at SPC!

GIS Open Data Site

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Transportation Performance Management is a strategic approach to transportation investments that uses transportation system data to inform investment and policy decisions that meet national performance goals.

SPC has long utilized a comprehensive planning and programming process with a focus on collaboration between PennDOT, US DOT, and planning partners at the county and regional levels. We utilize this process in our ongoing planning effort to implement Transportation Performance Management and Performance-Based Planning and Programming.

Transportation Performance Management Site

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With the official 2020 Census count starting in just four months, new population estimates for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County indicate that the official count may show the region truly has turned a corner.

Figures from the Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey released Thursday show that for the first time in more than half a century, the city and county both could have relatively stable populations in the next official census in 2020.

The survey’s estimate – a weighted figure based on survey results over the five prior years – was that the city’s population in 2018 was 303,587, just slightly less than the 305,704 the city had in the official 2010 Census. And the county estimate for 2018 was 1,225,561, which would be slightly above the 1,223,066 in 2010.

Neither of the projected figures may sound dramatic. But after Allegheny County lost population in each of the past five official census going back to 1970 and the city lost people in each of the prior six going back to 1960, a stable count would be reason for a party.

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We’ve updated the SPC Regional Data Center “Visualize: SPC Tableau” with the recently-released 2014-2018 American Community Survey data. Our interactive Tableau dashboard now includes 2009-2013 and 2014-2018 ACS data, which is the most current Census data available. The dashboard can display a variety of indicators and data comparisons by municipality, county, and region, based on user selections.

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Census data shows poverty down in region

It’s not flashy and it doesn’t have any one big employer driving its economy any more, but the Pittsburgh region continues its modest but steady growth, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data, from the bureau’s latest edition of the American Community Survey, shows that generally in 2018 poverty was down, median incomes were up, and people here continued to have health insurance.

“Obviously it’s good news if poverty is falling and median incomes are growing,” said Guy Faucher, chief economist for PNC Financial Services. “But it’s not dramatic. It’s not like there’s going to be a big driver [of job growth] like they have in tech centers like Seattle or Denver.”

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We’ve updated the SPC Regional Data Center “Visualize: SPC Tableau” with current population estimates for counties & municipalities in the SPC Region . Our interactive Tableau dashboard now includes subcounty resident population estimates from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018. The dashboard can display a variety of indicators and data comparisons by municipality, county, and region, based on user selections.

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