Poverty rates vary significantly across the Pittsburgh region. The Pittsburgh region includes parts of Appalachia, which remains one of the poorest sections of the nation. The overall poverty rates are presented here as are the poverty rates for children.
Poverty rates in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area are about average when compared to the benchmark regions. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.3 percent of Pittsburgh residents were below the poverty level in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 percent compared to 2014. The share of children under the age of 18 in poverty was 17.4 percent in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 compared to 2014.