PITTSBURG, KS – According to demographics from the U.S. Bureau of the Census and other sources, Pittsburg has grown significantly over the past two years – and the numbers keep rising.
Recently released estimates from the 2020 census show that Pittsburg’s population grew 2.4% in 2020, up 475 people since 2019. The news follows another report from the data analytics company Unacast, which reported that Pittsburg has gained over 878 residents since March 2020.
Pittsburg State University associate professor of economics Dr Michael Davidsson says this is good news for Pittsburg and the region.
“Growing cities have better employment, training and social opportunities, especially opportunities for matching social interests, and this increases the local menu of consumer services,” says Davidsson. “It also means that the workforce is growing and the skill set of the workforce is getting denser. This is good news for local employers, as a deeper set of local skills means lower training costs. Unacast estimates that a substantial sum of $ 103 million has been transferred to Pittsburg. This represents new financial resources, which could potentially be spent locally in the future. This is a godsend for the Pittsburg area.
These data appear to corroborate other evidence that Pittsburg’s population is increasing. The city of Pittsburg’s sales tax revenue has increased 3% in 2020 and 11% to date in 2021, although sales tax rates have remained the same. The valuation valuation in Pittsburg has also increased by about 13% since 2012, according to the most recent City of Pittsburg budget.
An economic report from the Pittsburg micropolitan area shows that the residential housing market in Pittsburg is taking off, with home sales up 71% since May 2020. As of May 2021, the median time on the market was just 48 days.
Davidsson says the increase in population can be attributed to significant private and public investments in business development, infrastructure, technology and tourism in recent years.
“Almost half a billion dollars – $ 496 million, most of it private – has been invested in the city of Pittsburg over the past six to seven years,” Davidsson said. “This includes a significant investment of $ 10 million in fiber optic Internet cable, which prompted PCMag in February to rank Pittsburg as the 31st best city in the country for working from home. This investment also includes 29 ongoing or recently completed downtown revitalization projects, improving the local quality of life and making the city more attractive, resulting in increased population growth and local tourism.
Unacast’s head of content and communications Scott Valentine said this steady growth was likely accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused an “urban exodus” in our nation’s largest cities. His business has made big gains in many small communities, especially cities like Pittsburg that were already growing before the pandemic.
“Having said that, your city seems to have been planning for some time to grow, because the ability to attract people is one thing, while the willingness to welcome it is another,” said Valentine. “Having said that, your future is bright. “
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