But my family and friends who have lived there their whole lives, all say that the city is not the most diverse. Also, Pittsburgh's stable economy and little growth contributes to the city having a older median age and less immigration.
Pittsburgh is one of the whitest metros in the US. I study urban geography. I would love to see the full potential that Pittsburgh has be realized. I also live in Columbus. The economic growth in Columbus has created a city that is very different than it was just 20 years ago. While the city is a majority of white, it is a place where diversity is starting to become a way of life.
Comparing two cities, one is not better, they are just different. Columbus has many transplants, college educated, coming to the city from many places around the US or as immigrants. The average age in Columbus is 31, this does not count college students.
This younger population has been transplanted to the city for jobs. The people who come are not already connected to the area and bring with them more progessive thoughts. Sometimes this means the city can feel a lack of tradition, on the other hand the people of Columbus are VERY open to change and the modern day progressive liberal political issues.
Columbus is run by an African-American mayor, and has become a place that is welcoming to African-Americans. The cities family-oriented neighborhoods are racially integrated. Another factor that comes into play; Columbus was much smaller and did not have a large African-American during Industrial decline.
This means that there is a very small percentage of the black population that has been in the city for some time and has suffered the effects of the 50ss. Most of Columbus' black population has immigrated to the city and already has a college education and job placement. In a sense the playing field in Columbus is more leveled on an economic level. Some newer suburbs of Columbus are actually seeing subdivisions which are marked to well-off blacks.
I also have many friends here who are from Pittsburgh. Almost every single one has also noted how they cannot believe the diversity difference here. For some reason most seem to realize how many more asians there are. Columbus is hardly the most diverse city, but it does state that there is a very large different in the racial makeup of Columbus and Pittsburgh in Last edited by streetcreed; at