Pittsburgh Among America’s Best for Social Mobility

A new comprehensive national study suggests that the American Dream is alive and well in Pittsburgh.

Carrie Furnace photo by Dave DiCello


Is the American Dream dead? It's certainly alive and well in Pittsburgh, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. The nationwide study, which sourced data from millions of anonymous earnings records, found that Pittsburgh ranked in the country’s top tier alongside Salt Lake City, Seattle and others.

The average Pittsburgher born in the early 1980s whose parents earned $30,000 per year (24th percentile) grew up to make $54,000 per year (45th percentile).

Note: The parental income figures have been inflation-adjusted to today's dollars.

Those growth rates are on par with countries such as Norway and Sweden, which often rank tops internationally for social mobility and quality of life.

Unfortunately, the differences around the United States can be stark.

Because these are polarizing times, and standings such as this one tend to bring out the comment-section rage-bots, we’re just going to leave the full article here for you to digest.


#Movies: Clerks III coming to Pittsburgh?


One of Pittsburgh's favorite Hollywood directors (he loves us as much as we love him) may be returning to Pittsburgh. Kevin Smith told ComicCon attendees last week that he is considering Pittsburgh as the set for Clerks III. Atlanta and New York are also potential destinations.

Fun fact: Smith — who filmed Dogma (1999) in Pittsburgh, as well as Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) — met his wife in the Steel City and proposed to her here.

What convenience store would you want Smith to film in for a third version of Clerks?


#Curses: Grilli injured after SI cover


Thanks a lot, Sports Illustrated. Just days after the glossy 'zine unveiled its cover featuring Jason Grilli, the Pirates closer injured his right arm against the Washington Nationals. Grilli is set to undergo an MRI today.

The last Pirates player to grace the cover was Barry Bonds, 21 years ago. It was the last time the Pirates had a winning season, and we all know what happened to Bonds.

We feared this would happen. Thanks again, SI. Thanks for nothing.


What’s going on today?


  • The American Made Movie bus will visit Pittsburgh as a part of its 30-plus cities in 30 days tour. See an advance screening of the feature-length documentary that explores the decline in America’s manufacturing workforce. — 5:30 p.m.


  • Contemplating your existence? Join Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures when special guest Chip Walter speaks about his book, Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived. — 6 p.m.


  • Help The Eagles celebrate their newly released documentary at their show tonight at CONSOL Energy Center. — 8 p.m.


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