millenials

Measuring the Power of the PA Millennial Boom

Mar 16, 2015
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This year, the Millennial generation will eclipse the Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, totaling 75.3 million, according to U.S. Census data.

For our purposes, the Millennials are that broad group born between 1981 and 1997, making them between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015, as defined by the Pew Research Center.

Pittsburgh has been ranked one of the nation’s most walkable cities for years, but a new study suggests if the city wants to attract young talent, it needs to be even more walkable.

According to a report released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Pittsburgh is a city of “moderate walkable urbanism,” meaning more than 70 percent of walkable urban office and retail space is located in the central city.

Friday Rundown: The Millennial Generation in Pittsburgh

Feb 27, 2014
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This program airs Friday February 28, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

As the bulk of Pittsburgh's Baby Boomer population begins to retire, what does our future workforce and economy look like? What are the political issues that will be most important to our communities? And how will they be addressed by the next generation? Listen to an hour long broadcast devoted to the influence of the Millennial generation in Pittsburgh.

Jessica Straus / Millenial Train Project


There’s a pervading image of those in the millennial generation being selfish, uncaring youths. With his Millennial Trains Project--in which 18- to 30-year-olds travel across the nation with the goal of aiding and understanding the cities they visit--founder Patrick Dowd hopes to battle that image.

“Young people have the most at stake and the most potential to be agents of change in our world,” says Dowd. “Millennials sometimes get a bad rap for being lazy and narcissistic…and we want to go against that.”