Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh -- Working Class Towns Go Head to Head
Prior to this year's Super Bowl, most people thought of the residents of Green Bay, Wisc., and Pittsburgh, Pa., as hard-working, middle American sports fans, and gave little thought to what life might be like there. This weekend, all eyes will be upon those cities and their teams, and we might wonder how life in each place stacks up and what kind of fans ultimately produce a Super Bowl champ.
If the Super Bowl were scored by quality of life features, let's see who would win. Below is a list of comparison of what it's like to live and work in these two all-American cities. All numbers are courtesy of the US Census Bureau.
Pittsburgh has a larger population.
- Green Bay ranks 268th on the list of the nation's most populous cities, with and estimated population of 101,412.
- Pittsburgh ranks 61st on the list of the nation's most populous cities. The estimated population of Pittsburgh on July 1, 2009, was 311,647.
Steelers score 1
Pittsburgh is better educated.
- 19 percent of Green Bay residents 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher; 85 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28 percent and 85 percent.
- 33 percent of Pittsburgh residents 25 and older who have a bachelor's degree or higher; 89 percent had at least graduated from high school.
Steelers score 1
Green Bay residents have a shorter commute.
- Eighteen minutes is the average amount of time it takes Green Bay residents to get to work. Seventy-eight percent of the city's workers drive to work alone, 8 percent carpool and 1 percent take public transportation. Nationally, it takes workers an average of 25 minutes to get to work.
- Twenty-two minutes is the average amount of time it takes Pittsburgh residents to get to work. Fifty-four percent of the city's workers drive to work alone, 10 percent carpool and 19 percent take public transportation.
Packers score 1
Green Bay has a higher percentage of bilingual residents.
- Fourteen percent of Green Bay residents 5 and older speak a language other than English at home. The national average is 20 percent.
- Ten percent of Pittsburgh residents 5 and older who speak a language other than English at home.
Packers score 1
Green Bay residents are richer, but both cities have lower median yearly incomes than the rest of the nation, which is $50,221.
- The median yearly household income for Green Bay is $40,857.
- The median yearly household income for Pittsburgh is $37,461.
Neither team scores
Homes are less expensive in Pittsburgh.
- $129,800 is the median home value of owner-occupied homes in Green Bay. The national median is $185,200.
- $92,500 is the median home value of owner-occupied homes in Pittsburgh.
Steelers score 1 for the win!
One thing these two cities have in common this weekend is that they're both reeling from one of the most severe monster storms -- and winters in history. Even Super Bowl host city Arlington, Texas, is feeling the frigid pain. But that won't dampen their enthusiasm for their teams. Above all, the thing both cities are best known for is rabid support of their teams.