We are pleased to feature this Community Snapshot – Issued November 2021 data profile compiled from the latest 2020 US Census data, American Community Survey data, and Allegheny County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination data. This Community Snapshot tells the story of increasing suburban diversity and promising opportunity, highlighted by notable increases in the Asian, Multi-Racial, Hispanic/Latinx, and Black populations in the South Hills and lower Mon Valley area served by the Jefferson Regional Foundation. In 2010, people of color comprised 13% of the Jefferson population, while 2020 U.S. Census data indicates 21% of the residents are people of color. While the City of Pittsburgh has experienced population decline, the County growth of 2.2% is particularly apparent in areas like the South Hills, home to a growing immigrant population.
Also highlighted are important indicators about the overall wellness of our communities, including poverty level in the Jefferson area, household income, and the percentage of households without internet access. We know that the disparities across these and other indicators contribute to unequal health outcomes and can play a large part in access to COVID-19 vaccinations.
The final section of this snapshot details COVID-19 vaccination rates across the Jefferson region. 63% of eligible Jefferson residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, compared to 67% county-wide. Twelve area ZIP codes with a lower vaccination rate than the county are also listed. A map of COVID-19 vaccination rates, developed by Liz Monk at the Western PA Regional Data Center and the University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), is also featured. We invite you to review this Community Snapshot and reach out to the Foundation with any questions.