Future Cities

Emerging Industrial Markets: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

March 21, 2023

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Formerly a major hub of heavy manufacturing, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a leader in life sciences, health care, robotics and computer science. In turn, the city’s old smokestack industrial market has been transformed into an important and growing high-tech manufacturing and distribution center that is within 500 miles of half the U.S. population.
Matt ClacksonCBRE Senior Vice President


More than 2.8 million people live within a 50-mile radius of Pittsburgh, 21% of them in the important 18-to-34 age group. Within 250 miles, occupiers can reach 44.5 million consumers—more than Chicago (37.5 million), Los Angeles (28.4 million) and Dallas/Ft. Worth (28.3 million).

Figure 1: Pittsburgh Population Analysis

Source: CBRE Location Intelligence.

Pittsburgh has a warehouse/distribution labor force of 33,625, according to CBRE Labor Analytics. The average hourly wage for a non-supervisory warehouse worker is $16.99, slightly above the national average of $16.90.

Figure 2: Pittsburgh Warehouse & Storage Labor Fundamentals

Source: CBRE Labor Analytics.