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Monroeville Census gains attributed to health field

| Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

Federal figures showing Monroeville gained income faster than the nation and state probably reflect its growing medical services economy, Manager Marshall Bond said Monday.

"There's that whole medical critical mass that has continued to develop in Monroeville," he said.

For the first time since the 2000 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau today is releasing detailed social and economic data for midsized communities. The data are for a three-year period, 2005 to 2007.

The agency annually releases data from its American Community Survey for communities with 65,000 or more people, but hasn't released survey data for communities with 20,000 to 65,000 people. Data for communities with fewer than 20,000 people will be released in 2010.

Bond said the data might show more medical professionals and technicians live in Monroeville because it has a good mix of apartments and single-family homes for people who want to be near clinics and hospitals in the area.

Vein Clinics of America announced yesterday it will open a clinic in Monroeville that specializes in diagnosing and treating vein problems.

Monroeville Council is scheduled to vote today on a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center proposal that would bring another full-service hospital to the municipality.

Sabina Deitrick, co-director of urban and regional analysis for the University of Pittsburgh's University Center for Social and Urban Research, said the survey's earnings figures show women made significant gains in some parts of the region, but only because their median earnings started off much lower than men's.

The median earnings for women working full-time and year-round in Indiana County, for example, showed a 144 percent increase, but that's still 67 cents on the dollar compared to the median for men.

"It's accelerated, which is good, but it still has a long way to go," Deitrick said.

Women in a few communities -- Cranberry, McCandless and Upper St. Clair, for example -- gained more than the nation in earnings and ended up above the national median for male workers.

"That's as good as men, and obviously better than women statewide or nationally," Deitrick said.

The overall income picture shows the region kept pace with the nation and state, but the distribution of high income and poverty areas remains essentially unchanged, she said.

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