Columbus and Austin msa absolutely do not have much higher population than Pittsburgh. They soon will though. Anyway I thought the point was that all these places have much higher rents? I have nothing against pgh since I chose to live here, but lord the detachment with reality is just staggering. Des Moines isn't my cup of tea either, but it is in the grand scheme of things a growing metro that has some similarities to Pittsburgh (moreso than nyc).
I grew up in buffalo. I would never in a million years expect the county exec to each year just counter the census stats by just saying they're wrong. Does Cleveland or Detroit actually have their top officials just outright denying the demographic trends? http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2017/03/23/Census-population-metropolitan-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-decline-estimates/stories/201703230088
He had the same line last year.
I mean, that just blows my mind. And yes its not the full 10 year but they're based off of irs data and there's no reason to believe they're too far off.