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Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers and highlighted by a beautiful skyline and countless bridges, Pittsburgh has earned its reputation as one of America's “most livable” cities. Known a history of steel, iron, and glass, production, today's Pittsburgh  is driven by medicine, technology, education, finance, and tourism.

One of the safest American cities, downtown Pittsburgh is easily accessible on foot, bike, bus, or by the “T,”our underground rail system. Stunning views of the city can be taken in from atop Mt. Washington or the West End-Elliot Overlook.

Pittsburgh's strong, close-knit neighborhoods are as charming as they are ethnically diverse, offering a sampling of foods, traditions, festivals, and celebrations inspired and influenced by the city's rich history and cultural heritage. The region features hundreds of acres of public parks and recreational facilities, miles of bike lanes, and an ever-growing focus on active lifestyles.

Pittsburgh Fast Facts

  • Pittsburgh is the corporate HQ for eight Fortune 500 companies, including PNC Financial Services, PPG Industries, U.S. Steel, H.J. Heinz Co., CONSOL Energy, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and main or regional headquarters for American Eagle Outfitters, Bayer USA, ALCOA, GlaxoSmithKline, and FedEx Ground.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania boasts 29 colleges and universities. Among Pittsburghers 24 to 34 years old, 42 percent have college degrees. More than 17 percent also have graduate or professional degrees, placing Pittsburgh among the top cities for educated young people, behind only Washington, D.C., Boston, and San Francisco.
  • Pittsburgh has a robust health care and life sciences industry. More than 152,000 residents are employed in the health care sector alone. Pittsburgh is home to UPMC, a $10 billion integrated global health enterprise, consisting of 20 hospitals, more than 400 outpatient sites, and more than 3,200 physicians, and is the region's and the state's largest employer with more than 55,000 employees.
  • Pittsburgh has a thriving performing arts scene, with established professional symphony, pops, brass, jazz, theater, ballet, musical theatre, and opera companies.
  • Hollywood film crews are drawn to Pittsburgh for its endless variety of architecture, neighborhood charm, and great local support. More than 50 major films have been shot on location here during the past decade.
  • Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the world, with 446 bridges within the city area.
  • The city is regularly voted one of America's top sports cities by numerous sports magazines, and is known as the “City of Champions,” having championship teams in the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates and NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Pittsburgh was named one of the top five promising housing markets for 2012 by MSN real estate; one of the top 10 best places to raise a family by Forbes magazine in 2010; the #1 Most Livable City by the Economist in 2011 and Forbes magazine in 2010; and is the only city to have been rated in the top 20 most livable cities by Places Rated Almanac each time the ratings have been done since 1981.
  • Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than 90 minutes flying time from 20 states and Canada.
  • Pittsburgh can lay claim to the first polio vaccine; the first Big Mac; the first simultaneous heart, liver and kidney transplant; and the first bingo game. Read more firsts.

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Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials! 

Pittsburgh: Best U.S. city for millennials!

CURBED - Look at the stats! In addition to a raft of articles talking about the city’s growing tech sector, a new report from the Brookings Institution just found that Pittsburgh’s per capita university research and development (R&D) spending was nearly two and a half times the national average, and... (09/14/2017)
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Pittsburgh: Top city for jobs 

Pittsburgh: Top city for jobs

MONEY - “When it comes to finding the best city for jobs, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better,” says Andrew Chamberlain. “These areas stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects along with a lower cost of living that allows more employees to live comfortably.” Pittsburgh tops the li... (09/12/2017)
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Pittsburgh area is tops in paranormal activity claims 

Pittsburgh area is tops in paranormal activity claims

90.5 WESA - Bigfoot, UFOs, and prehistoric birds. Whether you’re a sceptic or ardent believer, listen to an interview with Seth Breedlove, director and producer of the documentary, “Invasion on Chestnut Ridge,” with stories told by locals who say they have experienced paranormal activity in the regi... (08/16/2017)
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Picklesburgh: What's the big dill? 

Picklesburgh: What's the big dill?

What a great city! The Picklesburgh festival is a culinary celebration that goes beyond the dill pickle to include international dishes, prepared foods and artisan cocktails; an embrace of the farm-to-table movement and the rising popularity of canning; a selection of handcrafted foods and artisan c... (07/28/2017)
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Chancellor Gallagher weighs in on the "Pittsburgh myth, Paris reality" 

Chancellor Gallagher weighs in on the "Pittsburgh myth, Paris reality"

SCIENCE - "If the president truly wants to represent the interests of Americans, he would learn from the real histories of these regions and promote economic and environmental progress through research, education, and innovation," advises Pitt's Chancellor Patrick Gallegher, responding to the tired... (07/05/2017)
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Pedal Power: Exploring city neighborhoods with Bike Pittsbugh (VIDEO) 

Pedal Power: Exploring city neighborhoods with Bike Pittsbugh (VIDEO)

WWW.BIKEPGH.ORG -- Pittsburghers love their cycling culture, despite living in a city of rivers and hills where one motto is "avoid bridges and tunnels" in the daily commute. Since 1994,the region's largest bicycle ride, PedaPGH showcases Pittsburgh as a fun, bicycle-friendly city, and encourages ... (06/30/2017)


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