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Life in Pittsburgh

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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Trump wants to represent a Pittsburgh that doesn't exist 

Trump wants to represent a Pittsburgh that doesn't exist

 CBS MONEY WATCH - President Donald Trump pointed to Pittsburgh as a reason for pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but some residents in the former steel town are calling him rusty and out-of-date. The one-time industrial center is now a thriving city focused on health care, tech, and clean e... (06/02/2017)
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Sushi doughnuts in the shadow of Pitt Public Health 

Sushi doughnuts in the shadow of Pitt Public Health

POST-GAZETTE - We have two words for you — sushi doughnut. That’s as fair a place to start as any in the discussion of Mount Everest Sushi, a tiny little takeout shop with a few dine-in tables in the shadow of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health building in Oakland. Rest as... (05/25/2017)
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One city in Pennsylvania is poised to crush the 21st century… but it’s not Philadelphia. How Pittsburgh positioned itself as a tech and innovation power player.  

One city in Pennsylvania is poised to crush the 21st century… but it’s not Philadelphia. How Pittsburgh positioned itself as a tech and innovation power player.

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE -  As a brave new world of technologies like robotics, autonomous vehicles and genomics begins to take shape, Pittsburgh is one of a few scrappy, first-mover cities poised to lead it. Beyond the robots, rivers, and restaurants, Pittsburgh has community, livability and a distin... (05/01/2017)
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Pittsburgh leads "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017" 

Pittsburgh leads "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017"

HARPERS BAZAAR - Pittsburgh is the top-ranked city in this list of "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017"  -- ranking #4 overall worldwide after New Zealand, Canada, and Finland. "It's not the first thing you think of when dreaming of a weekend getaway, innovative food scene or art hub, but it deliv... (04/06/2017)
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Find out about "Cool Pittsburgh"  

Find out about "Cool Pittsburgh"

Take a look at what makes Pittsburgh great, through the eyes of Pitt grad students. (02/02/2017)
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Boston vs. Pittsburgh — a classic matchup that goes beyond football 

Boston vs. Pittsburgh — a classic matchup that goes beyond football

THE BOSTON GLOBE - Columnist David Shribman takes a light-hearted look at two great American cities:  They both have a north shore. They both have fine universities. They both have rabid sports fans. They both have a quarterback out-of-towners love to deride...But Boston is reserved, Pittsburgh e... (01/20/2017)


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