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Pittsburgh, PA

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When you think of Pittsburgh, you may think of diehard Steelers fans, massive cheesesteaks and a declining manufacturing economy. Only two of those things would be accurate. Ranked as the nation’s most livable city by the Economist for 2005, 2009 and 2011, Pittsburg is on the up, and the city is booming with life again. With a thriving economy, cheap housing options, and plenty of art, culture, and entertainment to keep you occupied on the weekends, Pittsburgh has made a name for itself.

Getting Around in Pittsburgh, PA

It’s a great place to get around, because there are so many options at your disposal. The Port Authority, or PAT, is the city’s mass transit system, consisting of numerous bus routes, and is the 11th largest agency in the nation. There’s also a number of major highways that crisscross through the heart of downtown and connect via 446 bridges, a world record for a city, so driving is also an easy option.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
"Rider's Paradise"
The average commuter time in Pittsburgh is:
20 to 24 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 7.29%
  • 13.9%
  • 2.3%

Pittsburgh Athletics

<p>If you're a sports fan, this is the place for you. Where high school football games alone routinely get crowds of over 10,000 per game, and the Steelers have a vigilant and dedicated fan base, there&Otilde;s no shortage of Sunday night fever going on in this great city. Its proximity to our neighbor in the north also lends itself to the great sport of hockey, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a number of Stanley Cups to their name, have a loyal following here as well. Never a dull day for sports here in the Steel City.</p>

Booming Industry

<p>One word - Jobs. Google, Intel and Apple alone are generating billions of dollars in annual payrolls for this city and setting up forward-thinking groups that study things such as robotics, cyber counterterrorism, and advanced software engineering. What was once a city built on steel is now the city built on silicon. It's also host to a number of global headquarters and financial centers that stand shoulder to shoulder with a city as great as New York. The new growth economy here is definitely booming, and housing options are still affordable and available for everyone (ahem, San Francisco).</p>

Antique Architecture

<p>Another remnant of the old economy is the beauty and architecture of local museums, parks, city centers, and cultural districts. Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, many wealthy entrepreneurs contributed to the local educational and cultural institutions of the city, and as a results, we have things such as the Heinz Hall, where the symphony performs, and the Phipps Conservatory, that houses some unique species of flora, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where dinosaurs and science come to life</p>