TRANSFORMATION CITY »
Showcasing a 'New America'
The Pittsburgh region has survived wrenching economic change and emerged with a balanced, innovation-driven economy renowned for health care and life sciences, technology and robotics, higher education and research, financial services, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy.
A City Full of Diversity
As a city full of diversity, you will love exploring the culture, food, and atmosphere of Pittsburgh’s 89 unique and ethnically distinctive neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s downtown is full of the city hustle and bustle, and Squirrel Hill has the quaint charm of a main street-like community. Meanwhile, Oakland, with its many universities, supplies a uniquely intellectual atmosphere. Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and the unique people in them are just waiting for you to come and visit!.
Pittsburgh 2007 Rankings
- Pittsburgh has been ranked #1 Most Livable City in America by Places Rated Almanac. The 379 metropolitan areas surveyed were evaluated in nine categories: housing affordability (cost of living), transportation, jobs, education, climate, crime, health care, recreation and ambience (museums, performing arts, restaurants and historical districts).
- Pittsburgh has been ranked among the top 10 of the World's Cleanest Cities by Forbes magazine. The magazine recognized the city's transformation stating, "though formerly a steel capital of the U.S., it has turned around and is now into healthcare, education, robotics, technology and financial services."
- Pittsburgh has been named to Relocate-America's 100 Top Places to Live. The list ranks cities using a combination of feedback from people who live and work in the communities and statistics like education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation, and housing. Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation listed the Pittsburgh region as the sixth best metropolitan area for relocating families. The ranking is based on 50 metropolitan areas with populations of 1.25 million or more.
- Pittsburgh is among America's Ten Least Overpriced Real Estate Markets according to Forbes.com. Using the 40 largest metro areas and data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the U.S. Census Bureau and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, rankings were based on the market's median home prices.
- Pittsburgh is rated one of the five best places for members of the so-called "Creative Class"-a segment that fuels cultural and economic vitality-in a study released by Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine in cooperation with former Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Florida, who developed the "creative class" concept.
- Pittsburgh has been named one of North America's top three Cities of the Future by Foreign Direct Land Investment magazine, an affiliate of the Financial Times, London. The rankings are based on a variety of criteria, and Pittsburgh topped the list of large cities in cost effectiveness, which included business space rental and purchase prices, salaries and energy costs.
- Pittsburgh has the second-best home improvement professionals, according to ServiceMagic.com. The ranking was based on results of a survey of 66,000 customers who said they would recommend the professional they hired to a friend or relative.
- Pittsburgh drivers are the second most courteous drivers in the nation according to AutoVantage, a Connecticut-based automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance.
- PNC Park is listed among the Top Ten Best Ballparks in the nation by FOXSports.com. The park is touted for being the best of the new "retro" parks for its "great sightlines, terrific view of downtown and comfy without sacrificing ambience," states Dayn Perry of FOXSports.
- The Pittsburgh area has been rated the No. 1 Place in the Country for Baby Boomers to find love and keep it. The study, conducted by Sperling's BestPlaces, used Census data on marriage and divorce rates among the 45-65 set.