Pennsylvania, USA
  • Pittsburgh    Pittsburgh

City of Steel

Pittsburgh, the Steel City, today is an economic powerhouse built on technology, research, health care and financial companies.  The city that once produced up to half of the nation's steel now has no steel mills downtown.  Instead, a vibrant, ethnically diverse quality of life flourishes.  To top it off, Pittsburgh has some of the biggest -- and most vocal -- sports fans in the country!


Pittsburgh's strength today is found in its relatively stable economy that sits on the backbone of major financial headquarters and campuses for companies like Google, Intel, RAND and Apple.  During its rebirth, the city converted abandoned industrial sites into great housing, shopping and office areas. 

By the time Pittsburgh had recovered from corporate raids, it had become a major worldwide travel destination and named one of the most livable cities in the country. From distinct neighborhoods where you can get great food to gleaming skyscrapers that peek at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers that form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh is a great place to visit ... and live.


  • Hot summer continental

Physical Environment

  • City with at least one 50-story building
  • Rolling countryside


  • Local professional ballet
  • Local community theatre
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Local film festival
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Fine art museum
  • Local professional symphony


  • Moderate


  • $$$ -- Prices seem reasonable


  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Snow skiing within 50 miles
  • Casino gaming within 25 miles
  • Public golf course
  • Professional sports


  • Safe bike corridors
  • International airport
  • Lots of downtown living space
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Working farms within 25 miles
  • Public squares
  • Vibrant public transportation system


  • Community senior center
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • University teaching hospital
  • Community swimming pool