When you think of Pittsburgh, you probably think of the Steel City. Power plants, coal factories and smog might come to mind. Maybe you’re picturing something like the image below?

That is what Pittsburgh looked like in the 1970s, but we’ve grown so much! We’re no longer known for our factories and coal. We’re recognized for our low cost of living and thriving culture!  Pittsburgh is a wonderful city and it’s been ranked as one of the best cities to live, work and visit.

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Live and Work in Pittsburgh

A Most Livable and Affordable City

Pittsburgh has been listed on the Most Livable Cities in the US lists (The Economist, Forbes and the Places Rated Almanac) since 2000. Now, it’s getting global press. In August, Metropolis ranked Pittsburgh one of The World’s Most Livable Cities. It was categorized among cities like Toronto, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Hong Kong because Pittsburgh has the hidden cultural elements that you typically find in a big city like NYC or Los Angeles, but it’s affordable so the average Joe can appreciate it, too. Speaking of affordable, Pittsburgh is the most affordable city in the world according to a report by Demographia International.

Big City, Small-Town Love

So, what makes Pittsburgh so great? Many residents say they love their home because it has a big-city feel with small-town love. People can enjoy great food, amazing art and music and still get a positive response when they greet a stranger on the street. We don’t know everyone, but we all take care of each other.

Education

You and your children can get an outstanding education with all of the award-winning high schools and universities in Pittsburgh.

High Schools

The North Hills and South Hills are home to some of the best high schools in the state. This chart will give you a quick breakdown.

Pittsburgh high school educational rankings

High Education

Pittsburgh is a haven for higher education. We have numerous, exceptional institutions ranging from large to small, urban to rural. Below are the top 3 and a link to all of the local colleges and universities and their ratings if you’d like to do some additional research.

Pittsburgh universities

Healthcare

If you haven’t seen it in the news, Pittsburgh is home to world-class hospitals. UPMC was ranked #1 in the Pittsburgh metro area and in Pennsylvania. It also ranked #10 nationally for adult specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, nose and throat, ear, as well as psychiatry specialties. There are plenty of other outstanding hospitals including Magee-Womens Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and Western Pennsylvania Hospital. This area attracts some of the best doctors in the world, so if you have any health problems or a family history of health problems, Pittsburgh is the place to be!

Careers

If you’re looking for a job, Pittsburgh has been rated as one of the easiest cities to find a job in and we have some of the best employers in the US. Our employment rate is 4.4% and the job market definitely isn’t suffering. So what are the best industries for jobs around here?

Tech

According to Uncubed, Pittsburgh is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the US. That’s likely what attracted the big guys like Apple, Google, IBM and Intel.

Medical

In the past few years, we’ve positioned ourselves as medical leaders. The largest employer in the field is UPMC, but there are plenty of positions available around there city for hospital technicians, family practitioners, and other support positions.

Research

With the amount of impressive universities, 7,500 scientists and researchers and 150 laboratories, Pittsburgh has made a name for itself in the science research industry.

Education

Again, we have some great schools, specifically the colleges and universities. Between 1999 and 2004 there was an educational boom in Pittsburgh which created over 6,000 new jobs. The industry continues to grow and more jobs are being created.

Tourism

We were rated #6 by Travel Channel as one of the best all-American vacation spots. Our city is growing, people are visiting and jobs in tourism are expanding.

Start Ups

Maybe you don’t want to work for someone else, though. If you want to start your own business, Pittsburgh is a good place for that, too! According to Kiplinger, this is one of the best cities for emerging entrepreneurs. We have a strong community of small business, low cost of living, are well-educated and have low employment rates. What more could you want for your new business?

About Adam Packard

Adam Packard has been a marketing professional for over 10 years. During that span he has spent time in the gaming, racing, entertainment and real estate industries. Outside of the office, he enjoys all types of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf & harness racing. He resides in Moon Township, with his wife Jackie and two sons Nicholas & Jacob.