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Pittsburgh Rankings

Pittsburgh is proud to rank among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. Our city is consistently recognized with accolades from major travel and financial organizations as one of the most livable cities with one of the most viable economies. We have been honored as a first-rate city for livability, culture, and economy for several years.

2014 Rankings

  • According to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, Pittsburgh was rated as the most affordable city in America. The survey included median home prices compared to the median income. "Pittsburgh, by contrast, is a great rust-belt economic success story with an economy reoriented around health care, technology, and education."
  • The Atlantic ranks Pittsburgh near the top of the list of the ten best places to pursue the American dream. Stating, "the relative strength of the region's economy, coupled with strong community and family networks throughout the region provides an economic climate that encourages intergenerational upward mobility." Researchers from Harvard and Berkeley ranked metros where children do better economically than their parents.

2013 Rankings

  • Pittsburgh was named the 5th Best Place to Retire by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. Pittsburgh was selected because the city exposes older adults to new experiences – keeping them active, engaged, healthy and inspired.
  • Farmer's Insurance and Sperling's BestPlaces named Pittsburgh as the 3rd most secure major city in America. The study took into account economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities and employment numbers.
  • US News & World Report ranked Pittsburgh as the 14th best affordable destination in the USA. "The museums are bursting with world-class art and the regional history; Heinz Field hosts some of the best games of football in the country and there are plenty of outdoor activities along the city's three rivers year-round. No wonder Pittsburgh is ranked as the country's number one most livable city: There's a lot going on and ready for you to explore."
  • Nerdwallet.com, a consumer advocacy website, ranked Pittsburgh as the 10th best city in the country for recreational activities. Pittsburgh has 114.4 recreation facilities per every 100,000 residents, offering activities such as cycling, swimming and even lawn blowing.
  • Pittsburgh is one out of eight cities where millennials won't break the bank says PolicyMic.com, an online news platform for millennials. Citing, "Pittsburgh has transformed itself into an education, technology and artistic hub providing small town charm to go along with its increasingly vibrant nightlife. More young professionals are considering Pittsburgh with its inexpensive housing and unique neighborhoods.  Pittsburgh arts renaissance is causing many to consider it one of the country's next hipster meccas."
  • Motovo, an online real estate company, has ranked Pittsburgh as the Smartest City in the United States. One hundred of the most populous cities were ranked based on universities and colleges per person, libraries per person, education levels, news media outlets, museums and public school rank.
  • The financial advice website, NerdWallet, ranks Pittsburgh as the #1 city where boomers should retire. The survey included 50 of the U.S.' most populous cities, percentage of population between 50-70, public transportation and cost of living.
  • PNC Park was ranked as the 4th best MLB stadium for craft beer by the Daily Meal, a culinary travel website. Citing "the gorgeous stadium features impressive views of the city and the Allegheny River, but it also has really good beer from Pennsylvania's own Church Brew Works, Victory Brewing, East End Brewing, Penn Brewing, Tröegs Brewing, and Erie Brewing."
  • Roadtrippers, the first and only complete road trip planner that lets travelers map out routes, find places relevant to visit and create travel itineraries, ranked Pittsburgh's PNC Park as one of the five iconic ballparks in the U.S. Stating "Situated along the Allegheny River, this two-level ballpark provides fans with spectacular views of the Pittsburgh cityscape."
  • Pittsburgh ranked #4 on Cardhub.com's rankings for Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Wellness. The city ranks in the top three nationally in terms of average income adjusted for cost of living as well as housing affordability and rate of job growth.
  • The National Venture Capital Association ranks Pittsburgh as no. 13 of the top cities for startup capital investment. "Once a thriving manufacturing city that fell upon hard times, Pittsburgh has found new life as a home for startups."
  • Amazon.com announced its third annual list of "most well-read" U.S. cities and Pittsburgh falls at no. 10. The rankings were determined by compiling book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format, on a per capita basis of cities with more than 100,000 residents.
  • Pittsburgh has been ranked the fastest growing American city, according to U-Haul's 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report. Pittsburgh took the top spot with the highest percentage of growth, at 9.04%. "The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2012, was compiled based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area. Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area."
  • Tripadvisor.com, the world's largest travel site, ranked Pittsburgh''s PNC Park as the best ballpark in the U.S." Perched along the Allegheny River, this renowned ballpark features spectacular sights of the Steel City skyline and the beautiful Clemente Bridge. A unique two-level ballpark that opened in 2001, PNC provides an intimate setting and spectacular views and sightlines from anywhere in the stadium."
  • Readers of Under30ceo.com rated Pittsburgh as one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs. Based on a population of 250,000-500,000, Pittsburgh's 30 colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, are huge drivers in producing young talent. Other considerations were culture, atmosphere and overall appeal to the twenty-something crowd.
  • Forbes.com ranked Pittsburgh as one of the 10 unexpectedly romantic cities in the world. "If you''ve never been to Pittsburgh, it's probably the last city you'd think as romantic; but what was once a steel town now shines." Pointing out, the city's abundance of nature, the three rivers and a ride on the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mt. Washington makes for one romantic city.
  • Based on romance novels and relationship books, along with romantic music sales at Amazon.com, the company ranked Pittsburgh as the 10th most romantic city in the United States. This survey was provided to cities on a capita basis with over 100,000 residents.
  • The readers of Parents' Magazine rated the best children's hospitals in the United States and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh came in at 6th place. The hospital offers one of the nation's only bone-marrow and stem-cell transplant programs to treat children with rare neurological disorders and boasts a 100 percent success rate in performing liver transplants to cure children with a genetic metabolic condition.
  • Kiplinger includes Pittsburgh in their list of 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business. The survey focused on areas with a high concentration of small businesses, low cost of living, an educated workforce and low business costs. "The city built on steel and coal might prove to be a diamond in the rough for entrepreneurs. Pittsburgh is looking to become the new center of innovation in American energy." Noted as a valuable resource, Carnegie Mellon University assists in launching 15-20 new startups a year.
  • Gogobot.com, a social travel site, includes Pittsburgh as their #5 choice in the top 15 rising stars destinations. "Pittsburgh has an easygoing charm embodied in its friendly residents, quirky neighborhoods, and homemade dishes like pierogies and chipped ham."
  • Pittsburgh has been named among the Nine Places You Haven't Visited – But Should by IndependentTraveler.com. The city was cited for reinventing itself with a "vibrant arts scene, cool outdoor space and unique festivals."
  • Pittsburgh was rated the 5th happiest city to work in by Careerbliss.com, an online career website. The factors included relationships with managers and co-workers, work environment, job resources, growth opportunities, company culture and reputation and daily tasks.
  • Jetsetter.com, a travel site which provides insider access, expert knowledge and deals on great vacations, chose Pittsburgh as one of the best world-wide destinations in 2013. From the new Ace Hotel and the Google offices to arts scene and great restaurants, Pittsburgh is one of America''s Coolest Cities.

2012 Rankings

  • 2012 Sterling's Best Places ranked Pittsburgh as the #1 city to relocate to. The survey highlights Pittsburgh as an affordable city, with low cost of living and low unemployment rate, making it an attractive city for those looking to relocate. Repeatedly ranked as one of the most livable cities, Pittsburgh is also a hub for education, healthcare, sports and the arts.
  • 2012 Yahoo! Travel names Pittsburgh as one of the unexpectedly romantic U.S. cities, along with one of the prettiest, sighting the graceful beauty where the three rivers meet. For optimum romance, check into the cozy Priory Hotel, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, catch a Pirates game or ride the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mt. Washington – a popular place to propose – with fabulous views of the city.
  • 2012 BuzzFeed.com, the leading social news organization, ranks Pittsburgh as one of 10 Incredible and Underrated Cities to Live In. "While this city may be mostly known for sports, it's also a pretty awesome spot to hang out," mentioning the South Side, Strip District and Station Square. "This city's also got a quirkier side, with the many used bookstores and the Andy Warhol Museum located on the North Shore."
  • 2012 Bloomberg's Business Week ranks Pittsburgh 11th of America's 50 Best Cities. Just missing the top 10, Pittsburgh has strong leisure offerings and major universities. Natives are proud of their sports teams and celebrities call Pittsburgh home, such as Andy Warhol.
  • 2012 Sterling's Best Places created a list of America's Best Baseball Cities and Pittsburgh was ranked 14th on the list. The survey included cities that generate the most major league baseball players, in which 171 Pittsburgh players made the big league.
  • 2012 Forbes Magazine ranks Pittsburgh as the 11th best city for working moms. Statistics include population, violent crimes, women's annual earnings, physicians per population and average commute.
  • 2012 Parents and Fit Pregnancy magazine voted Pittsburgh as the 10th best city to "bring up baby." The magazine recognized a great healthcare system, affordable homes and a growing job market, along with the Pittsburgh Promise, which provides eligible public school students a scholarship toward college when a 2.5 GPA is maintained.
  • 2012 Pittsburgh is included in AARP The Magazine's "10 Best Places to Live on $100 a Day" survey. With affordable arts, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ethnic eateries, skyline view and the no. 1 ranked ballpark, PNC Park, Pittsburgh offers all the ingredients for a rich retirement at a fraction of the cost.
  • 2012 Careerbliss.com rated Pittsburgh as one of the 20 cities with the happiest young professionals. Factors included work-life balance, relationships with boss and co-workers, work environment, compensation, growth opportunities, company reputation and daily tasks.
  • 2012 Yahoo! Finance ranked Pittsburgh as one of five American destinations where it's possible to live on a Social Security paycheck. Median home prices of $100,000, over 10 colleges and universities, major sports teams makes Pittsburgh a vibrant, yet inexpensive, city to live.
  • 2012 DailyFinance.com voted Pittsburgh as the 7th best city for retirement in America. Stating "after decades of declining population and diminishing jobs, Pittsburgh has turned the tide with help from the University of Pittsburgh's vast health care network, a slew of start-ups and tech companies and people willing to pay its low buy-in price for high returns on dining, entertainment and overall character."
  • Pittsburgh was, once again, included on the World''s Most Livable Cities list by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Livability Survey. The city ranked 30th on the list, only second to Honolulu among U.S. cities.
  • NBCNews.com ranked Pittsburgh one of the nine places you haven''t visited, but should. The article referred to the city's vibrant art scene, cool outdoor spaces and the resurgence of diverse dining establishments.
  • Pittsburgh was recently recognized for its vibrant nightlife by The Atlantic Cities, coming in at #4 for the highest bar density in a metro area. There are approximately 7.9 bars per 10,000 households, contributing to Pittsburgh's steady economy and interesting and creative nightlife scenes.
  • Pittsburgh was named one of the top 50 cities in the United States for Global Trade by Global Trade Magazine. Between 2009 and 2010, Pittsburgh increased merchandise exports by 46%, an extremely impressive number considering that the city no longer exports steel. Pittsburgh has major trade partners in Asia, Europe, South American and Canada, and a wide-range of industries from mining to technology.
  • FoxNews.com has named Pittsburgh as one of the top US revival cities worth visiting. Citing Pittsburgh as "an urban city with a small town vibe," the news station highlights Pittsburgh's wonderful hotel accommodations, delicious restaurants, and unique eighty-nine neighborhoods as just some of the many factors that make Pittsburgh a definite travel destination.
  • Travel + Leisure named Pittsburgh's own Phantom Revenge, the largest steel roller coaster at Kennywood Park, as the 7th scariest roller coaster in the world. This roller coaster instills terror in its riders as the ride plunges 232 feet into a steep ravine—and right underneath the support structure of the Thunderbolt!
  • Pittsburgh was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the best places to retire in 2012. Pittsburgh is one of 13 US cities that were ranked on factors such as climate, cost of living and crime rate.
  • Pittsburgh was named by USA Today Travel as one of the 10 great places for regional fast-food treasures. The article named Primanti Brothers as the restaurant worth visiting, calling the classic "cheese steak" a "eureka moment" for combining a burger and fries on the same bun.
  • Food & Wine magazine named Pittsburgh as one of the best cheap cities to visit in the nation. Highlighting Pittsburgh's revitalization, trendy neighborhoods, and stunning views, Pittsburgh''s eats and treats has made this city an attractive destination!
  • Frommer's named Pittsburgh's Public Market as one of America's Best Public Markets. Located in the historic Strip District, the public market opened August 2011 and provides 65,000-square-feet of space for an array of shops and vendors that highlight the city''s ethnic diversity and thriving art scene.
  • Travel + Leisure rated PNC Park as one of America's Best Baseball Stadiums. Even the highest seat in this stately two-level ballpark (the only one in MLB) is just 88 feet from the field, so prepare for terrific views of the action as well as the Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny River—where decked-out fans wait in boats and kayaks for a stray ball. On game days, the Roberto Clemente Bridge closes to traffic so that fans can walk across it to the stadium.
  • CONSOL Energy Center ranks #10 in the world in concert and gross revenues, according to Venues Today Magazine. This Pittsburgh arena also ranks #5 in the United States, trailing only a handful of major venues. The Venues Today rankings were based on concert and event grosses from Oct. 16, 2011 through May 15, 2012.
  • The Business Insider predicts Pittsburgh to be one of the 15 Hottest American Cities of the Future. With its affordable housing, thriving student population, emerging arts and hip-hop scene and fast-growing job market, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming the newest hipster haven. The city is attracting and retaining these young creative types with its cool cultural scene and thriving economy.
  • Pittsburgh was ranked #4 of cities where buying a house is cheaper than renting, according to Business Insider's analysis of a recent report by HotPads, a real estate search engine, and reported by the Huffington Post. Pittsburgh is one of 12 cities with the lowest rent-buy ratio for two-bedroom homes out of 45 major U.S. metropolises.
  • Pittsburgh was named one of Top 25 Places to Retire in 2012 by Forbes Magazine. The article discusses Pittsburgh's below average cost of living, affordable costs of homes, and tax breaks for retirees as some of the many reasons that Pittsburgh deserves this accolade.
  • Pittsburgh was ranked #2 for business friendliness by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. In a survey completed by 6,000 small businesses, Pittsburgh was recognized as Pennsylvania's second-easiest region to start a business and as having the state's healthiest businesses.
  • Pittsburgh was named a top 10 place to retire by CBCNews.com. The article cites Pittsburgh''s population size, fueled by a financial/high tech/heath-care based economy. The article also mentions Pittsburgh's affordable cost of living, top-notch hospitals, universities, art schools and institutes all as incentives – making Pittsburgh a great place to retire.
  • Pittsburgh was named a top 10 "comeback city" by Forbes.com. The publication noted that 2009 was a turnaround year for Allegheny County, Pa. "The area struggled after the closure of large steel plants in the 1980s, and Pittsburgh's population fell by more than half in the decades after 1950… As recently as 2005, Allegheny County lost nearly 10,000 members of taxpaying households, according to IRS data. But in 2009, the losses turned to gain: after several years of both growing in-migration and falling out-migration, more taxpayers moved to Allegheny County than moved out that year."
  • Pittsburgh was named the #1 cheapest last-minute getaway by Hotwire.com. Ten U.S. destinations were surveyed where travelers found the most significant last-minute hotels bargains, versus general rates on Hotwire. Stating "built on a foundation of industrialism, this up and coming tourism hot-spot now boasts a thriving arts scene." Pittsburgh is also the ideal destination for shopping as clothing is exempt from sales tax.
  • ABC City Guides for Kids has voted Pittsburgh as their #1 family fun destination in their annual list. Stating "The Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Science Center are world class. Ride the Duquesne Incline for the best view of Kidsburgh and the city's 3 Rivers. Visit Primanti Bros., the Strip District and Andy Warhol Museum."
  • Pittsburgh remains as one of the top 10 most literate cities since the rating began in 2003. The survey, created by Central Connecticut State University, is based on number of bookstores, newspaper circulation, educational level and libraries.
  • Forbes ranked Pittsburgh in the top 20 best places for a working retirement. Factors include low unemployment rates and cost of living, plus solid job growth.
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