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Pittsburgh Rankings + Accolades

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.

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2014 Best All-American Vacation
The Travel Channel named Pittsburgh as one of the best all-American vacations for 2014. Stating, "...Pittsburgh is bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city."...
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Best Views in America
Travel + Leisure magazine recently included PNC Park's Upper Deck in their list of Best Views in America. "...if the game lulls, at least the fans can count on being charmed by the magnificent view of Pittsburgh’s skyline, waterfront, and the yellow Roberto Clemente Bridge.”...
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In The News 2014

  • Pittsburgh's Point State Park, the main entrance to the city, was designated as one of the 10 "Great Public Spaces" for 2014 by the American Planning Association, the organization's flagship program that recognizes the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow. The APA chose Point State Park because it is an example of a place "where people want to be." Pittsburghers and visitors prove that every day, whether they are drawn to the park to learn history at the 250-year-old Blockhouse, jog or bicycle along its trails or simply take a break from the routine.
  • The Economist's Intelligence Unit livability survey ranked Pittsburgh as the most livable location in the Continental U.S. According to The Economist, the concept of livability is simple. "It assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions." Worldwide, Pittsburgh ranks No. 30 out of 140 cities surveyed. The study ascertains that those cities scoring best "tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."
  • Esquire Magazine said Pittsburgh is definitely a must-visit. Stating "Like a hipper, organic, authentic version of the cool downtown area near you with the bricks, only they have more bars, better food, and a brilliant arts scene."
  • Pittsburgh made the list of America's most stunning views by USA Today. Saying "the panoramic view of downtown atop Mount Washington has long been considered one of the best skyline views in the world."
  • The Economist's Intelligence Unit livability survey ranks Pittsburgh as the most livable location in the Continental U.S. According to The Economist, the concept of livability is simple. "It assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions." Worldwide, Pittsburgh ranks No. 30 out of 140 cities surveyed. The study ascertains that those cities scoring best "tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."
  • The Simple Dollar has named Pittsburgh as one of the most affordable big cities in the U.S. The top 100 largest metropolitan areas were surveyed based on the median price of a house, average rent of a one-bedroom apartment, median household income, cost of living index score, and health care & amenities. The Simple Dollar is all about saving people money and making right financial decisions.
  • Pittsburgh was recently ranked 14th best city for recreation by WalletHub. The survey compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities with the most diverse opportunities for recreation, sports and culture, focusing on everything from the cost of movie tickets and parkland acreage to affordability of food prices and the overall quality of the city's offerings.
  • Pittsburgh has been named the ultimate urban hike in the U.S. by Yahoo Travel due to the urban hiking movement that has expanded in popularity across the United Sates. The enthusiastic long-distance, stair-climbing communities of concrete hills is called "thru-hiking." Pittsburgh has nearly 45,000 steps within 700 outdoor public stairways carved through hills. A continuous thru-hike of this path would include a 24,000 foot elevation gain. Specifically mentioned in the article, "Pittsburgh's StepTrek is an annual event in which participants hike up local steps equal in height to the Empire State Building."
  • The Upper Deck at Pittsburgh's PNC Park has been included in the Best Views in America by Travel + Leisure. "Pittsburgh's classically styled PNC Park, home of the Pirates, dazzles from almost every seat. In fact, the upper-deck seats are just 88 feet from the field. But best of all, if the game lulls, at least the fans can count on being charmed by the magnificent view of Pittsburgh's skyline, waterfront, and the yellow Roberto Clemente Bridge."
  • The Travel Channel named Pittsburgh as one of the best all-American vacations for 2014. Stating, "Pittsburgh is home to more than 39 colleges and universities and is bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city. The Steel City has even become an arts destination thanks to institutions such as the iconic Andy Warhol Museum, as well as the Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum with room-sized installations spread throughout a 4-story warehouse. It's not only one of the hippest cities in America, but also it's located in the great expanse of western Pennsylvania. Spend the day in town at the Carnegie Museums, then head south to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater to see an architectural wonder or to Ohiopyle State Park for thrilling whitewater."
  • The City of Pittsburgh was named as the most exciting place in Pennsylvania by Movoto. With a population of 305,000, Pittsburgh is filled with artists, musicians, foodies and young people, with 35 percent of the population between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Pittsburgh has been rated as one of America's safest metropolitan areas for walking says the Dangerous by Design 2014 study, a group that advocates safety improvements. The study included 51 U.S. metros for its low ranger rate for walkers and Pittsburgh came in second place.
  • Movoto ranked the city of Pittsburgh as the 5th best location to retire in Pennsylvania. U.S. Census choose cities with more than 10,000 people while ranking each location according to cost of living, crime rate, amenities per person, weather and distance to the nearest international airport.
  • Pittsburgh ranked as the 17th most affordable city in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine. The survey analyzed housing and food costs, transportation and media expenses.
  • Niche, Ink states Shadyside is the best Pittsburgh neighborhood for millennials, based on low median rent, median income and crime rate.
  • HighspeedInternet.com (hsi) ranked Pittsburgh as the 9th best city for telecommuters, stating "Pittsburgh is in the midst of transitioning from Steel City to the Paris of Appalachia. The city's economy is getting more diverse and has expanded into industries such as robotics, finance, and nuclear engineering. The city is currently home to eight Fortune 500 companies and has seven universities." Along with high speed Internet access and wireless options, telecommuters also need a city with a low cost of living, a metropolitan feel and safety.
  • Grosvenor Research of London named Pittsburgh as the 5th most resilient city in the world based on climate, environment, resources, infrastructure, and community affairs to determine the stability and long-term property investment value.
  • TripAdvisor has named, PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the top ballpark in the country, stating "located on Pittsburgh's North Shore, this ballpark offers stunning views of the Steel City skyline, the Allegheny River and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans can chow down on local fare including potato pierogies and Primanti Brothers sandwiches stuffed with French fries and coleslaw."
  • 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.

In the News 2013

  • 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.
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