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Pittsburgh Accolades + 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.

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Best Places to Travel in 2016
The Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City, with former warehouses and industrial spaces transforming into edgy galleries, like the seven-story Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, and the free-entry Society for Contemporary Craft.
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Top Food Cities of 2015
While hefty Italian bread sandwiches from Primanti Bros. remain musts on the Pittsburgh culinary circuit, as of late it’s an abundance of more refined food glories that Steel City is becoming known for.
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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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Top Destinations On the Rise
Steel and coal may have built this city, and you'll see the names "Mellon" and "Carnegie" on an awful lot of things, but Pittsburgh has come a long way from its gritty, industrial past.
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In the News 2017

  • According to MarketWatch, Pittsburgh ranked no. 41 on the Global Livability Ranking, one of only six American cities to be on the list, as well as the 6th most livable city in the U.S.
  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh was ranked as the 6th best museum for families by USA Today's 10Best.
  • named Pittsburgh the 2nd most affordable city for outdoor lovers.
  • Upgruv reported that PPG Paints Arena was ranked among the top 200 concert venues in the world at 41.
  • WalletHub compared 62 of the largest U.S. cities and Pittsburgh comes in at #3 of the best cities to live.
  • DK Eyewitness Travel listed Pittsburgh as the 9th best US city for weekend breaks this summer.
  • Smartasset named Pittsburgh the 2nd best city for college grads in their 2016 edition.
  • Reader's Digest mentioned Pittsburgh in the Pennsylvania section of America's Best Road Trips Are in these 5 States.
  • WalletHub ranked Pittsburgh the 3rd best city for hockey fans in 2017 on their list of 72 cities. With the factors used, Pittsburgh ranked 1st in highest NHL fan engagement.
  • Smartertravel listed Pittsburgh as one of the 10 insanely affordable summer destinations for 2017.
  • MoveBuddha looked at over 100 cities and ranked Pittsburgh 3rd on its list of top 10 cities for young families.
  • RewardExpert says Pittsburgh is a top 5 staycation city in 2017.
  • CNBC named Pittsburgh the 2nd best city for millennials.
  • RewardExpert named Pittsburgh a top 10 kid-friendly city to visit in 2017.
  • Travel + Leisure says Pittsburgh is one of the best cities for architecture.
  • Pittsburgh International Airport was named Airport of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine.
  • Smart Asset says Pittsburgh is the 4th best city for foodies, noting “Pittsburgh is climbing the culinary charts".
  • According to Shermans Travel, Pittsburgh was included on the list of the top 10 budget destinations of 2017 because of the affordable hotels and the lists of evolving restaurants and bars. They could not leave out that Uber used Pittsburgh as a pilot city for their self-driving cars.
  • On a list of different countries, states and cities, Pittsburgh was named America’s Most Underrated City, and was ranked number 4 out of the 17 best places to travel in 2017 by Harper’s Bazaar.
  • WalletHub looked for the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle in 2017 and Pittsburgh ranked as the 7th overall best city for an active lifestyle.
  • Oakmont Country Club, known to host the U.S. Open, is consistently ranked a great course, and was recently named the 5th greatest golf course out of 100 in America by GolfDigest.
  • According to a WalletHub Study, Pittsburgh is 2017’s 10th best metro area for STEM professionals.
  • Luxe Adventure Traveler included Pittsburgh on their list of 17 places to travel in 2017, Pittsburgh being 7th.
  • Pittsburgh ranks 3rd among CNBC’s top 15 cities in America where you can live like royalty on a $60,000 salary.
  • According to the New York Times, Pittsburgh falls among one of the five cities where less than $1,000 a month can buy a home.
  • The AFAR editor team traveled the United States in 2016 and came up with a list of 16 destinations that are closer to home that they feel as though travelers should explore, Pittsburgh being one of them.
  • According to SmartAsset, Pittsburgh is ranked 4th out of the top 10 best cities for foodies.
  • WalletHub analyzed 244 U.S. cities and found that Pittsburgh is 2017’s 2nd Best City for Football Fans.
  • National Geographic Traveller says that Pittsburgh’s culinary scene is a reason to visit in 2017.
  • Travel + Leisure, along with Niche, says that St. Patrick’s Day is best celebrated in Pittsburgh, given that 14% of the population is Irish.
  • According to Forbes, Pittsburgh is one of the 10 best cities if you want to retire early, due to its reasonable cost of living and high quality of life score.
  • ranked Pittsburgh 1st on a list of Top 10 Cities Where Downtown is Making a Comeback because it is now a place where people work, stay, dine, and hang out.
  • Business Insider looked at 13 US cities where young people are buying the most homes, and Pittsburgh was number one on the list.
  • According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh tops a list of Top 10 Cities Where Downtown is Making a Comeback from because of the mix of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Pittsburgh is ranked 20th out of 100 of the 2017 Top 100 Best Places to Live by
  • USA Today’s 10Best voted the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families, coming in at number 5 on the list.
  • The city of Pittsburgh is ranked the 21st best US City to Spend a Weekend In by Thrillist Travel.
  • Business Insider reported on data from SmartAsset that shows Pittsburgh is the number one city in America to buy your first home.
  • According to SmartAsset, Pittsburgh comes in as the 7th best city for runners, partly due to its walkability.
  • In RewardExpert’s ranking of the Best Cities to Travel with Pets in 2017, Pittsburgh was ranked 6th out of 53 evaluated cities. They were evaluated based on three categories: Pet Needs, Pet Recreation and City Profile.
  • Pittsburgh was named the Best City for Taking a Hike, according to RewardExpert, given that there are 18 hiking trails per hundred thousand residents.

In the News 2016

  • Pittsburgh International Airport is ranked 8th out of the 10 best airports in the U.S. by Conde Nast Travelers: Readers' Choice Awards.
  • Conde Nast Traveler ranks Hotel Monaco, #2 and the Omni William Penn Hotel, #12 among the top hotels in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • The University of Pittsburgh is ranked the 47th best global university in the world by U.S. News and World Report
  •, the nation's largest publisher of mortgage and consumer loan information, once again, ranks Pittsburgh as the most affordable metro area in the U.S.
  • Pittsburgh ranks 3rd amongst CNBC's the 5 cities in America where you can live like royalty on a $50,000 salary.
  • WalletHub ranks Pittsburgh as the 2nd best city to celebrate Oktoberfest.
  • Kennywood Park's Noah's Ark ride won the top prize at this year's Golden Ticket Awards as the world's top funhouse/walkthrough attraction.
  • WalletHub ranks Pittsburgh 14th most fun city in America.
  • Parents Magazine ranks Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium among the fourth best zoo for kids.
  • Runners World ranks Pittsburgh in the top 50 best running cities.
  • Redfin, along with the Beer Institute, named Pittsburgh the best city for beer lovers.
  • According to, Pittsburgh is among the cities that give the most bang for your buck.
  • Infogroup ranks Pittsburgh in the top 10 of most hipster U.S. cities. 
  • ApartmentAdvisor ranks Pittsburgh in the top of U.S. cities for apartment living.
  • named Pittsburgh the third best U.S. city for stretching a dollar
  • Worth Magazine selected Pittsburgh as one of their 15 dynamic cities for 2016.
  • Pittsburgh International Airport was ranked as one of the top ten domestic airports in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure.
  • Travel + Leisure readers voted Pittsburgh is one of their favorite U.S. cities.
  • Pittsburgh ranks as one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S. by US News.
  • ranks Pittsburgh as the 3rd best city for American teenagers.
  • Pittsburgh International Airport ranks 10th as the best airport for shopping by USA Today's 10Best.
  • Pittsburgh's Great Race ranks in the top 10 of 10K's worth the travel by Daily Burn.
  • Pittsburgh is the 3rd most affordable city for music lovers by Redfin.
  • Amazon says Pittsburgh is the 8th most romantic city in the U.S.
  • Huffington Post says Pittsburgh is among 10 cities where techies should consider moving.
  • Pittsburgh is the 3rd best city for football fans according to WalletHub.
  • Pittsburgh was ranked as the 5th best city for an active lifestyle by WallHub.
  • ValuePenguin ranked Pittsburgh 23rd out for 150 best cities for young families.
  • Of the Friendliest Cities in America, by Travel + Leisure Pittsburgh is voted number 7.
  • Tender Bar + Kitchen takes a place on Open Table's 100 Best Restaurants in America as the only establishment in Pennsylvania.
  • BizBash lists Pittsburgh at the top of the 5 U.S. cities on the rise for meetings and events, claiming "an alternative to traditional corporate destinations with availability and bargains".
  • Pittsburgh International Airport Ranked #10 Readers' Choice Best Airport for Shopping from USA Today's 10Best.
  • USA Today's 10Best names Bar Symon of the Pittsburgh International Airport, 1st for Best Airport Bar/ Restaurant Wait Staff and 6th for Best Airport Bar.
  • Men's Journal highlights Pittsburgh on the 2016 Best Places to Live.
  • Once again has placed Pittsburgh's Downtown on the national Most Livable List as No. 5 due to "expanding housing options, rising population, affordability, diversity, and around-the-clock entertainment."
  • When it comes to holidays, Pittsburgh ranked 5th out of 100 for the Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and 1st out of 100 for Best City to Celebrate Easter by WalletHub.
  • Named on Travel + Leisure's global and prestigious Best Places to Travel in 2016 list.
  • Huffington Post ranked Pittsburgh among The Top 10 Cities Techis Should Consider Moving to in 2016.

In the News 2015

  • Zagat named Pittsburgh as the #1 food city for 2015.
  • Pittsburgh named among Top 10 Cities in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Destinations on the Rise for 2016 based on destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from the TripAdvisor community.
  • Pittsburgh ranked overall 6th best in WalletHub's 2015's Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America.
  • Pittsburgh is one of seven U.S. cities on Travel + Leisure's international survey of best places to visit in 2016.
  • The Pittsburgh Taco Truck comes in as one of the spots for great Mexican food, according to the Business Insider.
  • Money Magazine says Pittsburgh, the high-tech magnet, ranks as the Northeast's Best Place to Live in 2015.
  • Metropolis Magazine named Pittsburgh one of the World's Most Livable Cities because of its preservation of historic buildings and landmarks.
  • Pittsburgh was ranked the 13th overall Best City to Live In by WalletHub, based on livability, education, health, and local economy and taxes.
  • Ballpark Digest readers voted PNC Park to be the Best Ballpark in America.
  • Pittsburgh is named an up-and-coming foodie city by Kayak, a travel planning site.
  • placed Pittsburgh 3rd among the Top 10 Best Foodie Cities.
  • The Pittsburgh area joins the "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership," as it's named one of the top twelve places to invest by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Nerdwallet ranked Pittsburgh as the 9th best city for foodies.
  • Thanks to viewership and tickets prices, Pittsburgh is the 2nd best city for baseball fans according to WalletHub.
  • Pittsburgh is among the most popular new destination for bed & breakfast travelers according to
  • Pittsburgh is the 7th best city for staycations according to WalletHub.
  • Pittsburgh is in the top 20 of America's most cultured cities by Travel + Leisure.
  • Church Brew Works named one of the best converted churches by Travel + Leisure.
  • The Toronto Star named Pittsburgh as one of the best travel spots for family travel.
  • Pittsburgh is #7 of the friendliest cities in America, according to Travel + Leisure.
  • Travel + Leisure ranks Pittsburgh #19 among America's most charming cities.
  • Pittsburgh is among the top 50 places to live in the U.S. says Men's Journal.
  •, a leading online resources used for researching communities, ranks Pittsburgh's downtown as the best in the United States.
  • Pittsburgh lands at no. 9 on Forbes list of the 15 most livable cities in the U.S.
  • Thanks to Randyland and Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh is #13 of America's quirkiest cities according to Travel + Leisure.
  • Kiplinger says Pittsburgh is a cheap place to retire, offering retirees diverse lifestyle choices.
    "Pittsburgh is hip" says Arrive magazine, Amtrak's onboard publication.
  • Huffington Post says Pittsburgh is the coolest American city you haven't been to.
  • Allegheny West is the most hipster neighborhood in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Sun Times.
  • Food & Wine magazine named Chef Justin Severino of Cure the Best New Chef of the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • The Great Allegheny Passage is one of the best and longest multipurpose trails in the East, says
  • Gaucho Parilla Argentina restaurant, located in Pittsburgh's Strip District, was coined as one of the top places to eat in the U.S. for 2015 by
  • Men's Health Journal named Highland Park's E2 restaurant as one of the best brunch spots in America.
  • The Movoto Real Estate blog named Pittsburgh as one of the top 10 most creative cities.

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 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.
  • (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.