The City of Champions

A University of Possibilities

Yes, Pittsburgh is a city of sports champions (you have probably heard about the Steelers, the Pirates, or the Penguins), but Pittsburgh is also the city of resilient, hard-working people who helped bring the city back from adversity. Those are the real champions. Pittsburgh is now America's 3rd most livable city (2nd in the continental U.S.), where you can walk, bike, and kayak for miles with urban views, yet still be engulfed in nature.

Many visitors walk away (or stay!) astonished at the beauty of this green and innovative city, that offers an affordable standard of living, some of the best health care facilities in the world, and cultural destinations that rival the largest of urban cities.

You might also know Pittsburgh as The Steel City

Pittsburgh played a significant role in U.S. history, including the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the infamous Whiskey Rebellion, and the Civil War. With access to resource-filled waterways (the city has a confluence of three rivers!), it was natural for Pittsburgh to become an industrial center for the U.S. as it grew into the nation we know today. Coal mining and steel production were the backbone for the blue-collar city and, up through the mid-1950s, Pittsburgh's steel production accounted for nearly half of the national output.

The Pittsburgh of today plays a significant role with history-making discoveries through technology, education, medicine, and research. Some of the largest companies worldwide have found a home (or second home) in Pittsburgh and its higher education institutions (like the University of Pittsburgh) are world-renowned for their research, innovation, and exceptional graduates and fellows.

Accolades

3rd

Most liveable city in the United States, 34th most liveable city in the world - 2019, Economic Intelligence Unit

3rd

Coolest City in the world - 2019, National Geographic Traveller

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3rd

Most caring city in America - 2019, WalletHub

3rd

Best city for hockey fans - 2019, WalletHub

5th

Best MLB ballpark, PNC Park - 2018, Forbes 

8th

Best large city in the United States - 2019, Condé Nast Traveller

9th

Best city for university students in the US - 2018, CEOWorld Magazine

13th

Best city for jobs - 2020, WalletHub

18th

Top Public School in America - 2020, US News & World Report

18th

Best place to retire - 2020, US News & World Report

47th

Best global university in the world - 2019, US News & World Report

Pittsburgh also ranks among the best for galleries, green spaces, breweries, coffee shops, livability, education, health care, fitness, housing and more. View the full list of recent Pittsburgh accolades on Visit Pittsburgh's website.

We have so much to tell you about the food, culture, and fun in Pittsburgh

There is an extraordinary amount to learn, experience, and enjoy in Pittsburgh that it would be impossible to list everything here. To get you started, check out this Visitor's Guide to Pittsburgh.


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