Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state and the 22nd largest urban area in the United States. The population of the city in 2010 was 305,704, while that of the seven-county metropolitan area stood at 2,356,285. Pittsburgh is known as “the City of Bridges”, featuring 446 bridges across Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.
Average temperature in summer (July): 82.7 ºF (28.2 ºC)
Average temperature in winter (January): 19.9 ºF (-6.7 ºC)
Historically viewed as an industrial giant in the production of steel, iron, aluminum and glass, Pittsburgh has gone through a major renaissance to become a business center, with its economy largely based on healthcare, education, technology, robotics, and financial services.
Pittsburgh is home to eight Fortune 500 companies, including U.S. Steel, PPG Industries and H.J. Heinz. The region is the nation’s center for nuclear engineering and has a diversified and balanced economy that emphasizes technology, world-renowned healthcare and outstanding universities.
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Health Care & Life Sciences
Information & Communications Technology
Pittsburgh is home to 35 colleges and universities, most notably Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. Over 169,000 students enrolled each year and 36,000 degrees are awarded annually. The world class rankings include:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- 1st-Best Computer Science Ph.D. program (U.S. News and World Report)
- 35th-Best University in the World (London Times)
- 5th-Best Business School (Wall Street Journal)
- University of Pittsburgh
- 88th-Best University in the World (London Times)
- Best Business School Value in the U.S.; 8th-Best in the World (Financial Times)
There are more than 500 arts and cultural organizations, including world class museums, performing arts, organizations and neighborhood entities. Pittsburgh proudly owns one of the country’s five largest downtown theater districts.
Pittsburgh is home to three professional sports franchises: Penguins, Pirates and Steelers. Besides sports, people can go hiking to falling water, or enjoy family fun in Kennywood Amusement Park.
Recent rankings for the region include:
- Most Livable U.S. City, The Economist
- A Top America’s City of the Future, fDi
- Economically Strongest U.S. Metros, The Brookings Institution
- Best Commercial Real Estate Market, Moody’s
- Best Cities for Recent Graduates, Huffington Post
- Least-Costly Place to Do Business, KPMG
- Top Ten American Comeback Cities, Forbes
- A Top Ten Metro Area for Brain Gain, Wall Street Journal
- U.S. Cities with the Fastest Growing Job Markets, The Atlantic Cities
- No. 1 Best City to Relocate to in the U.S., Sterling’s Best Places
- Best of the World, National Geographic Traveler
- A Top International Destination for 2013, Jetsetter.com
- Top Ten Happiest Cities to Work, CareerBliss.com
- Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments, Mashable
- Top 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business, Kiplinger
Pittsburgh.net is Pittsburgh’s largest regional online directory featuring an eclectic mix of information as diverse as the city itself. No matter what your interests, you’ll find an extensive list of the city’s restaurants, museums, theaters, shops, parks and nightspots. You can also use this site to explore Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and ethnic communities, learn interesting Pittsburgh facts, or send free postcards of the city to family and friends.
Pittsburgh Travel Guide on Wikitravel, a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide.
VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County and the lead tourist promotion agency for the Pittsburgh and its Countryside group. VisitPittsburgh is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.
City of Pittsburgh official site.