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10 Things to Know About Living in Pittsburgh

Have you ever considering moving to Pittsburgh? With affordable housing, prestigious colleges, pro sports teams, incredible nightlife, and much more, the ‘Burgh is definitely the place to be for people of all walks of life. Here are ten things to know about living in Pittsburgh!

Welcome to the City of Bridges

Cars drive across bridge in Pittsburgh with skyline on the right side. Photo by Instagram user @theaaronm

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Located at the junction of the Allegheny River, Monongahela River, and Ohio River, Pittsburgh is a city known for its bridges. With 446 bridges, Pittsburgh outranks even Venice, Italy, for having the most bridges. Want to check out some of Pittsburgh’s most famous bridges? Visit the Smithfield Street Bridge, which was opened in 1883 and is the city’s oldest in-service bridge. Or the Fort Pitt Bridge, a double-decker arch bridge that leads drivers from the Fort Pitt Tunnel into the heart of the city.

Enjoy Living on a Smaller Budget

Drone photo of Smithfield Bridge looking into Downtown Pittsburgh. Photo by Instagram user @berksbr

Photo via @berksbr

Let’s face it…whether you’re renting a home or buying real estate, finding housing can be difficult in big cities. Even though housing prices and cost of living are increasing across the country, Pittsburgh’s cost of living remains one of the more affordable options. The city has a 4.8% unemployment rate, which is 2% below the national average, and the median home price is around $100,800, while the median monthly rent is around $844. If you want to live somewhere affordable, relocating to Pittsburgh may be for you!

Find Unique Neighborhoods for Your Lifestyle

View of Walnut Street in Pittsburgh with cars parked on each side and trees line the cobblestone sidewalks. Photo by Instagram user @walnutcapital

Photo via @walnutcapital

Looking for the best Pittsburgh neighborhoods? Shadyside and Squirrel Hill North are popular among college students, singles, and young professionals because of their close proximity to nearby universities, Downtown Pittsburgh, and trendy dining and shopping options. Regent Square and Point Breeze are great for families looking to raise kids in safe residential areas with top-notch schools and spacious homes. And neighborhoods like Morningside and Stanton Heights are excellent spots for retirees who want affordable homes, quiet streets, and access to green spaces like Highland Park.

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Level Up Your Education

If you’re thinking about moving to Pittsburgh to pursue higher education, you’re in luck! The city is home to several prestigious academic institutions, both public and private. University of Pittsburgh offers top-rated medical, business, philosophy, and engineering programs, as well as Division I athletics with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Carnegie Mellon University is nationally known for its technology, science, and fine arts programs, and it’s the alma mater of notable alumni like actor Ted Danson and artist Andy Warhol. Another outstanding institution, Duquesne University, has a beautiful campus and is regarded as one of the nation’s top Catholic universities. And you can’t forget Chatham University, which frequently tops the ranks of most sustainable schools for its green initiatives, environmental responsibility, and commitment to conservation. No matter what you’re hoping to learn, Pittsburgh has the perfect college for you!

Get Lost in The Strip District

Once an industrial warehouse district in Pittsburgh’s early days, The Strip District is now home to a variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques, markets, and festivals. Snag a spot on the patio and enjoy small plates at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina. Take a tour of Wigle Whiskey Distillery and sample their Pennsylvania Rye. See unique art installations from local artists at Contemporary Craft. Reserve the ten-seat communal table in Bar Marco‘s wine cellar for a five-course meal with friends. Catch a Steelers game while enjoying ice cold IPAs at The BeerHive. If you’re looking for a fun night out on the town, The Strip is where you should be!

Escape to the Outdoors

Baby gorilla sits on moms back as it looks directly at the camera. Photo by Instagram user @pghzoo

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What better way to explore the city than to do it while experiencing the great outdoors? There are plenty of outdoor activities in Pittsburgh! Discover incredible views of the Pittsburgh skyline from spots like Grandview Avenue or The Point of View Statue in Mount Washington. Take the kids to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to see cheetahs, polar bears, flamingoes, and more! Enjoy the tennis courts, playgrounds, and trails at the 644-acre Frick Park (the largest park in Pittsburgh). Spend the day paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, or participating in on-the-water yoga with SurfSUP Adventures. Or visit Point State Park in Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle,” where you can see the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio converge!

Discover Pittsburgh Arts & Culture

Man walks through Andy Warhol museum as 3 different paintings hang from the wall covered in wallpaper. Photo by Instagram user @johngeiger_

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Did you know Pittsburgh is home to North America’s largest single-artist museum? The Andy Warhol Museum is dedicated to the renowned pop culture artist from Pittsburgh, showcasing his legacy and influence on modern culture. But that’s not the only museum Steel City has to offer! The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh include an art museum, a natural history museum, and a science museum. There’s also Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate that features Pennsylvania history. Want one more great place to visit? Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory is unlike traditional art galleries. This contemporary museum highlights experimental artwork from around the world, and some of the pieces on display encourage interaction from visitors.

Support Your Local Teams

Football player Antonio Brown stands tall and smiles after a touchdown. Photo by Instagram user @steelers

Photo via @steelers

Living in Pittsburgh means you have several options for pro teams! Head to Heinz Field to tailgate and cheer on the six-time Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers (or “Sixburgh Steelers,” as they’re sometimes called). More into baseball? Make your way to PNC Park to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play rivals like the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies. Is hockey more your speed? Spend an evening at PPG Paints Arena with the five-time Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Indulge Your Taste Buds

Pastrami sandwhich on white bread with french fries and tomatoes in the middle. Photo by Instagram user @primantibros

Photo via @primantibros

If there’s one thing you can count on with The Burgh, it’s awesome food! Primanti Bros has been a local favorite since opening in 1933. Try any of their “Almost Famous” sandwiches topped with french fries, coleslaw, and tomatoes. Smallman Galley offers a unique dining experience by combining four restaurants in one place. While there, try Detroit-style pizza from Iron Born, bahn mi and pho from Bahnmilicious, chicken and biscuits from Home, or lamb kebabs from Joey’s Snack Bar. And there are plenty of gastropubs—like Butcher and the RyeMeat & Potatoes, and The Commoner—for those who want a prohibition-style cocktail with their dinner. Find more options with this best restaurants list from Pittsburgh Magazine!

Experience the Burgh’s Nightlife

Rum drink in a hurricane glass with a cinnamon stick and piece of lemon on fire. Photo by Instagram user @mixtapepgh

Photo via @mixtapepgh

The City of Champions has no shortage of nightlife! Want rooftop views with your libations? Head to Biergarten at Hotel Monaco, where you can play pub games like Giant Jenga and order a Bavarian pretzel with your favorite German beer. In the mood for some music? Smiling Moose hosts both karaoke nights and live music—and they have great drink specials! Feeling lucky? Hit the slots or poker tables at Rivers Casino. Ready to dance all night long? Cruze Bar is one of the hottest nightclubs in town with rotating DJs and theme nights. Hoping for something more chill? Try a Purple Rain or Major Tom signature cocktail in the cafe-like environment of Mixtape. Check out these bar recommendations from Pittsburgh Magazine!


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