Moving to Pittsburgh, PA

Thinking about moving to Pittsburgh?

You’ve made a smart choice, literally: according to Forbes, Pittsburgh is America’s second-smartest city, with a highly-educated population that keeps on growing. Pittsburgh’s position on this list highlights the underlying changes leading to the city’s revitalization: though long known as a manufacturing giant with a reputation for producing steel, today Pittsburgh is defined by its brainpower.

With Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh pumping out highly-educated graduates and some of the best young tech talent each year, Pittsburgh has become a center for higher education and technical enterprise. And with tech companies come jobs, millennials, revitalized neighborhoods, and hip bars and restaurants.

Pittsburgh’s secret is out.

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Living

Pittsburgh is home to 303,625 Pittsburghers. With an area of 55.4 square miles, Pittsburgh has a population density of 5,481 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,342,299 people, of which Pittsburgh proper’s population makes up 13%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Pittsburgh has going for it. The median home value in Pittsburgh is $123,500, -38% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Pittsburgh is $91. Over the past 5 years, home values in Pittsburgh have increased by 8%.

Renters in Pittsburgh will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Pittsburgh is $1,118 per month, which is 22% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Pittsburgh have decreased by 1.6%.

Economy

Pittsburgh’s economy is growing strong. The Pittsburgh metro area’s GDP grew by 18% between 2010 and 2015, from $118 billion in 2010 to $139 billion in 2015, a total increase of $21 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $59,289. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Pittsburgh, PA is $52,499, 10% higher than the national median. Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate is 5.3%.

Pittsburgh, PA Arts and Entertainment

Morcilla

3519 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Spoon

134 South Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Casellula at Alphabet City

40 W. North Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Casbah

229 S Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Pork & Beans

136 6th St Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pizzuvio

268 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Union Standard

524 William Penn Pl Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Carnegie Cafe

4400 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Restaurants
Morcilla
Bar Marco
Spoon
Casellula at Alphabet City
Casbah
Pork & Beans
Pizzuvio
Union Standard
Carnegie Cafe

Allegheny Wine Mixer

5326 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Butcher and the Rye

212 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Gooski's

3117 Brereton St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Hidden Harbor

1708 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Apteka

4606 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Seven

130 Seventh St Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cavo Nightclub

1916 Smallman St Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Butterjoint

214 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Butterjoint

242 51st St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Nightlife
Allegheny Wine Mixer
Butcher and the Rye
Gooski's
Hidden Harbor
Apteka
Seven
Cavo Nightclub
Butterjoint
Butterjoint

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Museum of Art

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Science Center

1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States

Culture
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Science Center
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
The Andy Warhol Museum
Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Pittsburgh might not be for you. Pittsburgh winters are cold, with an average temperature of 33 degrees. Summers in Pittsburgh are cool, with an average temperature of 70 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 60 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 43 degrees.

If you’re moving to Pittsburgh, you better bring your umbrella! Pittsburgh sees an average 151 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 38.2 inches. Pittsburgh is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 68. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Pittsburgh only gets an average of 2,021 sunny hours per year and 59 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Pittsburgh is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 706 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Pittsburgh are relatively low, with a rate of 3,225 incidents per 100,000 persons, a lower rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Pittsburgh what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Pittsburgh spends 33.4 hours in traffic each year, with about 11% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Pittsburgh is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Pittsburgh has a regional price parity of 103.2, -5.8% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Pittsburgh is a well-educated city, with 18% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 9% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 10% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Pittsburgh is 42.7 years. 48.4% of the population in the Pittsburgh metro area is male, while 51.6% is female. 3.3% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Pittsburgh is 88% white and 8% African American.

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