26 Rankings That Prove Pittsburgh is Better Than Every Other City

It’s no secret that Pittsburgh loves Pittsburgh. But so does everyone else it seems. And this article is the proof. It’s a list of every award and accolade Pittsburgh has received in recent history. Looks like everyone is hopping on the Pittsburgh bandwagon – and we’re damn proud of it!

1. Most livable

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Since 2000 Pittsburgh has topped a most liveable city list six times. The Economist, Forbes and the Places Rated Almanac.

2. Resilient

According to a report published by Grosvenor, a privately owned property group, Pittsburgh’s ability to adapt to and rise above new challenges makes it the 5th most resilient city in the world.

3. Keeping the dream alive

Thanks to a strong economy, a stronger sense of community and upward mobility Pittsburgh is one of the best cities in the U.S. to pursue the American dream.

4. Must-see view

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The view of Pittsburgh from Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington made the list of America’s most stunning views and ranks as one of the best skylines in the world.

5. Generous

Pittsburgh is home to a bunch of givers who make charitable donations at a rate that exceeds other cities. It’s also home to an expansive sector of non-profits, charities, foundations and philanthropists.

6. Safe and secure

The world is a dangerous place. But Pittsburgh is the third safest city in the states. That’s what Farmer’s Insurance found when they evaluated risk factors like economic stability, crime and natural disasters.

7. Youthful

A recent article on Greatist.com ranks Pittsburgh as one of the best cities for 20-somethings. Factors like affordable rent and a good job market, paired with bars and nightlife, create a place young people want to live

8. The comeback city

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When the steel mills closed Pittsburgh suffered. But the city found its footing with a stronghold on tech, education and healthcare earning Pittsburgh a place on the Forbes list of  top Comeback cities.

9. Up and coming

This city isn’t just a comeback city, it’s an up and coming city. More specifically, USA Today honed in on East Liberty when selecting 10 up and coming neighborhoods across the county.

10. Smartest

Taking into account indicators of intelligence like universities, libraries, education level museums and public school rankings, Pittsburgh proved to be the smartest city in the states.

11. A foodie fantasy

Move over Austin,  New York and San Francisco. Bon Appetit magazine chose Pittsburgh as the nation’s next food town.

12. A place to party

Yeah, we’re smart. But we also know how to party. It helps that Pittsburgh has more bars per capita than any other city and ranks second in pizza shops.

13. Exciting

Packed with young people who crave culture, music, arts and good food Pittsburgh was named the most exciting place in Pennsylvania. Take that Philly.

14. Recreational

When it comes to parks and rec Pittsburgh is one of the nation’s best places to play. The quality and abundance of its parks, affinity for sport and recreation facilities make it so.

15. Bikeable


Thanks to the work of BikePGH and the efforts of Mayor Peduto, Pittsburgh is becoming more bikeable and walkable and accessible for non-car users as evident in its selection as one of America’s most bikeable cities.

16. Affordable

When comparing median income with the cost of living Pittsburgh ranks #1 in affordability among U.S. cities.

17. A leader in literacy

An annual study of literacy puts Pittsburgh in the upper echelon of U.S. cities thanks to an abundance of number of bookstores, educational attainment and library resources.

18. World’s best trip

What does Pittsburgh have in common with a beach in Thailand and a volcano in Africa? All three of these places were selected to National Geographics list of best trips in the world.

19. Beautiful ballpark

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According to ESPN Pittsburgh didn’t just get the design of PNC Park right, it’s perfection. It’s the “perfect blend of location, history, design, comfort and baseball.” Their words.

20. An All-American vacation

A combination of arts and outdoors won over the decision makers at the Travel Channel who included Pittsburgh on a list of All-American Vacations.

21. Biggest bibliophiles

That means Pittsburghers read – A. LOT. Amazon compiled the data and named Pittsburgh to its list of “most well-read” cities.

22. Romantic

The Steel City has a soft side, and a soft spot for romance and chivalry. That’s why Forbes named Pittsburgh to its list of unexpectedly romantic cities.

23. Ultimate urban hike

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Pittsburgh has 700 outdoor public stairways carved through hills with more than 45,000 steps making it Yahoo’s choice for America’s best urban hike.

24. Kid-friendly

Attractions like the Carnegie Science Center, Aviary, Zoo and Children’s Museum make Pittsburgh one of the best family travel destination.

25. A rich retirement

According to Livability.com a combination of arts and affordability make Pittsburgh the perfect place to settle in after you call it quits.

26. Startup central

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When it comes to starting a business, Pittsburgh is great choice. Kiplinger crunched the numbers on cost of living, investment capital, educated workforce and business costs when making its list of best cities to start a business.