Pittsburgh, also known as the infamous “steel city” or “city of bridges” is the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania and the 68th largest city in the US. Located on the western half of the state, the city has quickly become a top place to reside.
With a rich history mixed with modern flair, industries with cutting-edge technology and monuments of historical significance call Pittsburgh “home.” Here are six reasons why you should Pittsburgh “home” too.
As a whole, Pittsburgh’s cost of living ranks 12.5% lower than the US average. Housing specifically comes in at 62/100, making the city pretty affordable to live in. The vast majority of new construction homes start in the mid $200’s here, which is lower than the national average of $291,700 for the housing industry. Also, home appreciation is up 19.8% in the last 12 months, which means it’s a great time to buy.
Frequently referred to as the “City of Champions”, Pittsburgh bleeds black and gold through its trio of World Champion professional sports teams: The Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, The Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, and The Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB.
With the whole city and more as a consistent, loyal fan base, every game for every team is short of boring. In fact, all three teams combined annually attract 3 million fans into the city for sporting events. The impact of the fans and beautiful stadiums the teams call home, create an average of 10,100 jobs per year, which contributes $3.2 billion in wages for the region. Not only are the game’s fun, but they also contribute to the city’s economic growth!
Pittsburgh also has professional sports teams in soccer, roller derby, ultimate frisbee, and more.
On top of the professional sports scene, Pittsburgh is a growing culinary destination for residents and tourists alike. Although the yinzer city is mostly known for Pierogies, Heinz Ketchup, and Primanti Brothers Sandwiches, up-scale dining opportunities are on the rise. Grab a bite to eat in downtown’s unique cultural district before seeing a show at the beautiful Benedum Center, or squire the streets of the historic Strip District after a traditional breakfast at the infamous Pamela’s Diner.
Furthermore, Pittsburgh has over 10 museums that offer something for everyone’s interests. If you’re feeling artistic, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Carnegie Museum of Art, or even take a waltz through Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. If you’re more of a history buff, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History or Heinz History Center may be more for you. Got the kids with you? No worries, they’ll have a blast at The Carnegie Science Center.
Pittsburgh is also known for having frequent festivals and annual events throughout the year. Visit local Farmers Markets throughout the city during the fall, the infamous “Picklesburgh”, Three Rivers Art Festival, and Little Italy Days in the Summer, or Light-up Night in the Winter.
Lastly, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Pittsburgh is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the US. Ranging from regional parks to small neighborhood parklets, the city has over 165 parks. Take a run through Schenley Park, let the kids play at Frick Park, or enjoy nature at Boyce Park. Learn more about all the outdoor adventure parks Pittsburgh has to offer here.
As you can see, there are endless entertainment experiences for your family and friends to enjoy in the city of bridges.
Originally known for having over 400 steel-related businesses operating out of the area, the region has more recently shifted its economy to cater to high technology, robotics, healthcare, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, education, and services. The city is constantly growing and continuing to reinvent itself in terms of the business sector.
In return, Pittsburgh has great opportunities for work, including eight Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the metropolitan area. This includes UPMC, PNC Financial Services, PPG Industries, Highmark Health, and more.
Pittsburgh is known for its top-rated high schools and colleges. Maronda Homes builds in some of the Best School Districts found in the greater Pittsburgh area, including North Allegheny, Mt. Lebanon, Fox Chapel, Upper Saint Clair, and more. The area also has 68 colleges to choose from: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University are at the top of the list.
Although Pittsburgh’s weather typically has a negative connotation to it, there are some positives to it. Living in Pittsburgh means you get to experience all four seasons! Swim or boat in the summer, hike or bike in the spring or fall, and sled ride or ice skate in the winter. Regardless of the weather, there’s something to do during every season in Pittsburgh.
Maronda currently builds in 30+ communities in the northern, eastern, southern, and western parts of the Greater Pittsburgh region, all roughly 30 minutes from downtown. You can check out the Most Popular Places to Build in Pittsburgh here.
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