About Pittsburgh

The strength of Pittsburgh lies in the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its landscape.

Pittsburgh is a unique place, with plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. A city built on innovation, Pittsburgh continues to push the envelope with major contributions in technology, education, medicine and beyond. In fact, in 2021, WalletHub named Greater Pittsburgh its sixth-best metro area for STEM professionals. 

But, more than Pittsburgh’s industries have changed – the skyline has been completely transformed, too!  Riverfronts are thoughtfully developed, utilized for recreation now more than ever. Businesses look to the environment as an asset, not a challenge. And, best of all, "green" has replaced "smoky" for good.

Pittsburgh is a vibrant, mid-sized city that has the feel of a small town. Its approachability can be seen on the faces of its energetic, hard-working and proud people.

A City in Transformation

Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails and soak in fantastic urban views. Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, it is a green and outdoor city in close contact with its surrounding countryside. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened its Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the world's first certified living buildings, a model of sustainability for architects, scientists, planners and anyone interested in living greener.

In the eyes of many of its visitors, Pittsburgh offers a surprising and unexpected experience, with natural beauty, unique terrain and diverse offerings at every turn. Pittsburgh's history and blue-collar image makes the city and its inhabitants approachable and unpretentious.

Take to the streets of Pittsburgh and explore this vibrant city. There are free, self-guided and guided architectural and public art walking tours are offered in many of the city's unique 90 neighborhoods.

Make the time to travel to Beyond Pittsburgh, too, where you will find everything from whitewater rafting to sailing to country festivals to hiking and more just a short drive outside of Downtown Pittsburgh. Enjoy the slower pace and beautiful landscape of the countryside.

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