Quality of Life
Named among the “Best Trips For 2012” by National Geographic Traveler, the Pittsburgh region is a destination where lively arts and culture and outdoor recreation share the spotlight with plentiful options for affordable living. Investments from regional public and private sector partners have helped to establish key quality-of-life amenities that are now economic generators.
Home to more than 500 arts cultural organizations, the Pittsburgh region has a rich arts and culture scene, including the 14-block area of downtown: the Cultural District. This former “red-light” district turned arts and culture hub — while also a magnet for investment — is a model of urban revitalization and is one of the country’s five largest downtown theatre districts.
Tangible examples of the region’s environmental transformation are Pittsburgh’s signature three rivers — the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. With more rivers and streams than any other continental state, the region draws residents and visitors alike for fishing, boating and kayaking as well as walking and biking along a comprehensive network of developed trails — including the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. This 335-mile trail links Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. Pittsburgh is among the “Top 10 Urban Kayaking Cities,” (National Geographic Adventure) and also one of “America’s Top 50 Best Bike Cities,”.
Or enjoy a baseball game at PNC Park, one of “America’s Best Ballparks,” (Travel + Leisure). Pittsburgh is home to three professional sports franchises:
The region’s diverse housing market has been deemed a “safe haven” while others have faltered in recent years. The region’s affordable housing market earned it a ranking as a top location for residential “bargains” by SmartMoney.com. From 89 distinct urban neighborhoods to quality suburbs and charming small towns, Pittsburgh offers a sense of place for many tastes. Pittsburgh is one of the smartest places to live (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance) from a “dollars and sense” perspective. Plus, Pittsburgh is one of the 10 best places to buy a house right now (Forbes.com).
No matter where you live here, you’ll find safety and comfort knowing that Pittsburgh has the second lowest crime rate among top 40 U.S. metros, a low risk of natural disasters and an average commute time of 25 minutes.
Built on a legacy of biomedical innovation in cultivating lifesaving technologies, medical device advances, regenerative medicine and pharmaceuticals, Pittsburgh is home to world-class health care facilities, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), ranked the 10th-best national medical system in the country (U.S. News & World Report, 2012). Pittsburgh is also home to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, ranked in the top 10 of “Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll” (U.S. News & World Report, 2011) and West Penn Allegheny Hospital, ranked in the top 50 centers in the nation for quality care in cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and orthopaedics (U.S. News & World Report, 2011).
The Pittsburgh region is “big city” enough to have major transportation assets for commerce and business/leisure travel, yet it’s small enough to make accessing these assets convenient.
For air travel and air cargo – domestic and international – Pittsburgh has the top-ranked Pittsburgh International Airport, just 15 miles from downtown. It features over 500 flights per week to key business destinations and average airfares below the national average. Nonstop air service to Europe (Paris - Charles de Gaulle) is available from Pittsburgh International via Delta. Air France, Delta’s partner, makes connections to 100+ destinations in Europe, the Middle East and India possible.
And three signature rivers support commerce and make the region the second largest inland port in the U.S. There’s also commercial access via 18 railroad systems including CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Ranked among the “Top 10 Cleanest Cities in the World,” by Forbes, the Pittsburgh region is a national leader in the environmental movement and a green model for cities worldwide. Pittsburgh puts its green expertise to work at home. It is consistently among the nation’s top five locations for numbers of green, LEED-certified buildings.
Home to more than 75 green-certified buildings, including the first green college residence hall, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and its new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) – the largest operational building pursuing Living Building status in the U.S. – and the world’s first and largest green convention center, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. PNC Financial Service Group, Inc. – headquartered in Downtown Pittsburgh – exemplifies a commitment to green. It has built more buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) than any other company in the world, including 64 USGBC LEED-certified Green Branch® locations and two major buildings, with more on the way, including a new Downtown headquarters expected to be the world’s greenest skyscraper.