Fine folks of the Burgh, we’ve made some decent headway in the world of top ten lists and media conglomerate slideshows. We’ve risen from worst city for singles, to best city for transplanters (just ask @lifeliberty and @thejqs – both Burgh Verified BTW). That’s right peeps, according to CNBC, Pittsburgh is the #1 best city to relocate to in America!
If you’re a logical person, the first logical thought that crosses your mind should be “that depends on where you’re relocating from,” right? Like we always say here at BPGH, the writers that come up with these top-ten lists should try moving here before telling the world how great (or not so great) it is. How would you like it if we told you the about the top 10 must-eat-at-restaurants in Pittsburgh – before we even tried them ourselves.
But, yay! At least we made it on some list other than the top ten fattest cities in America (surely we’re on that one). Are we still the worst city for pollution? Did you know we were once rated the 3rd worst city for hair? That one must have been awarded to us before Polamalu joined the Steelers. We used to be the worst city to ride a bicycle until we recently jumped up to the 28th best. And do you think Pittsburgh has the worst food in the country or not?
Seriously though, it’s cool that PGH made it on another list that shines a positive light on the city (even if it is just content manufactured to create some buzz around a media company or publication).
Pittsburgh, like Buffalo, has also made a major transformation from an industrial town – in Pittsburgh’s case, steel — into the 21st Century as a hub for education, health care and the arts.
Yet, it’s still surprisingly affordable: The cost of living is 12.2 percent below the national average and the average home price is $116,400, well below the national average of $171,700.
It’s repeatedly ranked as one of the most livable cities: The crime rate is low, it ranks high on both arts and colleges, and it’s at low risk for a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane or tornado.
It’s also repeatedly ranked as one of the best sports cities, with the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. You would be hard-pressed to find a city with more loyal sports fans – a fact that should not be underestimated when it comes to quality of life.
The unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, well below the national average of 10.2 percent. Indeed.com has named it the No. 18 job market, with two applicants for every job available.
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