Home buyers are drawn to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for its good values in real estate, lower cost of living and jobs for office workers, educators, executives and sales professionals. Technology, healthcare, robotics, engineering and tourism have taken over from many of the long-time steel and electronics giants and new career directions are embraced by residents who are college-educated young professionals between the ages of 20 and 29. Here you will find 69 institutions of higher learning, including many renowned R&D facilities, as well as libraries, museums and medical centers.
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Known for years as the "Steel City" because of its large collection of steel-related businesses, Pittsburgh is also called the "City of Bridges." The number, 446, may seem excessive, but not when you consider that Pittsburgh stands at the head of the Ohio River, which is formed by the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. All this water is offset by a diverse downtown area that features 30 skyscrapers, two inclines, a busy cultural district, a pre-revolutionary fort and more bars per capita than anywhere else in the country. In addition, the downtown area called Firstside, which borders the Monongahela, is experiencing new population growth through the residential conversion of historic buildings and construction of new condo towers.
The city of Pittsburgh is organized in five districts, collectively made up of more than ninety distinct neighborhoods. Surrounding downtown Pittsburgh, known to locals as the Golden Triangle, are the North Side, South Side or South Hills, East End, and West End. The North Side is known for its well-constructed, architecturally noteworthy homes. The South Side is known for its urban density and historic charm. The East End is home to the majority of the city's colleges and universities, while the West End is known for its hilly topography and excellent views. Pittsburgh is a beautiful and highly livable (little) city with a terrific combination of economic opportunity and charm. Whichever of the wonderful city neighborhoods you choose to buy your next Pittsburgh home in, the city is open for you to enjoy and thrive in. However, if you're not in the housing market to buy right now and apartment hunting is more your speed, visit ForRent.com, where you'll find all kinds of Pittsburgh Apartments for Rent today.