Nicknamed "The City of Champions" due to the many professional sports teams in the area, Pittsburgh, PA, is the second-largest city in Pennsylvania with over 300,000 residents in its nearly 60 square miles. Pittsburgh often is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the nation for its reasonable cost of living, cultural opportunities, and low crime rate.
Pittsburgh is bisected by the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River, which join together in the middle of the city to form the Ohio River. Residential areas are located farther away from the river, with many homes located on hilly slopes that give residents a breathtaking view of downtown Pittsburgh and the riverfront. The north and south side of Pittsburgh are partially urban residential areas, with many interesting and historic homes that contain original stained glass windows, slate roofs, and hardwood floors. On the outer edges of Pittsburgh are smaller neighborhood areas with a more quiet and suburban feel.
Because it is such a large city, Pittsburgh has a diverse employment sector that appeals to a wide variety of workers in many different industries, such as education, healthcare, engineering, sports, technology, tourism, and finance. Within the education system, The University of Pittsburgh employs over 10,000 people, making it a top employer in the city. In the healthcare industry, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Highmark Inc., Heritage Valley Health System, Excela Health, and the Allegheny Health System employ thousands of Pittsburgh residents in their clinics and offices. In the manufacturing industry, United States Steel Corp. sticks to the roots of Pittsburgh’s steel production history, and employs over 5,000 people in the Pittsburgh area. Also contributing to the stable economy and low unemployment rate in the area are the many Fortune 500 companies such as PPG Industries, U.S. Steel, PNC Financial Services, H. J. Heinz Company, and WESCO International that call Pittsburgh home.