Steel City, City of Bridges: Whatever name you want to call it, Pittsburgh is a place you should get to know. Pittsburgh is full of hard-working, family oriented, salt-of-the earth kind of people. “Grabs an IC Light and Primanti Bros. kind of people,” as one Pittsburgh native put it (that’s an Iron City light beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co. and a sandwich from a Pittsburgh institution that dates back to the Great Depression and stuffs french fries into its sandwiches).
But these days, the city is experiencing a renaissance; “Built on Steel, Pittsburgh Now Thrives on Culture,” said the New York Times in 2017. The food scene is just one way in which the city is coming alive. A traditional people, “Pittsburghians” will tout their tried-and-true casual eateries, like the aforementioned Primanti Bros., Mineo’s Pizza House, Fiori's Pizzaria and Prantl’s Bakery. And those with a sophisticated palate will point to Zagat-rated Cure and Chef Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Lidia’s Pittsburgh.
Aside from eating, there’s the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to check out. You can soak in scenic views of Mount Washington or catch a Steelers game (just be prepared for overly passionate fans).
Sold? Some up-and-coming neighborhoods in which to house hunt include Bloomfield, South O (Oakland), The Southside, Strip District, Central Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and East Liberty. As mentioned, Pittsburgh is a pretty family oriented city; about 60 percent of residents are married and 64 percent are homeowners. The median age is 41.
But whether single, married, buying or renting, living in Pittsburgh won't break the bank too much. The median home price is $170,000 and median rent is $1,250.