Map of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Area
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, residents wear their city’s gritty reputation as a badge of pride. The reality is that the city has evolved over the decades to become one of the country’s most livable cities.
Celebrated for its walkability, outdoor sports, and vibrant food, music, and art scenes, Pittsburgh has carved an undeniable and distinctive identity for itself.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Steel City.
Where is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Located on the U.S. Map?
Pittsburgh is in southwestern Pennsylvania, a state in the northeastern United States. It is near Pennsylvania’s borders with West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland and is intersected by interstates 70 and 76.
The closest largest cities to Pittsburgh include Akron, Ohio (92 miles away); Cleveland, Ohio (115 miles); Buffalo, New York (180 miles); Washington, D.C. (188 miles); and Baltimore, Maryland (195 miles).
Pittsburgh is also close to the United States-Canada border. It is 188 miles away from London, Ontario, Canada, 195 miles from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and 203 miles from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Three large rivers run through Pittsburgh: the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio.
How Big is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?
Pittsburgh is a densely populated medium-sized city. It covers an area of about 59 square miles and the city’s population is estimated at 302,000, with its metro population estimated at just over 1.7 million. It is the county seat of Allegheny County.
Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia, which has an estimated population of 1.6 million in the city alone. Pittsburgh is ranked as the 66th largest city in America.
Its metropolitan area includes cities and towns in Pennsylvania (including Penn Hills, Hempfield, and Mount Lebanon), West Virginia (Weirton), and Ohio (Steubenville).
Is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a Good Place to Live?
Pittsburgh is considered one of the most livable cities in the United States. In 2019, Pittsburgh was named the third most livable city in the United States and the 34th most livable city in the world in an annual report from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The rankings are based on stability, health care, education, infrastructure, culture, and environment. Pittsburgh has racked up similar accolades in the past, including being named “one of the 40 prettiest cities in the world” by the Huffington Post and “America’s Most Livable” city by Forbes in 2010.
Residents cite Pittsburgh’s mix of an urban and suburban feel, its revitalized waterfront, its abundance of green spaces, and the low cost of living as particularly inviting.
What are the best places to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?
Highland Park is consistently popular with both young professionals and families. It boasts a mix of historic homes, walking trails, and playgrounds and is home to several big-city attractions, including the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Regent Square is a more artsy and upscale alternative that borders the 600-acre Frick Park. Both Bloomfield and Friendship are undergoing gentrification, driven by young residents, and the colorfully named Mexican War Streets away is known for its art galleries, local businesses, and cafes.
Squirrel Hill North and Shadyside are among the most populous neighborhoods that tend to be more family-oriented and quiet.
What is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known for?
Its Unique Look
In addition to its three rivers, Pittsburgh is known for its many bridges, giving the city a unique industrial feel and quirky charm (the city is also known as “The City of Bridges”). “Steel City,” its more popular nickname, reflects its strong connection to the United States steel industry.
There are 446 bridges in the city, including the Fort Pitt Bridge, South Tenth Bridge, and Roberto Clemente Bridge, all bright yellow. It has the most bridges of any city in the world.
The Steelers Nation is a powerful one. It’s also one to be proud of, with six National Football League Super Bowl championships (they’ve played in 16 and hosted 11). The town is often emblazoned in yellow-and-black whether it’s football season or not.
The town is also home to Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
College teams in the area are also popular and accomplished, including University of Pittsburgh Panthers football and men’s basketball, and Duquesne University football.
The Andy Warhol Museum
The legendary pop artist was born in Pittsburgh, and the city now preserves his legacy at this acclaimed museum.
It boasts a comprehensive collection of the artist and filmmaker’s work and a rotating schedule of special exhibits and events. It also shares a great deal about his life and upbringing in Pittsburgh.
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center
Named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who was born in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, the center features art galleries, classrooms, and live performance spaces.
Apart from its highly regarded restaurants, Pittsburgh is the origin city of several foods that have since become household names, including Heinz Ketchup, the McDonald’s Big Mac, chipped ham, perogies, Primanti Bros., and the Klondike Bar. Hmm, maybe there’s something (delicious) in the air?
Yes, that’s right. The beloved Fred Rogers, the host of the long-running children’s TV program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a longtime resident and filmed the series in Pittsburgh.
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Science Center
Andrew Carnegie dominated Pittsburgh (and American) industry through his Carnegie Steel Company based in the city (it became U.S. steel after he sold it to J.P. Morgan).
Carnegie Mellon University now bears his name, as do four major Pittsburgh attractions. The Carnegie Museum of Art, located in the Oakland neighborhood, is known for its modern art collection and features work from exemplary American artists such as Winslow Homer.
The Carnegie Science Center is equally impressive — and kid-friendly.
It includes interactive exhibits on the universe, the human body, and robots, as well as a large planetarium.
The Natural History Museum focuses on the diversity of American nature and is particularly known for its dinosaur specimens, the Halls of North American Wildlife and African Wildlife, and the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.