Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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“Mt. Lebanon”

Pros:

On the T. A few good restaurants. Pretty architecture. Early spring and late fall.

Cons:

Always cloudy. Schools are incredibly over-rated and teach to the middle (PA standards) which are right at average for the US. (Those of you from high performing districts on the East Coast or West Coast will be shocked.) Insular culture; the adults still go to "Mt. Lebanon HS parties". Alcohol culture among the adults; fund raisers are always centered around alcohol, especially beer. Yinzer culture pervades the town.

Best Neighborhoods

Lebo is a family town. If you want your daughter to be "popular" and your son to be a "jock" then you'll love it...especially at the elementary and middle school levels. High school loosens up for sure.

Markham area is pretty but the culture of the school (especially the parents) is horrendous. Washington and Lincoln, though not considered a "desireable" (that is wealthy) actually produce much better student outcomes.

Popular Activities

The Saloon. (Local yinzer bar filled with Lebo adults that think they are still at Mt. Lebanon HS.)

The Galleria on a cold, snowy day.

The outdoor pool is awesome.

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“Pittsburgh is not great for singles”

Pros:

I have never lived in a city-and have lived all over the East and West coast-that offers so many housing options that I can actually afford. The city is safe and I do not worry when walking/biking at nite in my neighborhood

Cons:

The job market is not that great and a lot of grads leave the area. If you're single there is not that many things to do except eat out and go shopping- two things that I am not all that crazy about-all the time!

Best Neighborhoods

I live in Shadyside and it's close to everything that is important to me-the university and downtown. Squirrel Hill is very similar but Pittsburgh has a unique neighborhood quality about it each with it's own character and history

Popular Activities

I definitely recommend going to the Southside that has cool shops and bars to check out. The Strip District is a great place to go-especially on the weekends-to shop or eat out of course!

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“Pittsburgh is clean”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is a clean city despite it's past reputation and has a lot of walking and biking trails with the Frick and Schenley Parks and the Eliza Furnace bike trail. Housing prices in many neighborhoods are more than affordable

Cons:

The city has many narrow streets that are hard to navigate with lots of hills and poor signage; parking is less than desirable in many areas- finding a spot and the price.

Best Neighborhoods

Mt Washington is our favorite place to live as the neighborhood sits on top of a hill overlooking the city with beautiful and scenic views. Housing there contains the whole range of prices from apartments and duplexes to rather pricey homes.

Popular Activities

We like to take guests on the mon-incline that goes down the hill to Station Square for our shopping. The restaurants in Mt Washington are very fashionable.

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“Night Life Challenged”

Pros:

I am single and Jewish and find Pittsburgh to have everything I want in my career. I work at the University and the city has many fine schools for undergraduate/graduate study. The cost of living is lower than other cities I have explored and I feel safe here.

Cons:

Pittsburgh is night-life challenged if you're single and definitely caters, in my opinion, to a more family style atmosphere. Walking in the parks and an occasional bike ride are okay but get old after awhile

Best Neighborhoods

If you are Jewish, Squirrel Hill has one of the largest Jewish populations in the area and is close to many of the universities; Shadyside is also very accessible to the city and the universities and offers reasonable housing.

Popular Activities

There are lots of synagogues and Jewish restaurants in my own neighborhood to choose from; I am also a huge Pitt basketball fan and their games are fantastic to attend.

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by Ralph:

What night life are you going to that caters to families? Typical Pittsburgh nightlife consists of women dancing in cages, body shots, pub crawls, etc.

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“Lots to do”

Pros:

Pittsburgh offers my husband and I everything we are hoping for with an expanded family on the way. The PA turnpike is easily accessible and since we work right outside of the city, takes us to work with no hassles. We both work in healthcare and the job market in this field is strong in the area. We wanted to find an area with good schools and the North Allegheny district will give us that. The area is vey safe with low crime rates

Cons:

Pittsburgh has lousy weather as we're used to sunny days which are few and far between in the area and we know we will pay more for our heating costs.

Best Neighborhoods

We live in Wexford which north of the city and it is kind of upper middle in terms of housing prices but still well within our budget; another neighborhood closer to the city where friends live is Mt Lebanon that has many of the same qualities.

Popular Activities

We hop on the turnpike and head to 7-Springs which offers great winter sports for 4-5 months every year; we like to go rafting on the Ohiopyle.

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“Pittsburgh and sports”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is a sports town, spectator sports and hands on sports-there's something to do for everyone. There are clubs of every type to go to on the weekends if you're single; I have lived in a number of cities and Pittsburgh's housing costs are definitely the best for our budget

Cons:

The city has narrow hilly streets in many areas that makes parking a challenge. Some of the neighborhoods have a real problem handling snow removal in the winter.

Best Neighborhoods

Bloomfield will be my home forever; it's called Little Italy with generations staying on their old streets and having a good life!

Popular Activities

Pittsburgh has a lot of great restaurants for any type of food you can imagine; hockey, football , baseball, basketball games; I like to jog and Pittsburgh has a ton of places to go for a good run.

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“Pittsburgh has it all.”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is one of the top cities to live in the whole country in my opinion, it is clean, has a low crime rate, a lot of outdoor activities, and housing costs will not take up your whole salary-for real.

Cons:

I work downtown and the major access is called the Parkway which is incredibly congested to and from work- it's basically two-lane; parking is hard to find and costly; and the weather is always-always cloudy. Allegheny taxes are high.

Best Neighborhoods

A lot of the suburbs north of the city offer great housing and top schools; on the south side of the city is the Upper St Clair District which is pricey but one of the best school districts in the state; east of the city the neighborhoods of Murrysville and Monroeville are often preferred

Popular Activities

Lots of unique shopping at the strip district downtown; two great parks in the city-Schenley and Frick to go biking in and boating activities on the three river that go through the city.

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“Raising kids in Pittsburgh”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is excellent place to raise kids as the school systems are nationally competitive. Pittsburgh also offers a lower cost of living than many other comparable cities.

Cons:

The streets in many neighborhoods are narrow and parking is not for the light-hearted. The distinct seasons are great but high home heating costs when the snow and cold arrives.

Best Neighborhoods

Fox Chapel, Mt Lebanon, Mt Washington all offer high quality and family friendly housing at varying costs. Monroeville/Murrysville just east of the city offers all the amenities without living in the city proper.

Popular Activities

The downtown strip district as well as the Station Square shops offer lots of unique shopping and dining experiences. Driving an hour from Pittsburgh will take you to Seven Springs/Hidden Valley for skiing/snowboarding. Lots of sporting events to attend.

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“Pittsburgh and the Universities”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is a great place to live if you are going to undergraduate/graduate school as the city has some top notch schools especially in health sciences and business. Housing is available and very affordable whether you decide to live downtown or in the surrounding suburbs that are in fairly close proximity to the universities. Pittsburgh is a pretty safe place to live overall and aside from a couple of neighborhoods where you don't want to walk around alone at night, you feel secure.

Cons:

There is not much night life unless you like the alternative music scene and if so, WYEP is one of the coolest stations in the country with a lot of sponsored events. Parking anywhere in the city can be costly and hard to find. The weather is perpetually overcast and be prepared for higher heating costs in the winter.

Best Neighborhoods

Oakland is where you want to be if you like downtown living, if not Shadyside and Shadyside boast large student populations.

Popular Activities

There is a bike/walking pathway- Eliza Furnace- that winds into the downtown area plus two cool city parks with lots of trails to explore. There are lots of sports

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“Pittsburgh is family friendly”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is a family friendly place to live. It also has very affordable housing compared to many other parts of the country. If you are employed, the city just seems comfortable overall to most family budgets. The people who live in the City are proud of their city and won't hesitate to tell you about their ties to their favorite sports teams. There is a strong blue collar component to the city as well as a sizable professional work force in certain fields.

Cons:

The city caters to families but does not have much nite life at all for singles. The club scene is almost non-existent. If you're not a professional in a health-care related field or associated with one of the many universities, the job market is just not that viable.

Best Neighborhoods

There are several neighborhoods that border the downtown like Squirrel
Hill and Shadyside that offer easy access to downtown and the Universities. The neighborhoods on the north side of town offer very affordable housing and excellent school systems. Several neighborhoods like Bloomfield offer a distinct ethnic flavor that is appealing. Some neighborhoods like Murrysville which is outside the city limits offer good schools, affordable
housing ,and easy access into the city via the Parkway-which runs right thru the city.

Popular Activities

If you're into an outdoor life style, there are several parks that offer great
biking and hiking trails; also good skiing is only about 45 minutes away. A lot of families go out to eat or go to the malls for their nights out.

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“Underrated”

Pros:

Pittsburgh is a family friendly place to live. It also has very affordable housing compared to many other parts of the country. If you are employed, the city just seems comfortable overall to most family budgets. The people who live in the City are proud of their city and won't hesitate to tell you about their ties to their favorite sports teams. There is a strong blue collar component to the city as well as a sizable professional work force in certain fields.

Cons:

The city caters to families but does not have much nite life at all for singles. The club scene is almost non-existent. If you're not a professional in a health-care related field or associated with one of the many universities, the job market is just not that viable.

Best Neighborhoods

There are several neighborhoods that border the downtown like Squirrel Hill and Shadyside that offer easy access to downtown and the Universities. The neighborhoods on the north side of town offer very affordable housing and excellent school systems. Several neighborhoods like Bloomfield offer a distinct ethnic flavor that is appealing.Some neighborhood like Murrysville which is outside the city limits offer good schools, affordable housing ,and easy access into the city via the Parkway-which runs right thru the city.

Popular Activities

If you're into an outdoor life style, there are several parks that offer great
Biking and hiking trails; also good skiing is only about 45 minutes away. A lot of families go out to eat or go to the malls for their nights out.

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by Tina:

Pittsburgh gets a bad rap sometimes but it's actually a very livable city with unpretentious people.

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