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Thursday, February 28, 2019

9 Things to Know About Living in Pittsburgh

Thinking about moving to Pittsburg?


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Are you considering a move to another town? Perhaps you have heard about Pittsburgh and want to know more about what it is like to live there. This article has plenty of information about many things from housing to food.


    It’s not exactly New York City, but the city of Pittsburgh is just as good. Whether it’s for vacations or to set up your new home, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer. Pittsburgh is like a quaint, old-fashioned working-class neighborhood stretched out for miles and miles. Pittsburgh hosts many unique restaurants, annual festivals, and sporting events. Of course, there are also many things about the landscape that require some careful planning before making your move. Listed below are some facts you’ll need to know about the city of Pittsburgh.

Dialect
  The culture of Pittsburgh can be compared to no other. One of the first pieces of local dialect is the word, “yinzer.” “Yinzer” is a general phrase for a life-long city resident. It even has a plural, “yinz,” which means, “you guys.”

Traffic 
 While Pittsburgh does have subway systems, they’re not nearly as plentiful as highways. Trying to go about the city on foot can be a hassle considering the time of day. Always be mindful of pedestrian traffic signs to avoid personal injury.

Housing 
 Gentrification has hit Pittsburgh as hard as any city. The cost of living, however, remains one of the most affordable in the country. Median prices run from $100,800 for home ownership and $844 for rentals. The neighborhoods of Shadyside and Point Breeze are perfect for socializing and raising families.

Education 
 Whether it’s finding a perfect school for your child or pursuing higher education, Pittsburgh is home to some top-rated institutions. Carnegie Mellon University remains one of the most prestigious STEM and Fine Arts institutions in the world. Chatham University is renowned for it’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Employment 
 Pittsburgh isn’t the type of city you save up for and move to in hopes of greener pastures (there’s plenty at Frick Park, though). The city’s employment rate measures at 2% below the national average. Make sure to find a job in the city, before you make a move.

Infrastructure
  Since Pittsburgh intersects with the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, there’s bound to be more than a few bridges. The Smithfield Street Bridge is the oldest. The Fort Pitt Bridge leads drivers into the city via the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Culture 
 One could say that Pittsburgh is a city of museums. Carnegie hosts three different museums for art, science, and history. The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest art gallery in North America, boasting seven floors dedicated to Warhol and the artists he inspired.

Food 
 Get ready for some of the weirdest takes on your favorite foods. Order a sandwich with fries at Primanti Bros, and the cook will add them as a topping (called the “Almost Famous”). Like pizza? Try pizza with a topping AFTER it’s cooked!

Sports 
 In Pittsburgh, football means the Steelers, baseball is the Pirates, and hockey belongs to the Penguins. Each of these teams represents the pride of the Steel City. Expect Heinz Field, PNC Park, and PPG Paints Arena to be crowded with passionate fans. Just don’t forget your yellow towel.

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