Thinking About Moving to the Pittsburgh?
Moving to a new city is a huge undertaking. From learning about the local job and housing market, to establishing a new bank account and transferring your drivers license, here are some things about the City of Pittsburgh that might help make your decision.
Unmatched Quality of life...
- Safe - The region has the lowest crime rate of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the U.S. In 2009, Forbes rated Pittsburgh the 7th safest city in America.
- Economic influence - Ranks 25 in the nation for jobs within the urban core (and 6th in job density).
- Low cost of living - Cost of living is 936% of the national average.
- High quality education - The region is home to 34 colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that are consistently featured as among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- Short commute to work - Pittsburghers spend about 25 minutes commuting to work one way.
- Stable & affordable housing market - Average existing home sales for $116,000-$162,000 for a 3/4 bedroom, 2 bath home, or 40% below the national average. ABC News and Forbes, in a joint survey, declared Pittsburgh one of the nation’s 25 strongest housing markets. MoodyEconomy.com has picked Pittsburgh to be one of five best housing markets for 2010.
Unique, Diverse and Fun...
- Spectacular ball park - PNC Park is rated as the best in major league by USA Today and ESPN.com
- Theater - Eight major theaters in Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District.
- Grand view - USA Today rated the cityscape view from Mt. Washington as the second best in America.
- On the water - Pittsburgh's three rivers provide 38 miles of shoreline for recreation and fishing.
Inviting Location for any Business...
World class airport - Pittsburgh International Airport is ranked as best in the U.S. by J.D. Power & Associates.
Growing businesses - More than 70 companies with $1 billion or more in sales operate in the region.
Fortune 500 companies - Pittsburgh ranks 6th in the nation to Fortune 500 companies such as Alcoa, Heinz, Mellon,PNC Financial, PPG, US Steel and WESCO International.
Environmentally friendly - Most certified "green" buildings in the nation.
Rivers of commerce - Pittsburgh has the nations second busiest inland port.
For more information on Pittsburgh, please check out the local links below!
on how to obtain a driver's license, vehicle registration information and the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual.
colleges, technical schools and universities. State resources, grants, lesson plans, and more for
teachers and educators, as well as links and resources for homeschooling.
Pennsylvania Utility Choice
Pennsylvania residents have the right to choose the company that supplies their telephone, natural gas or electric service.
Pennsylvania One Call System
The company provides a toll free telephone number for anyone to call before construction/renovation projects which require digging to request location of underground lines. The service is available 24 hours per day, every day of the year.
Public Utility Commission
Links to local electric, natural gas, water and telephone suppliers and information on Pennsylvania's
regulations which allow the freedom to choose your own electric, natural gas and telephone companies.
Earned Income and Occupational Privilege, and Business Privilege Taxes.