Pittsburgh

Quality of life in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is among the top cities with a free business environment. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in environmental quality, internet access and leisure & culture.

Pittsburgh is one of the top ten city matches for 1.1% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
179/265
Details
Large apartment$1600.00
Medium apartment$1200.00
Rent index [score]0.60
Small apartment$940.00

Cost of Living

4
215/250
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$3.20
A kilogram of Apples$4.20
Bread$1.80
Inflation [score]0.39
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$37.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$9.70
Price of a meal at a restaurant$74.03

Startups

6
48/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups11
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.52
Coworking spaces [score]0.52
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.48
Meetups groups136
Meetups members39605
Number of investors82
Number of startup events in the last 12 months605
Number of upcoming meetup events41
Startup climate scene [score]0.58
Startup events76
Startup events [score]0.67
Startups [score]0.75
Total number of startups296

Venture Capital

5
70/221
Details
Funding accelerator namesAlphaLab
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.47

Travel Connectivity

2
195/265
Details
Airport hub38
Airport hub [score]0.23
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

4
180/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Pittsburgh
Traffic handling [score]0.41

Business Freedom

9
69/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
238/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.65
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year11
Guns per 100 residents143
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.69
Lack of guns [score]0.30
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.50

Healthcare

6
176/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.37
Healthcare quality [score]0.77
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

7
26/239
Details
Best university in rankingCarnegie Mellon University
Best university ranking23
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.59

Environmental Quality

7
100/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.70
Cleanliness [score]0.62
Drinking water quality [score]0.67
Urban greenery [score]0.87

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
214/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.21
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

7
42/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)62.24
Internet access (download) [score]0.84
Internet access (upload) [score]0.57
Upload speed (Mbps)13.52

Leisure & Culture

7
82/264
Details
Art galleries150
Art galleries [score]0.75
Cinemas127
Cinemas [score]0.63
Comedy clubs109
Comedy clubs [score]0.84
Concert venues181
Concerts [score]0.85
Historical sites154
Historical sites [score]0.68
Museums90
Museums [score]0.69
Performing art venues224
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues155
Sports [score]0.91
Zoos30
Zoos [score]0.89

Tolerance

7
124/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index80.47
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.82
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.61

Outdoors

4
190/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.23
Median peak in meters533.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)253.00
Water access [score]0.54
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Pittsburgh are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Moving to Pittsburgh will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,200$1,900
$1600
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$37
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$51
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$12
-18%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Pittsburgh are high. For this job type, Pittsburgh ranks 28th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Pittsburgh.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$80,161
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

7%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

245/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Moderate
39/51
Theft
Low
24/49
Robbery
Moderate
29/41

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-22%
  • Robbery-9%
  • Theft-27%

Gun crimes & Ownership

142.72
Guns per 100 people
11.36
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Pittsburgh in position 116 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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Explore Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods

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      Who lives here

      • Professionals
      • Singles
      • Families with kids
      • Retirees
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      People in Pittsburgh

      Population of Pittsburgh

      1,507,600
      199 /km²
      252/264
      Density (people per unit of area)
      -3%
      Growth in 2015-2020
      Pittsburgh

      Demographics of United States

      Median age
      38
      Elderly people
      15%
      Life expectancy at birth
      80
      GDP per capita (in USD)
      $54,597
      12/262
      Unemployment
      5%
      117/263

      Languages

      English proficiency score
      100
      1/228
      Common spoken languages
      English

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      Teleport Users  X  Pittsburgh

      Teleport users who are      Pittsburgh

      Work in:

      Software Engineer
      10.53%
      Web Developer
      4.39%
      Project Manager
      3.51%
      Administrative Assistant
      2.63%
      Product Manager
      2.63%
      Mobile Developer
      2.63%
      Copywriter
      2.63%
      Other
      71.05%

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      LGBT rights in Pittsburgh

      Discrimination

      Illegal In Some Contexts

      Marriage

      Legal

      Adoption

      Legal

      Climate

      Average number of clear days per year

      58

      Climate type

      Warm Summer Continental

      Average daily maximum temperature

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      Impressions from Pittsburgh

      6:06 What to Do in Pittsburgh | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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      On living in Pittsburgh

      The pleasure of Pittsburgh remains a well-kept secret. Though not built up by reputation, the city's unique combination of bridges, steep hills, and broad rivers make it one of the most naturally scenic cities in the country. Cheap food and beer abound in this true sports town and the locals are amazingly friendly. A city of about 307,000 in Allegheny County, at the center of a metro area of about 2.4 million in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is situated at the confluence of three rivers: the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River. The city's unique terrain has resulted in an unusual city design and a hodge-podge of unique neighborhood "pockets" with diverse ethnic and architectural heritage. Pittsburgh has a rich history and, for its size, an unusual array of cultural treasures, largely thanks to the wealth that was generated when Pittsburgh was a hub of industry.

      This system of districts is based upon the Pittsburgh Wayfinder System, a series of 5-colored maps of the city you will see on directional signs throughout the city. Each color indicates a different region, while the blue lines represent the three rivers.

      The first European to "discover" the site of Pittsburgh was French discoverer/trader Sieur de La Salle in his 1669 expedition. The settlement of Pittsburgh began as a strategic point at the confluence of three rivers, with Britain, France, and the local Native American tribes all vying for control over this spot and thus, the region. On what is now referred to as The Point, where the rivers meet, several forts were constructed by competing French and British forces during the French and Indian War. In 1758, British general John Forbes ordered the construction of Fort Pitt, named after British Secretary of State William Pitt the Elder. He also named the settlement between the rivers "Pittsborough".

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      Good Country Index

      Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

      Overall ranking

      United States
      23rd from a total of 163 countries

      World Order

      26th

      Refugees hosted

      Refugees generated

      Charity giving

      Birth rate

      UN Treaties signed

      International Peace & Security

      66th

      Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

      International violent conflict

      Peacekeeping troops

      Arms exports

      Internet security (2014)

      Planet & Climate

      34th

      Ecological footprint

      Reforestation since 1992

      Hazardous pesticides exports

      CO2 emissions

      Ozone

      Prosperity & Equality

      46th

      Development assistance

      FDI outflows

      Fairtrade market size

      UN volunteers abroad

      Open trading

      Culture

      53rd

      Freedom of movement

      Press freedom

      Creative services exports

      UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

      Creative goods exports

      Science & Technology

      20th

      Nobel prizes

      Patents

      Journal exports

      International publications

      International Students

      Health & Wellbeing

      12th

      Pharmaceutical exports

      Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

      Food aid

      Humanitarian aid donations

      International Health Regulations Compliance

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