Pittsburgh ranked among Top 10 U.S. cities by Men's Journal
March 4, 2016 2:55 PM
Boaters enjoy an evening ride along the Allegheny River Wednesday near the 40th Street Bridge in Lawrenceville.
By Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Add Men’s Journal to the list of national publications that rank Pittsburgh as among the top places in the country to live.
In the April edition that hit newsstands today, the magazine’s cover story listed Pittsburgh and nine other cities in its annual offering of the best places to live in the U.S. The story is titled: “The Good Life (With Benefits) — Ten Towns Where You Can Ski, Bike, Climb or Paddle Without Forcing Your Career into Early Retirement.”
The criteria for making the cut was that the city offer Men’s Journal readers a desired lifestyle, said Rebecca Bernhard, publicity manager for Wenner Media, which publishes Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone and US Weekly.
“We selected places where you can lead an adventurous and outdoorsy life without having to wait tables or be a ski lift operator. All of the places on the list have booming economies as well as the kind of lifestyle Men’s Journal readers covet,” she said.
Pittsburgh is cited for its emerging high-tech sector, which “now accounts for 23 percent of the old steel town’s workforce and about a third of its wages,” the magazine said. But, it was quick to note the affordability of living here: “You can still afford to take a job at a startup here without crashing on a futon in a studio with three other dudes.
“And that even goes for hip districts like Lawrenceville, East Liberty and Garfield, where large four-bedroom Victorians can be found for as little as $200,000,” the magazine said. “Those neighborhoods are crowded with sidewalk cafes, tapas bars, breweries, and cider joints, all connected by 67 miles (and growing) of bike lanes and a highly rated public transit system.”
Also, the three rivers and development of riverfronts and the combination of decades-old art galleries with new ones are also cited by Men’s Journal as major positives of living here.
The other nine cities on the list are: Boise, Idaho; Fort Collins, Colo.:,Boulder, Colo.; Greenville, S.C.; Salt Lake City; Carlsbad, Calif.; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Ithaca, N.Y.; and Bainbridge Island, Wash.
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