The magazine includes the steel city among five “urban gems” across the country that offer an “abundance of amenities at livable prices.”
The cities were selected from more than 60 large cities with populations of more than 300,000.
The top cities were chosen based on their robust job market, affordable housing, and factors such as accessibility to health care, culture, and open space. The magazine editors also gave extra points to places with low crime and strong public schools.
“Every rust-belt city dreams of reinventing itself for the 21st century, but Pittsburgh has succeeded,” the magazine says. “In large part that’s thanks to two tech-rich schools: the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon” from which companies like Google and Apple have pulled talent.
And unlike some tech hubs like Silicon Valley, the magazine says, Pittsburgh is affordable. “Home prices are just 2.7 times the median income.”
Also ranked No. 1 in the other regions of the country are: Tampa, Omaha, Denver and Mesa.
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