Pittsburgh is a true Renaissance city. Once known as a center for heavy manufacturing and steel production, Pittsburgh has successfully transformed itself into a modern city known for software development, telecommunications, biomedical technology, environmental technology, robotics and advanced manufacturing. Pittsburgh's renowned skyline, which has changed over the years, offers a beauty that goes beyond simple scenery with a culture that adeptly combines the new -- a modern, high-technological environment with that of the old -- a tranquil and tree-lined quiet city from the past. Over the years, Pittsburgh welcomed generation after generation of immigrants and today enjoys the benefits of countless ethnic influences, east and west, in everything from music to traditional dance and outstanding dining.
Cultural and ethnic diversity, renowned educational institutions, world-class medical facilities, short commutes and a low cost of living combined make Pittsburgh one of the most livable cities in America. Add to this mix the region's breathtaking urban and rural landscapes, an abundance of outdoor activities, professional sports and a thriving nightlife and you can see why southwestern Pennsylvania is such a desirable place to live, work and play. Visits to cultural attractions, museums and historic sites are the primary activities of leisure travelers to Pittsburgh. There are 30 colleges and universities in southwestern Pennsylvania with a combined enrollment of over 100,000 students, and this region is known for its pioneering role in medical research and technology. Ranked as the 22nd largest MSA in the United States, Pittsburgh has a total population of 2,360,867, a .19% increase since the 2010 Census. Pittsburgh was founded in 1758, incorporated in 1816, covers 4,625 square miles and has an elevation of 1,223 feet.
Pittsburgh is also home to three major sports teams. One of the original National League teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates have won five World Series with recent victories in 1971 and 1979. Home games are played at PNC Park. One of the most successful teams in National Football League history, the Steelers are famous for their tough defenses. The Steelers play their homes games at Heinz Field. The three-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have enjoyed many winning seasons. Pittsburgh is the only city to consistently rank as one of the Top 10 Most Livable Cities in North America (Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac) and it is the 7th largest corporate headquarters city in the nation.
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