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Recently our city of bridges has been making new connections outside of the region, through national mentions and recognitions. Pittsburgh truly is a great, well-rounded city that deserves to be noted in such a way.

As search engine marketers it’s our job to pay attention to what’s going on online and trending in search, so we couldn’t ignore the mentions the City of Pittsburgh has been accumulating! We are very proud to be based in Pittsburgh and wanted to share a listing of all the ways Pittsburgh is the best city!

Pittsburgh Skyline from Mt Washington

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1. Pittsburgh was named as one of Nine Places You Haven’t Visited But Should by Independent Traveler. They say that people should, “Forget the notion that Pittsburgh is a gritty, steel industry town,” and we couldn’t agree more!

2. Forbes Travel guide listed Pittsburgh as one of its 10 Unexpectedly Romantic Cities. Our city of steel was grouped with Brussels, Madrid and Èze in the french Riviera! Forbes cites our, “abundance of nature” and our bridges as adding to the “wonder” of our skyline. Forbes also notes that what was “once a steel town now shines.”

3. Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern was recently asked in an interview by Eater, a national restaurant, bar, nightlife, and food blog, about cities that are on his radar. He’s quoted as saying: “I hate to be one of those people who’s like ‘Pittsburgh is the next big thing,’ but I get around more than most people and I’m telling you, Pittsburgh is like the next big thing.” Our geography gets us this mention, Zimmern stated we have “incredibly lush farmland” with incredible history.

4. Even the Huffington Post is recognizing Pittsburgh for something! We recently made the top of the list as the best city in America to retire in, being named the “Top Metro Area for Boomers” by the financial advice website NerdWallet. They took cost of living into account when it created its list of the 10 Best Cities to Retire. They cited our city as a good place for retirees due to the high accessibility of health providers.

5. CNN Money gave the Burgh a shout out too, as a place attracting expats. Citing our steel powerhouse history, they mentioned Pittsburgh as an area emerging as a hotbed for oil and gas boom operations. AIRINC, a provider of cost of living data has Pittsburgh on its “Cities to Watch” list. This puts Pittsburgh on the international radar in a way it wasn’t before!

6. Based on the criteria of: Universities and colleges per person, libraries per person, education level, media per person (newspapers, TV, radio, magazines), museums per person, and public school rank, Pittsburgh won the title of America’s Smartest city! Movoto, a real estate blog gave us this high honor.

7. Travel and Escape has deemed Pittsburgh as, “cool again.” We were once a dirty industrial town but now we are noted for being a, “clean, green, happening place” with great history, views, art and even some quirk. The Strip District’s unique ethnic eateries and the converted churches, such as Church Brew Works and Altar Bar, added to our reputation as being cool.

Pittsburgh Skyline from the Souths Side River Trail

What Do Pittsburgher’s Have to Say?

We were intrigued by all these national mentions and asked some influential Pittsburgh bloggers to chime in with what they thought of the recent press Pittsburgh has been gathering.

Kate Stoltzfus, jack-of-all-trades as the blogger behind Yinzpiration, host of Creative Mornings and a co-pilot/co-founder at Propelle, manages all thing social at Plumb Media, among other things, says she’s, “not surprised the media is catching on to all the great things Pittsburgh has to offer.” She cites the reason we have seen so much positive change and growth as a “direct result of the people who call this city home.” Through her quest to interview 100 Pittsburghers she’s met some of the “most creative, driven, intelligent, and courageous individuals, and I have only just scratched the surface.” She warns the big shot cities to watch out boasting, “Pittsburghers cannot be stopped—This city is only going to shine brighter in years to come.”

The blogger behind Burgh Living, Erin Marton Gaus, agrees with her fellow Burgher saying, “I’m never surprised when we show up on a list!” She accredits our growth, saying “Downtown Pittsburgh has changed so dramatically in the last five years, that it surprises many locals.” She mentions our cred as a “dirty steel town” persisting still, “when we have an out-of-town guest here, they are often surprised and impressed with the beauty and culture of the city, and because it is unexpected, the image stays with them.”

PNC Park view to Downtown Pittsburgh

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Director of Content Development|Briana is the Director of Content Development at Eyeflow. Her professional background includes copywriting and marketing in the US and China. She currently lives in great little suburb south of Pittsburgh.

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