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Fast Facts

Fast Facts (compliments of VisitPittsburgh.com)

Founded

1758

Population

334,563 (City of Pittsburgh)
1.33 million (Allegheny County)

Area

55 sq. mi.

Elevation

1,223 ft.

Average Temperature

Spring – High: 61    Low: 38    Avg.: 49
Summer – High: 83    Low: 59    Avg.: 71
Fall – High: 64    Low: 42    Avg.: 53
Winter – High: 39    Low: 22    Avg.: 30

Sports

Pittsburgh eats, drinks and sleeps major league sports. Our Steelers have won the Super Bowl six times. The Penguins have raised the Stanley Cup three times. And the Pirates have won the World Series five times.

Recent Awards

In a 2009 survey by Britain’s Economist, Pittsburgh was named the most livable city in the United States – and 29th in the world.

  • The city ranked in the nation's Top 20 on the Brookings Institution list, 2009.
  • Forbes Magazine cited it as the sixth best city in "Ten Cities For Job Growth In 2009."
  • In 2007 Pittsburgh was heralded "America's Most Livable City" by Places Rated Almanac .
  • It ranks  seventh in the world as headquarters for Fortune 500 companies. (ALCOA, USX, Heinz and PPG call Pittsburgh home.)
  • Pittsburgh is the  ninth best place in the country for small businesses (Entrepreneur Magazine).
  • It boasts J.D. Power’s top airport in the country and Conde Nast Traveler’s  second best airport in the world.
  • Point State Park is the  second best view in the nation, according to USA Today Sunday Magazine.
  • Pittsburgh is one of Forbes.com top 10 cities for job growth and top 10 up-and-coming tech cities.
  • Interesting Facts
  • Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half of the population of the U.S.
  • Pittsburgh has 723 bridges within the city limits, second only to Venice, Italy.
  • More than 10 million people visit the city annually.
  • Pittsburgh is the largest inland port in the country.
  • Famous Firsts
  • Commercial radio station – KDKA
  • Polio vaccine
  • Heart and liver transplant
  • Big Mac
  • Ferris wheel
  • Newspaper west of the Alleghenies
  • U.S. Public TV station – WQED