Best Cities 2010: Pittsburgh, PA

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Best Cities 2010: Pittsburgh, PA

Home to the first Ferris wheel and Heinz Ketchup, Pittsburgh is also known for its excellent health and education programs.

City: Pittsburgh

State: Pennsylvania

Best Cities Overall Rank: 49

About Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is home to the first Ferris wheel and Heinz Ketchup!

The Klondike Bar originally cost a nickel when Sam Islay started selling them at his chain of dairy stores in 1929.

Pittsburgh averages an 11.9 to one pupil/teacher ratio, along with five Blue Ribbon Schools and 50 NAEYC accredited preschools.

Pittsburgh also has 2 quality Children’s Hospitals and 10 quality pediatricians.

County: Allegheny

Population: 310,037

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh blogs:

Burgh Baby, Pittsburgh Mom

Pittsburgh‘s Facebook page: Follow Pittsburgh on Facebook 

Pittsburgh‘s Twitter page: Follow Pittsburgh on Twitter 


Education rank: 9

High School graduation rate 2008: 64%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.61

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 50

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 16.13

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 271

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 11.9

Total Expenditures Per Student: $17,042


Health rank: 37

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.65

Quality Pediatricians: 10

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 3.23

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 4.67


Safety rank: 74

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3358

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1083.09

Sex Offenders: 616

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 198.66


Economy rank: 49

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.1        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.9      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1016.13

Median Home Sale Price: $81,200                     

5-Year Home Value Index: 3.17%                        

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 10.73%


Recreation Rank:  58

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3084          

Parkland per 100,000: 994.72