71 Facts About Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Allegheny County.

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Pittsburgh is located in southwest Pennsylvania at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River, which combine to form the Ohio River.

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Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges.

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For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York City and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U S stockholders per capita.

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In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the "eleven most livable cities in the world".

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Pittsburgh was named in 1758, by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

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The Pittsburgh Press continued without the h in its nameplate until August 1, 1921.

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Pittsburgh began construction on Fort Pitt, named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough".

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The following year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was started, and in 1787, the Pittsburgh Academy was chartered.

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Pittsburgh Agreement was subscribed in May 1918 between the Czech and Slovak nationalities, as envisioned by T G Masaryk, concerning the future foundation of Czechoslovakia.

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Pittsburgh became a main destination of the African-American Great Migration from the rural South during the first half of the 20th century.

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Steps of Pittsburgh consist of 800 sets of outdoor public stairways with 44, 645 treads and 24, 090 vertical feet.

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In 1993 the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh purchased the South Side Works steel mill property.

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East End of Pittsburgh is home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University, Chatham University, The Carnegie Institute's Museums of Art and Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

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Pittsburgh falls within the borders of the Northeastern United States as defined by multiple US Government agencies.

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Pittsburgh is the principal city of the Pittsburgh Combined Statistical Area, a Combined statistical area defined by the U S Census Bureau.

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Pittsburgh falls within the borders of Appalachia as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and has long been characterized as the "northern urban industrial anchor of Appalachia.

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The lone monitor used is immediately downwind and adjacent to U S Steel's Clairton Coke Works, the nation's largest coke mill, and several municipalities outside the city's jurisdiction of pollution controls, leading to possible confusion that Pittsburgh is the source or center of the emissions cited in the survey.

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Pittsburgh has a combined sewer system, where its sewage pipes contain both stormwater and wastewater.

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Pittsburgh has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the nation, and the fifth-largest Ukrainian community per the 1990 census.

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Pittsburgh has one of the most extensive Croatian communities in the United States.

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Pittsburgh has a sizeable Black and African American population, concentrated in various neighborhoods especially in the East End.

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Pittsburgh ranked 15th of the 69 places in the number of residents 25 years or older who completed a high school degree, at 84.

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Pittsburgh has adapted since the collapse of its century-long steel and electronics industries.

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Pittsburgh has hosted many conventions, including INPEX, the world's largest invention trade show, since 1984; Tekko, a four-day anime convention, since 2003; Anthrocon, a furry convention, since 2006; and the DUG East energy trade show since 2009.

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Pittsburgh has teamed up with a Los Angeles-based production company, and has built the largest and most advanced movie studio in the eastern United States.

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Pittsburgh is home to a number of art galleries and centers including the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, University Art Gallery of the University of Pittsburgh, the American Jewish Museum, and the Wood Street Galleries.

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Pittsburgh is home to one of the several state licensed casinos.

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Pittsburgh is home to the world's second largest furry convention known as Anthrocon, which has been held annually at the David L Lawrence Convention Center since 2006.

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Pittsburgh has a long tradition of jazz, blues, and bluegrass music.

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Pittsburgh's Wiz Khalifa is a recent artist to have a number one record.

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Pittsburgh has seen many metal bands gain prominence in recent years, most notably Code Orange, who were nominated for a Grammy.

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Pittsburgh has emerged as a leading city in the United States' heavy metal music scene.

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Pittsburgh is home to over six-hundred heavy metal bands, as well as heavy metal coffee shops and bars.

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Since 2012, Pittsburgh has been the home of Hot Mass, an afterhours electronic music dance party which critics have compared favorably to European nightclubs and parties.

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Pittsburgh is the birthplace of Gertrude Stein and Rachel Carson, a Chatham University graduate from the suburb of Springdale, Pennsylvania.

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Award-winning author John Edgar Wideman grew up in Pittsburgh and has based several of his books, including the memoir Brothers and Keepers, in his hometown.

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Poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a faculty member.

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Pittsburgh is known for several specialties including pierogies, kielbasa, chipped chopped ham sandwiches, and Klondike bars.

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The survey's primary author, David Savageau, has noted Pittsburgh is the only city to finish in the top 20 of every edition.

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In 2005, 2009, and 2011, Pittsburgh was ranked as the most livable city in the United States by The Economist and, in those years, between the 26th- and 29th-most livable city worldwide.

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Pittsburgh ranked No 28 in the book Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.

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Pittsburgh was ranked as the 4th-best city for working mothers by Forbes in 2010 and the city was ranked as one of the best for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.

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Pittsburgh has a low cost of living compared to other northeastern U S cities.

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Forbes ranked Pittsburgh as having the 2nd-lowest natural disaster risk in the nation for 2009.

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Pittsburgh has the greatest number of bars per capita in the nation.

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Pittsburgh hosted the first professional football game and the first World Series.

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Pittsburgh has a long history with its major professional sports teams—the Steelers of the National Football League, the Penguins of the National Hockey League, and the Pirates of Major League Baseball—which all share the same team colors, the official city colors of black and gold.

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Pittsburgh is the only city in the United States where this practice of sharing team colors in solidarity takes place.

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Pittsburgh has a rich Negro league history, with the former Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays credited with as many as 14 league titles and 11 Hall of Famers between them in the 1930s and 1940s, while the Keystones fielded teams in the 1920s.

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City's professional team, NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, is named after the distribution company the Pittsburgh Steeling company established in 1927.

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College football in the city dates to 1889 with the Division I Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh posting nine national championships and qualifying 34 total bowl games and appearing in the 2018 ACC Championship Game.

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The Pittsburgh Passion has been the city's professional women's football team since 2002 and plays its home games at Highmark Stadium.

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The Ed Debartolo owned Pittsburgh Maulers featured a Heisman Trophy winner in the mid-1980s, former superstar University of Nebraska running back Mike Rozier.

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NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins have played in Pittsburgh since the team's founding in 1967.

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The NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates made several Stanley Cup playoff runs with a future Hall of Famer before folding from Great Depression financial pressures.

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Pittsburgh is a hotbed for semi-pro and amateur teams such as the top ranked Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.

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Duquesne University Dukes and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers have played college basketball in the city since 1914 and 1905 respectively.

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Pittsburgh launched the nation's first high school all-star game in 1965.

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Many notable professional wrestlers and promoters have hailed from the city or started their careers in Pittsburgh, including Bruno Sammartino, Kurt Angle, Shane Douglas, Corey Graves, Dominic DeNucci, Elias, Britt Baker and many more.

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Fineview section of Pittsburgh served as the base of the televised show Studio Wrestling during the 1960s.

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Pittsburgh is represented in the Pennsylvania General Assembly by three Senate Districts and nine House Districts.

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Pittsburgh is represented in the Pennsylvania General Assembly by three Senate Districts-38, Wayne D Fontana (D)-42, and Jay Costa (D)-43) and nine House Districts (Jake Wheatley-19, Adam Ravenstahl-20, Sara Innamorato-21, Dan Frankel-23, Ed Gainey-24, Dan Deasy-27, Summer Lee-34, and Harry Readshaw-36, Dan Miller-42).

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Federally, Pittsburgh is part of Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, represented by Democrat Michael F Doyle since 1995.

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Pittsburgh is home to many colleges, universities and research facilities, the most well-known of which are Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

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Campuses of Carlow, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh are near each other in the Oakland neighborhood that is the city's traditional cultural center.

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University of Pittsburgh, established in 1787 and popularly referred to as "Pitt", is a state-related school with one of the nation's largest research programs.

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Private schools in Pittsburgh include Bishop Canevin High School, Central Catholic High School, Oakland Catholic High School, Winchester Thurston School, St Edmund's Academy, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, Yeshiva Schools and The Ellis School.

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Pittsburgh became "Gotham City" in 2011 during filming of The Dark Knight Rises.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced a state of the art training facility with UPMC in 2012.

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Pittsburgh is home to one of Norfolk Southern Railway's busiest freight corridors, the Pittsburgh Line, and operates up to 70 trains per day through the city.

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