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Pittsburgh city overview
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the second largest city in the state after Philadelphia. Located where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers meet, the city is known as the City of Bridges and Steel City. It is home to around 310,000 people with the metro area playing host to some 2.3 million.
Brief history of Pittsburgh
Like most cities, the region was originally home to native tribes who roamed the area for thousands of years. Evidence has been found that dates those first inhabitants to over 19,000 years ago. Latterly, the Delaware and Iroquois tribes called the area home.
Europeans arrived first as traders in the early 18th century and successfully dealt with the locals. The French and British fought for the area until British General Edward Braddock was dispatched with one Major George Washington to conquer the area and drive the French out. That original foray was defeated but the British later drove the French away and built Fort Pitt after British statesman Willian Pitt.
Pitt Township was founded in 1771 and boat building was its main trade. Immigration continued, as did expansion, further growing the town. Manufacturing soon joined boats, specializing in steel and metal products. This growth continued through until the 20th century with steel and metal remaining the primary driver of the local economy.
US Steel was founded in Pittsburgh in 1901 and the city continued tog row steadily, becoming the country’s 8th largest city by 1910. The Great Migration brought thousands more people to the town to work in the steel mills. The failure of manufacturing in the late 20th century meant hard times for the city and forced diversification. The modern city is now wide ranging in its appeal, industry and character.
Doing business in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh relied on the steel industry for over a hundred years until its collapse. This forced the city to adapt and adapt it did. The modern city economy is made up of a mix of technology, robotics, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, education, health care and service industries.
Some major employers who call Pittsburgh home include; The Kraft Heinz Company, PNC Financial Services, Google, Dick’s Sporting Goods, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, U.S. Steel, WESCO International and American Eagle Outfitters.
Highlights of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh places great emphasis on leisure and relaxation. Work was traditionally hard and manual, so the city recognized that workers needed to relax afterwards. The city also celebrates its beginnings and the many cultures that have influenced it along the way.
City highlights include; Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, U.S. Steel Tower, Schenley Park, Mount Washington, Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.
Pittsburgh city character
Pittsburgh is a very down to earth city that has none of the pretensions of other cities. It is wide, open and very scenic. The people are from all over the world and all have contributed to the flavor of the area in many positive ways.
The cosmopolitan nature of Pittsburgh has allowed a strong LGBT and alternative culture to thrive. Along with the European and Asian influences give the city a riot of color, culture and atmosphere that makes it a great place to live and work.
Pittsburgh is made up of hundreds of neighborhoods. They include; Central Northside, Mexican War Streets, Central Oakland, Chartiers, Chateau, Crafton Heights, Crawford-Roberts, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Fineview, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel and Greenfield.