Moving to Pittsburgh
The second most populous city in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is a major centre of steel production, education and technology. This lively city offers a good quality of life while maintaining a low cost of living, and is home to significant communities of German, Irish, Italian and Polish expats.
Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of three rivers, so naturally the city has a number of bridges – more than 400, in fact. It's thanks to this that Pittsburgh is fondly called the 'City of Bridges'.
Apart from steel, other thriving industries include glass, aluminium and petroleum. There are over 1,600 technology companies with a presence in the city, including industry giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple. Pittsburgh has dozens of higher education institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, both of which are industry leaders in research and development.
Parents moving to Pittsburgh with children will be glad to know that the city's reputation for high-quality education extends to its public schools, with magnet and charter schools being especially highly regarded. While there are no schools in Pittsburgh offering a foreign curriculum, there are language-immersion schools and schools that teach the International Baccalaureate.
Pittsburgh locals are generally friendly and welcoming, so expats shouldn't find it too hard to settle in. The city has a thriving sports culture, which can be a great way to meet people. For those who enjoy a drink or two, there are new breweries, wineries and distilleries constantly springing up all over the city. Culture vultures will have plenty of museums and galleries to keep them occupied.
There's a lot to love about life in the City of Bridges. A proudly diverse region, it's definitely a city with something for everyone.