A view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, part of the Pittsburgh metro area

Aerial view of the Pittsburgh metro area

Learn More About the Pittsburgh Region

Meet the Pittsburgh region: a place where America’s storied past, vibrant present, and boundless future converge. Encompassing eight counties in western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh metro area offers unparalleled access to East Coast and Midwest markets. To give you a picture, Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Indianapolis; and Philadelphia are all within a 400-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

Rooted in its iconic history of steel production, the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is forging ahead with modern-day dynamism – from its diverse demographics and culture to its cutting-edge industries, exciting business ecosystem and eminent livability. Let us show you (or introduce you) to the Pittsburgh region, where what’s next is happening now.

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The History of the Pittsburgh Region

Known as the “Gateway to the West” from its early days as a frontier village, Pittsburgh – with its abundant natural resources – helped power its rise as the beating industrial heart of the nation. Powerhouse companies like U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and Alcoa got their start here, establishing a pattern of enterprising ingenuity for future generations to emulate. 

Today, the Pittsburgh region continues to produce some of the brightest minds and most daring innovations in the country. Companies in our regional ecosystem are pushing the boundaries of the next-generation innovation in advanced manufacturing, energy/climate tech, life sciences & healthcare, robotics & AI and more.  


Aerial view of the Pittsburgh metro area and its 10 southwestern counties

What Is Considered the Pittsburgh Metro Area?

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes eight southwestern Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny County (home to the City of Pittsburgh), Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Lawrence County, Washington County and Westmoreland County. 

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that around 2.3 million people live in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It covers a geographic space of nearly 5,300 square miles – around 700 square miles more than the Philadelphia metro area. 

The greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area is also a part of the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Pennsylvania-Ohio-West Virginia Combined Statistical Area (CSA). This includes the previous Pittsburgh counties, as well as Brooke County, Hancock County, Indiana County, Jefferson County and Lawrence County.  


What Is Pittsburgh Famous For?

An educated population focused on the future. Distinctive food and culture you can only get in Pittsburgh. Robust infrastructure with easy access to the rest of the country. Attractive neighborhoods with an affordable price tag. Global companies and top-notch universities. Suffice it to say, Pittsburgh is famous for more than one thing. Let’s break it down. 

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Diverse Demographics

People of all cultures and backgrounds call Pittsburgh home. In terms of demographics, the area population of the Pittsburgh MSA is 83% white, 7% Black, 3% Asian, and 2% Hispanic. While the median age is nearly 43, the Pittsburgh region has a significant population of young professionals — approximately 490,000 people, ages 25-39. The region’s educational attainment exceeds national averages, with 95.2% holding a high school diploma and 38.1% holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

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Food & Culture

Pittsburgh boasts a food culture that is uniquely its own, from pierogies brought in by Eastern European immigrants to the iconic influence of Pittsburgh-born H.J. Heinz (yes, that Heinz). Pittsburgh is known for signature dishes like the famous Primanti’s sandwich, which combines french fries, coleslaw and corned beef. If that’s not your taste, no worries. Pittsburgh has everything from James Beard-nominated chefs (Apteka and Fet-Fisk chefs were recently recognized), established family-owned restaurants and restaurant incubators featuring up-and-coming and aspiring chefs.

Pittsburgh also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, including several museums, like the renowned Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum, adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh. With the region’s cultural footprint including artistic legends like Andy Warhol and August Wilson, it’s safe to say Pittsburgh knows culture

A mother in the Pittsburgh region holding two daughters’ hands on their way to school

Safety & Affordability

In Pittsburgh, you don’t have to choose between high quality of life and a low cost of living. Pittsburgh’s crime rate sits well below the national average and continues to decrease over the years. Meanwhile, home prices and rents are both drastically more affordable compared to national averages. 

There are 90 unique neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh alone — each with a distinctive vibe and culture. In addition, there are dozens of communities near the city or in neighboring counties, like Beaver, Bethel Park, Connellsville, Greensburg, Mount Lebanon and New Castle. 

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Ideal Infrastructure & Market Access

Getting around in the Pittsburgh area and traveling outside of it is simple with the region’s outstanding infrastructure. Pittsburgh is located over 100 miles south of the Great Lakes and Lake Erie. Downtown Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio river.

Within the region, commuters can use four different interstates, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Looking to travel out of town? Travelers can choose from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) or the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, depending on their needs and location. Passengers at PIT will soon experience the new $1.4B terminal currently in development, providing a seamless and efficient arrival and departure process against the backdrop of a terminal, that from construction to operation, committed to sustainability.

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Top Talent & Companies

Considering Pittsburgh’s strategic location, affordability and rich culture, it’s no wonder that companies and talent alike are attracted to the region. World-class institutions like Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh serve as magnets for students and future workers. Some of the most well-known names across industries call Pittsburgh home: U.S. Steel, Westinghouse, PNC, Shell Polymers and DICK’s Sporting Goods — to name a few. Eager to tap into the innovative and tech-minded talent pool, global tech firms like Amazon, Google, Apple, Duolingo and Meta’s Reality Labs have set down roots in the Pittsburgh region.


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