Pittsburghers know just how amazing Pittsburgh really is, but our beloved city is often sadly underrated by the rest of the country. Earlier this year, in fact, Harper’s Bazaar reported that Pittsburgh is the most underrated city in America. Here are just 13 reasons Pittsburgh deserves to shed that underrated status.
1. We're going green.
Surprised that a city known for its roots in the steel industry is on the 2016 list of greenest cities in the United States? Pittsburgh ranked 77 out of 100 of America's greenest cities, as reported by WalletHub.
2. We're forward-thinking.
Since Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, Pittsburgh's been a leader in innovation. Today, Pittsburgh is a blossoming tech hub and is leading the way with driverless cars. Forward thinking, indeed.
3. We've got some of the world's best museums.
That's right. Some of the best museums - The Carnegie Museums, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Mattress Factory, to name just a few - are right here in Pittsburgh.
4. We have our very own state park – in the city.
We don't have to drive miles and miles to go to a sprawling state park. Point State Park is right in the heart of Pittsburgh, making it easily accessible to all Pittsburghers.
5. We're called the City of Champions for a reason.
The Steelers...the Pens...the Buccos...really, what else can be said?
6. We know how to get where we're going.
We Pittsburghers know our way around, thanks, in part, to the 446 bridges that link the city together.
7. We roll out the red carpet for Hollywood.
Pittsburgh has earned quite the reputation in the television and film industry and has been referred to as Hollywood on the East Coast. Countless television shows and films have been shot in Pittsburgh, including the Silence of the Lambs, Groundhog Day, and Jack Reacher.
8. We've got an amazingly eclectic restaurant scene.
Hungry? You'll find whatever you're craving - Italian, German, Thai, or Mediterranean, for example - in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh's eclectic restaurant scene makes it delightfully difficult to decide where to eat out and whether to opt for fine dining, casual, or to order from a food truck.
9. We've got our own flourishing cultural scene.
Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center, and the Byham Theater, all centerpieces of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, bring Pittsburghers some of the country's best entertainment from Broadway shows to the opera.
10. We're anything but boring.
Nope. Never. Pittsburgh and boring simply don't mix. Need proof? Visit the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, home of Randyland. Spend a Saturday afternoon in the Strip District. Or, stroll through one of the many charming Pittsburgh neighborhoods where you'll always find plenty to do.
11. We know how to go with the flow.
We don't get overly stressed over life. We take sitting in traffic in stride. We shovel and hit the road, even when the worst winter weather hits.
12. We've got one of the world's most beautiful skylines.
Anyone who has traveled to the top of Mount Washington can attest that the view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline is simply unrivaled.
13. We have everything we could want and need right at our fingertips.
Pittsburgh has it all - sports, entertainment, technology, an eclectic restaurant scene, a vibrant nightlife, plenty for singles and families, and the list goes on.
Do you agree that Pittsburgh is the most underrated city in the U.S.? Or, do you think our
beautiful city is finally getting the recognition it deserves for its awesomeness?