What you didn’t know about Pittsburgh

Nickname: The Burgh

Population: 1.33 million (Allegheny County)

Location, location, location:

Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population, and the city is less than 90 minutes flying time from 20 states and Canada.

For more Pittsburgh rankings, famous faces, firsts and other fast facts about the city, check out VisitPittsburgh.com to see how inspiring it is to live and learn in the city of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Fun Facts
  • National Geographic Traveler chose Pittsburgh as one the best places in the world to visit.
  • The city boasts one of the safest airports in the country according to Travelandleisure.com and CondeNast Traveler.
  • Monster.com rated the city as one of the top 10 Hottest Areas for Jobs.
  • Pittsburgh is known as one of the top 10 most literate cities in the United States.
  • One of the top 20 best places for a working retirement (according to Forbes magazine).
  • Pittsburgh has been ranked seventh in the nation as the home of Fortune 500 headquarters. (USX, ALCOA, Heinz and PPG are located here.)
  • Entrepreneur magazine ranked Pittsburgh as the ninth best place in the country for small businesses.
  • 50+ major movies have been filmed here in the last decade, including the Dark Knight Rises and Unstoppable. 
  • Pittsburgh has 723 bridges, more than any other city in the world except Venice, Italy.
  • More than 10 million people visit the Pittsburgh region annually.
  • The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh is the first certified green convention center in the United States and the largest certified green building in the world.

Besides the new Convention Center, several other Pittsburgh-region buildings are certified green buildings. In fact, the U.S. Green Building Council, which has oversight of the national certification program, points to this region as having the largest concentration of green buildings in the country.

Famous Faces and Firsts:
  • Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” – this show was produced right here in Pittsburgh and aired on the first U.S. public television station – station, WQED
  • The Big Mac, the world's most famous hamburger, was 'invented' near Pittsburgh
  • The world’s first commercial radio station, KDKA, started in Pittsburgh
  • Primanti Bros. Sandwich – A sandwich with the fries and coleslaw added right in. Invented during the Depression so that day laborers could hold their entire lunch in one hand.
  • The first newspaper west of the Alleghenies – the Pittsburgh Gazette, now the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Pierogies, found at restaurants throughout Pittsburgh, reflect Pittsburgh's Polish heritage. Cooked in butter, these delicious dumplings are stuffed with potato and other flavorings depending on the creativity and tradition of the cook.
  • The Internet smiley face emoticon was created by one of Carnegie Mellon’s very own professors – Scott Fahlman. 
  • Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute is the first of its kind in the world.
  • 'Pittsburgh Salad' – take any salad and top with french fries.