Thriving in an atmosphere of change, the city of Pittsburgh has an economy powered by health care, education, technology, robotics, energy services and finance. The city has established itself as a leader and innovator of new ideas and technological advancement in these areas.
With more than 2 million people in the metropolitan area, Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania. The region is home to three professional sports teams, world-class colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies and dozens of hospitals. Each day, the organizations and companies of Pittsburgh are pioneering innovative technology and provoking new ideas for a successful future.
Facts about Pittsburgh
- With more than 445 bridges, Pittsburgh has more than any other city in the world—even more than Venice.
- Pittsburgh boasts the steepest street in America. Canton Avenue in the city’s Beechview neighborhood has a 37 percent grade.
- To navigate all its hills, Pittsburgh has a network of 700 pedestrian staircases—the most public steps of any city in the U.S.
- There are more than 1,600 tech firms with offices in Pittsburgh, including Google, Apple, and Intel, which generate $16.9 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls.
- Pittsburgh ranks as one of the top cities in the world to attract and support high potential women entrepreneurs, according to the Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities Index.
- Some of the movies filmed in Pittsburgh: The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Next Three Days, The Fault in Our Stars, Love and Other Drugs, Wonder Boys, The Deer Hunter, Night of the Living Dead.
- Some famous Pittsburghers: Andy Warhol, Arnold Palmer, August Wilson, Jimmy Stewart, Dennis Miller, Gene Kelly, George Romero, Gertrude Stein, Jeff Goldblum, Joe Namath, Michael Keaton, Mike Ditka, Rachel Carson, Joe Manganiello, Mark Cuban.
- In 2016, Pittsburgh became the first pilot city for Uber’s self-driving car program.
- The world’s first kidney, liver, and heart transplant took place at Presbyterian-University Hospital in 1989.
- The emoticon was created in Pittsburgh in 1980 by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Scott Fahlman.
- Carnegie Mellon University opened the first Robotics Center in 1979.
- Mr. Yuk stickers were created by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1971.
- The nation’s first public TV station, WQED, was launched in Pittsburgh in 1954. The popular children’s show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was created in Pittsburgh and its host, Fred Rogers, called the region home.
- The first polio vaccine was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh in 1955.
- Pittsburgh engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. invented the Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.