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Renter’s City Guide to Pittsburgh, PA
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Nicknamed the Steel City, Pittsburgh is known as a powerhouse of manufacturing, famed for creating steel, aluminum, glass, ships and even skyscrapers. The name is suggestive of an urban environment, and Pittsburgh certainly offers an iconic, modern cityscape. Ranked 11th among the 'most livable cities in the world', Pennsylvania's second-largest city is renowned for its friendly, open vibe.

How big is Pittsburgh?

Compared to Pennsylvania’s largest city Philadelphia, Pittsburgh is around a third of the size. With a population of around 303,500 and a total area of 58.34 sq. miles, it’s around the same size as San Francisco, California.

What other cities are close to Pittsburgh?

Situated in western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is around 300 miles west of Philadelphia and the journey typically takes around 3 hours. The Great Lakes lie to the north of the city, with Lake Erie being the closest at about 125 miles. Cleveland, Ohio, can typically be reached in a little over two hours.

What is the weather like in Pittsburgh?

Summers in Pittsburgh are generally warm and humid, with high temperatures averaging out at around 83°F in July. Winters are for the most part rather cold with lows averaging out at 21°F in January, and around 41” of snowfall per season on average. Extremes of temperature are not unknown, with some winter nights dropping to 0°F, but they’re not very common either, and summer temperatures seldom exceed 85°F. With annual precipitation levels of 38”, you can expect around 3-4” of rain per month.


What are the pros of living in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh offers its residents a friendly and open atmosphere, relative affordability, an active sports community and four distinct seasons. It's also an increasingly culturally diverse city, with minority numbers on the up. A welcoming community atmosphere makes Pittsburgh feel like a far smaller town rather than an anonymous city, while continuing to offer all the facilities and amenities you could need.

What are the cons of living in Pittsburgh?

The main downsides to life in Pittsburgh include an increasing cost of living, as well as occasional heavy traffic and limited parking in some areas of the city. However, the average commute time for a Pittsburgh resident is 22 minutes, somewhat lower than the national average of 25 and a half minutes.

Pittsburgh Demographic Highlights
Total Population 303,207
Median Age 33.7

How much is public transportation in Pittsburgh?

Residents of Pittsburgh enjoy a well-maintained public transport hub, with almost 100 local bus routes, as well as a subway system. A one-way ticket on local lines will typically cost around $2.75, while a monthly pass averages out at $97.50 for unlimited rides. Young children ride for free on the vast majority of services. Local taxis start at around $2.50 on average plus $4 per mile.

How much does a meal cost in Pittsburgh?

Eating out in Pittsburgh doesn't have to break the bank, and you can typically find a good meal in an inexpensive restaurant for an average of $12. A 3-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant averages out at around $60, while a regular coffee costs typically $3.80. 

How much are utilities in Pittsburgh?

You can expect to pay around $180 per month for basic utilities. This is based on a 915 sq.ft apartment and includes heating, cooling, electricity, water and garbage disposal. For an internet connection, expect to add on another $72 per month on average.

Pittsburgh Rent Statistics
Apartment Rent Ranges
$501 - $7000.8%
$701 - $1,00019.51%
$1,001 - $1,50036.38%
$1,501 - $2,00026.37%
> $200016.94%
Average Rent Trends
What is the average rent in Pittsburgh?

The average rent for an apartment in Pittsburgh is $1,512 per month.

What is the average apartment size in Pittsburgh?

The average apartment size in Pittsburgh is 810 sq. ft.

What is the rent for a studio apartment in Pittsburgh?

Rent for a studio apartment in Pittsburgh ranges between $70 and $2,400 per month.

What is the rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh?

Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh ranges between $641 and $12,539 per month.

What is the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh?

Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh ranges between $920 and $5,475 per month.

What is the rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh?

Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh ranges between $900 and $3,590 per month.

Pittsburgh Housing Statistics
Occupied Housing Units 137,747
Owner occupied 47.35%
Renter occupied 52.65%

What are the major industries in Pittsburgh?

Known as the center of the American steel industry, manufacturing remains one of the major industries in Pittsburgh, though the steel mills no longer operate within the city limits. Other major industries include healthcare and social assistance, finance and technology. Graduates from the numerous top-rated universities in the city often find work in these fields.

What are the top employers in Pittsburgh?

The top employers in and around Pittsburgh include U.S. Steel, which remains headquartered just outside the city. Other major companies include PPG, HJ Heinz and PNC Financial Bank.

Pittsburgh Employment Statistics
White Collar 140,215
Blue Collar 19,171
White Collar 87.97%
Blue Collar 12.03%
Self Employment 9,443
Private Companies 100,189
Governmental Workers 16,070
Not for Profit Companies 33,684
Self Employment 5.92%
Private Companies 62.86%
Governmental Workers 10.08%
Not for Profit Companies 21.13%

What are the top colleges in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is home to numerous high-rated colleges and universities. The University of Pittsburgh is renowned for its school of medicine, while other top colleges include Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Pittsburgh Education Statistics
No High School1.63%
Some High School29.98%
Some College19.86%
Associate Degree7.19%
Bachelor Degree22.94%
Graduate Degree18.39%

What free things are there to do in Pittsburgh?

You can find many free things to do in Pittsburgh, including walking tours of the city, hiking on iconic Mount Washington and enjoying a day out in one of the many neighborhood parks.

What is there to do in Pittsburgh for families?

Kids and adults alike can enjoy the stunning Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, home to a wide array of creatures great and small, including leopards, polar bears and sharks. Frick Park is among the best family-friendly parks in the city. Not only is it the largest, but it also offers numerous sports facilities, including baseball fields and tennis courts, as well as a dog park and a bowling green.

What outdoor attractions are there in Pittsburgh?

One of the most popular outdoor attractions in Pittsburgh is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which offers stunning seasonal flower shows in the breathtaking Victorian Greenhouse.

What sports teams play in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh's culture is largely focussed on local sports teams, which include the Pirates, the Steelers and the Penguins. Every major league, from baseball to football to hockey, is covered, and there are tons of opportunities to catch a game.

What are the main annual events in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is home to numerous unique events, including the delightful Pittsburgh Wine Festival, featuring tastings and exhibits, with a huge amount of the proceeds going to local charities. The annual Restaurant Week showcases the local taste sensations and encourages locals and visitors alike to eat out. The Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival celebrates citywide sustainability and is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating green initiatives.

What are the best museums in Pittsburgh?

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is renowned for its impressive dinosaur exhibitions, while the Carnegie Museum of Art showcases a wide selection of contemporary works. The Andy Warhol Museum offers another curiously exciting day out.

Is Pittsburgh good for the arts?

Pittsburgh is a great city to enjoy the arts. The famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Heinz Center for Performing Arts are just 2 options, attracting musicians and fans from across the world.

Pittsburgh Household Statistics
Total Number of Households 137,747
Average People Per Household 2
Median Household Income$54,306
Average Household Income$80,248
No Children

What are the renters' rights in Pittsburgh?

Renters’ rights in Pittsburgh are fairly well protected. The Fair Housing Act upholds the right for anyone to find a home and protects against discrimination. It also ensures that adequate accommodation is provided to those with disabilities. Landlords must give at least 30-days notice before terminating the lease, giving the tenant ample time to relocate.