Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a powerhouse of high-tech industries, including robotics, software engineering and artificial intelligence. Because of its growing tech sector, Pittsburgh offers tons of opportunity, no matter what stage you’re at in your career. This city with some 300,000 residents is an affordable place to live and has a stable real estate market, making it the perfect place to put down roots. Pittsburgh also has a fun, energetic vibe and its own distinct culture — once you get here, you won’t want to leave.
Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare, advanced manufacturing, IT, energy and business are top industries in Pittsburgh.
Best Coffee Shop: Whether you need a cozy place to study or you’re meeting up with friends, Ineffable Cà Phê is where you want to be. This coffee shop in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood also serves delicious Vietnamese food.
Best Local Beer/Brewery: You’ll find a fun, welcoming atmosphere and great beers at Grist House Craft Brewery. The Hazledelic Juice Grenade is a popular local favorite.
Must-Have Meal: The gnocchi from DiAnoia’s Eatery, a dish made with potato gnocchi, meatballs, red sauce and pecorino romano.
Best Co-Working Space: Alloy 26, a comfortable co-working and social space in the heart of Pittsburgh’s North Side offering single-day access and monthly memberships.
Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Lorelei is a popular beer hall and cocktail bar in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood.
Creative Hub: City of Asylum, which provides sanctuary to writers who were persecuted in their home country for their writing. The organization hosts tons of interesting readings, film screenings, concerts and other events.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Going thrifting around town – Pittsburgh has tons of awesome retro and vintage shops, full of antiques, clothing and other treasures.
Free Way to Have Fun: Walking, hiking or biking throughout the city’s park network, including the 644-acre Frick Park and the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail (which you could ride all the way to Washington, D.C. if you wanted to!).
Local Dream Job: Testing self-driving cars for one of the five companies pursuing this new technology in Pittsburgh.
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