Best Places to Live

Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 305,928
Photo: Visit Pittsburgh

Safe neighborhoods, an abundance of fitness and recreation centers, a large concentration of older adults and a low cost of living make Pittsburgh, PA a great place to retire.

Renovations across the city that range from a new $3 million Carnegie Library branch to the $45 million Energy Innovation Center exemplify the renewed interest in Pittsburgh. The steel industry once anchored the city's economy, which now includes many high-tech firms, educational institutions and financial services companies.

The city scored well in hospitals and cultural engagement. The Pittsburgh metro area has 43 hospitals, and among those eight are top ranked by U.S. News & World Report. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the highest-rated hospital in the city, is nationally ranked in 15 specialties, including geriatrics, neurology and pulmonology.

From professional sporting events and community festivals to casinos and brew pubs, the entertainment options in Pittsburgh never seem to stop. Exhibits at The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Glass Center stir creative passions. Many of the city's colleges and universities offer continuing education programs, free lectures, and opportunities to participate in research.

Riverfront trails lead to great urban views and allow many residents to keep their cars parked for most errands. In fact, the 335-mile Great Allegheny Passage begins at Point State Park, a popular gathering spot at the confluence of the city's three rivers in downtown. Pittsburgh residents also have access to more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, many well suited for sculling, kayaking and canoeing. Four public boat launches allow larger motorized boats onto waterways, and docks at Bessemer Court give boaters a spot to tie up to gain access to downtown shopping centers.

Pennsylvania is one of the few states that doesn't tax retirement income, and seniors find home costs and grocery items to be well below prices found in neighboring states.


Population 65 and Over: 13.8%
Colleges: University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University, Duquesne University, Washington & Jefferson College
Top 100 Rank 2014: 80
Liv Score: 587

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Pittsburgh, PA Highlights

Population 65 and Over: 13.8%
Colleges: University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University, Duquesne University, Washington & Jefferson College
Top 100 Rank 2014: 80
Liv Score: 587