Sometimes called the Steel City or the City of Bridges, Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and consistently scores high in livability rankings. Forbes has ranked Pittsburgh as one of America’s safest and most affordable cities — so if you’re searching for a place to live well on a budget, Pittsburgh just might be the place you’re looking for.

City Overview

Located at the junction of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, Pittsburgh is home to over 300 steel businesses, 30 skyscrapers, 446 bridges, and a fort. Historically steel was the major industry in Pittsburgh (the football team is called the Steelers after all) but today the city boasts a thriving, diverse economy.


Pittsburgh has a long history of excellence in both the performing and visual arts. The Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Benedum Center host the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera respectively. Additionally, there are lots of mid-sized organization in Pittsburgh such as the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, the Quantum Theatre, The Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, and Chatham Baroque. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre regularly hosts dance events. Pittsburgh is a big city for art museums too — the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art are located here. Families with children won’t want to miss the ToonSeum — a museum all about cartoons!


There’s steel, of course, but there’s also so much more. Pittsburgh is now a city of high technology — robotics, nuclear engineering, and biomedical tech are all big here. Pittsburgh’s tech industries produced 10.8 billion in payrolls in 2007. In 2014 a National Bureau of Economic Research report named Pittsburgh the second best city for intergenerational economic mobility in the U.S. In other words, the American dream is alive and well in Pittsburgh! The biggest employers are the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Allegheny County, Giant Eagle Inc, and the University of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh Cuisine is similar to other Pennsylvania cities, you can get a great cheesesteak here. You also can’t miss the Wholey’s — a fish sandwich originating in Pittsburgh’s Market Square. In addition to local staples, there’s a thriving culinary scene here. Fine Catalan cuisine can be had a Morcilla — a new restaurant from Justin Severino. You’ll also have to check out the cleverly titled Tako (Japanese for octopus) on Sixth street serves delectable Asian-Latin fusion. The Commoner on Strawberry Way serves mouthwatering meat dishes and German beer.


Pittsburgh’s climate is typical for Pennsylvania — hot in summer, cold in winter, pleasant in spring and fall. When looking for an apartment for rent, be sure to find one with good air conditioning and heating.


Pittsburgh is a diverse city — 64% White, 26% African-American, 4% Asian and 2% Hispanic. The median household income in Pittsburgh is about $28,000.


PNC Park, Phillips Conservatory, Mount Washington, Heinz Field, The Strip District, PPG Paints Arena, Point State Park, Monongahela Incline, Market Square, Heinz Memorial Chapel, University of Pittsburgh, PPG Place.


Pittsburgh has a great nightlife scene, full of awesome bars, clubs, and shows. Crave spicy hot wings? Check out Krista’s Cantina on street, it’s one of the coolest dive bars in North Side. On the South Side, there’s Club Cafe, which offers amazing shows and boasts a very sophisticated sound system — the martinis here are great too. For a truly unique experience, put on your Sunday best and head over to the Church Brew Works — this bar is in an old church building, complete with stain glass windows.


Pittsburgh has excellent railway infrastructure, which residents use to commute around the city and also for longer travel. Buses are an option too, and Pittsburgh is easily navigable by car, just plan for rush hour like you would in any major city.

Finding Apartments for Rent in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is quite affordable as major American cities go, so you can look all over town regardless of your budget. Of course, some areas will be a bit more than others, but you won’t see the same sort of variation you would in somewhere like New York, for example. The rental market in Pittsburgh is competitive, especially at the start of the school year, so you’ll want to move fast once you find a place you like. Students will want to check out off-campus apartments for rent near the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Chatham — the major Pittsburgh universities, you can apply together with your roommates online. Be sure to get all the amenities you need — use the search filters to find a place with a doorman, in-unit washer, balcony, parking — or anything else you want. Looking for different kinds of listing? Search thousands of long-term Pittsburgh townhouses or houses for rent. Filter by property type. Search 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties in Pittsburgh. Want to search wider, check out apartments for rent in Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Downtown Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh skyline is considered one of the best in America, and Downtown is the place to see it. This where you can find the U.S. Steel Tower, Fifth Avenue Place and BNY Mellon Center — the city’s tallest buildings. Downtown hustles and bustles with all the rhythms of a big city. The PPG Paints Arena is here too, so it’s easy to catch a game. There are lots of great long-term luxury apartments for rent available downtown.


The tree-lined streets are nice and shadowy in this cool hood. Shadyside also boasts some Pittsburgh’s coolest Victorian architecture, and the. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is here too — you can see great exhibits and take cool classes there. Studio apartments for rent in Shadyside are a little more expensive than the Pittsburgh average, starting around $900.

Mt. Washington

Located on top of lovely Mt. Washington, this neighborhood offers breathtaking views of the entire city. At Altius on Grandview avenue, you can dine while you watch the sunset on the iconic Pittsburgh skyline. Afterward, burn off some of those calories with a trip up the Duquesne Incline! Mt. Washington tends to be a little pricier than the rest of Pittsburgh. A 3 bedroom apartment for long-term rent starts around $1300 here.


The academic and artistic heart of Pittsburgh, Oakland is home to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, and to the University of Pittsburgh. There are lots of great student apartments for rent here and college dive bars.


Urban but with a family vibe, Pittsburgh’s cheapest apartments for rent can be found here. Bloomfield is also known for its great Italian food. You have bridge access to the rest of Pittsburgh from here.

Highland Park

Pittsburgh’s most historic neighborhood, with lots of amazing Tudor style homes. The Pittsburgh Zoo is here too, so it’s great place to take the family out for a weekend. Pet owners will enjoy this hood’s easy access to Highland Park — a great spot for dog walking. Studio apartments for rent in Highland Park start around $645.


Pittsburgh’s Mister Rogers statue is in Northshore — it’s always a beautiful day in the neighborhood here. Family friendly townhouses can be found here, in addition to luxury apartments for rent — some even have a view of the river. If that’s not great enough, the subway is free!