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It's official: Pittsburgh is the most liveable city in the U.S.

The Economist Intelligence Unit has released its 2011 Liveability Ranking and Overview, and the Steel City tops the U.S. list, beating out Los Angeles (44th), New York (56th), and even Honolulu (30th).

But it's not all good news. Not a single U.S. city ranked in the world's top 10, or even top 20 most

liveable cities. On that list, Pittsburgh ranked 29th globally. Vancouver, Canada, topped the list, followed by Melbourne, Australia.

"Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, author of the report, in a press release.

The Economist Intelligence Unit was founded in 1946 as the in-house research unit for the Economist Magazine. The livability ranking

examines the living conditions in 140 cities around the world and rates each city across five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

The report didn't hold any good news for Harare, Zimbabwe, which came last place. The report notes that despite high hopes for the 2011 election, Harare's low stability and heath care scores "paint a bleak picture."

Check out Jeremy Hobson's coverage of the 2011 Liveability Ranking and Overview on the Marketplace Morning Report.

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We moved to Pittsburgh from New Orleans in 1999 and lived there for 5 years. We fell in love with the city immediately. Even though we haven't lived in Pittsburgh for many years my Children and I often talk about the city and agree that of all of the places that we have lived it was our favorite. On occasion we do travel back to visit friends and just enjoy the beauty of the city. It really is to bad that everyone that has the pleasure of living there doesn't see the beauty of the city and have the pleasure of meeting the kind wonderful people that we did while residing there. Hey, it's a Burgh thing!!!

Stay away from Pittsburgh if your smart
We had the unfortunate pleasure of coming to Pittsburgh for 9 months on a contract basis, and it was a encounter like no other. Last week was the end of our contract and we will never accept any type of contracts from that city ever again.
We contracted with 37 individuals from 3 other states and we also teamed up with 42 individuals from Pittsburgh on a daily basis.
When I asked all our staff (37 workers) if they wanted to ever return to Pittsburgh 35 of them had nothing polite to say.
Now do not get me wrong the city of Pittsburgh is a truly picturesque city yet in some cases looks are deceiving, and Pittsburgh is very deceiving.
Listed here are some things we observed while we were there,
Trash is all over everywhere in that city, sidewalks, streets as well as business properties and residential homes.
Roads and streets are centuries old and constantly being repaired, and we at times would laugh as the roads were
being repaired improperly.
Commercial properties and residential properties are either boarded up, aged and the ones being repaired one can only question exactly how these repairs passed coding enforcement.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, we kept reading about how crime was low there. Furthest from the truth multiple murders, shootings, robberies, thefts, burglaries, muggings and the list goes on and on a daily basis.
People- I could possibly write a book regarding these people…
• Individuals that are from Pittsburgh are closed-minded, narrow-minded, and ignorant individuals that lack education and they really dislike change.
• If you disagree with a person that is from Pittsburgh, you will certainly see the stupidity come out of that individual or group, and they become unpleasant to deal with.
• You “CAN NOT” disagree with individuals from Pittsburgh or they become enraged.
• You cannot point out anything bad regarding their city due to the fact that if you do
any other individual we came across not from Pittsburgh never had anything favorable to say concerning Pittsburgh.
Constantly the reason why they were there in Pittsburgh was the same exact story every time.
“I Came to Pittsburgh because I heard how terrific of a city Pittsburgh was, and now they were stuck.”
The educated professionals we met there and there are quite a few professionals in Pittsburgh not all are bad but most are no better than the uneducated. (blind leading the blind).
The so-called professionals in positions of power controlling and manipulating the business market as well as exploiting the less fortunate. Most of these professionals in Pittsburgh have no clue at exactly what they are doing or how to perform their job appropriately.
Pittsburgh is a city we frequently heard the label as “a city of survival of the fittest” and “the blind leading the blind.”
Lack of respect for women in the work environment was an additional problem we saw while we were there and multiple times in a 9 month period that we were there we saw groups of women picketing and protesting in Pittsburgh on equality and other issues. Women earn less salaries sometimes as much as 30% less than their male counterparts in the same job title and description they hold and often giving the women a significant increase of workload compared to the men doing the same responsibilities.
Lastly,
The job that I have I travel throughout the United States and dining at various restaurants many of these restaurant chains that are in many states that I have ate at have exceptional food. Not in Pittsburgh 9 out of 10 chain restaurants that I have frequented in other states that are there in Pittsburgh was horrible. Food in Pittsburgh is bland and the service is horrible not including 5 star restaurants that don’t cook a meal like the recipe is supposed to be like. I will also say the whole time we were there we always wondered if we would ever get lucky and get our food hot and within a normal time frame.
9 months numerous restaurants and 100’s of times eating in Pittsburgh restaurants and we never got that lucky.
There you have it in a nutshell, sorry to be so cold and seem like I am just attacking Pittsburgh but I will say don’t take my word for it go there yourself and stay for more than a week before planning to move there and then you won’t want to move there.
Best of luck and wish you all well,
Terry

Stay away from Pittsburgh if your smart
We had the unfortunate pleasure of coming to Pittsburgh for 9 months on a contract basis, and it was a encounter like no other. Last week was the end of our contract and we will never accept any type of contracts from that city ever again.
We contracted with 37 individuals from 3 other states and we also teamed up with 42 individuals from Pittsburgh on a daily basis.
When I asked all our staff (37 workers) if they wanted to ever return to Pittsburgh 35 of them had nothing polite to say.
Now do not get me wrong the city of Pittsburgh is a truly picturesque city yet in some cases looks are deceiving, and Pittsburgh is very deceiving.
Listed here are some things we observed while we were there,
Trash is all over everywhere in that city, sidewalks, streets as well as business properties and residential homes.
Roads and streets are centuries old and constantly being repaired, and we at times would laugh as the roads were
being repaired improperly.
Commercial properties and residential properties are either boarded up, aged and the ones being repaired one can only question exactly how these repairs passed coding enforcement.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, we kept reading about how crime was low there. Furthest from the truth multiple murders, shootings, robberies, thefts, burglaries, muggings and the list goes on and on a daily basis.
People- I could possibly write a book regarding these people…
• Individuals that are from Pittsburgh are closed-minded, narrow-minded, and ignorant individuals that lack education and they really dislike change.
• If you disagree with a person that is from Pittsburgh, you will certainly see the stupidity come out of that individual or group, and they become unpleasant to deal with.
• You “CAN NOT” disagree with individuals from Pittsburgh or they become enraged.
• You cannot point out anything bad regarding their city due to the fact that if you do
any other individual we came across not from Pittsburgh never had anything favorable to say concerning Pittsburgh.
Constantly the reason why they were there in Pittsburgh was the same exact story every time.
“I Came to Pittsburgh because I heard how terrific of a city Pittsburgh was, and now they were stuck.”
The educated professionals we met there and there are quite a few professionals in Pittsburgh not all are bad but most are no better than the uneducated. (blind leading the blind).
The so-called professionals in positions of power controlling and manipulating the business market as well as exploiting the less fortunate. Most of these professionals in Pittsburgh have no clue at exactly what they are doing or how to perform their job appropriately.
Pittsburgh is a city we frequently heard the label as “a city of survival of the fittest” and “the blind leading the blind.”
Lack of respect for women in the work environment was an additional problem we saw while we were there and multiple times in a 9 month period that we were there we saw groups of women picketing and protesting in Pittsburgh on equality and other issues. Women earn less salaries sometimes as much as 30% less than their male counterparts in the same job title and description they hold and often giving the women a significant increase of workload compared to the men doing the same responsibilities.
Lastly,
The job that I have I travel throughout the United States and dining at various restaurants many of these restaurant chains that are in many states that I have ate at have exceptional food. Not in Pittsburgh 9 out of 10 chain restaurants that I have frequented in other states that are there in Pittsburgh was horrible. Food in Pittsburgh is bland and the service is horrible not including 5 star restaurants that don’t cook a meal like the recipe is supposed to be like. I will also say the whole time we were there we always wondered if we would ever get lucky and get our food hot and within a normal time frame.
9 months numerous restaurants and 100’s of times eating in Pittsburgh restaurants and we never got that lucky.
There you have it in a nutshell, sorry to be so cold and seem like I am just attacking Pittsburgh but I will say don’t take my word for it go there yourself and stay for more than a week before planning to move there and then you won’t want to move there.
Best of luck and wish you all well,
Terry

I grew up in PA, lived in DC, most recently Austin, and now to the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Austin gets painted as this "cool town with a cool vibe", but quite frankly, is small potatoes when compared to Pittsburgh. Unless you are into the Longhorns, or are 25 hanging out on 6th Street, its just a big hot sprawled out suburb with strip malls and overcrowded schools. Small Sports scene (just Longhorns), no museums, small performing arts scene, no amusement parks. You do get a lot of sun though.... although 100 for 100 straight days is pushing it. Things catching on fire out of the blue its so hot. If you don't see whats good about Pittsburgh and its charachter, you never will get it and probably are one of those people who just wants to be in the sun all the time. That being said, I'd still give Austin high marks based mainly on the sun and being good in your 20s, and a lot of stuff is within a three hour drive........

This place is probably better in the summer than in the long winter times. I moved here in April 2011 because of a job. From my experience this is more like a big town than a city. You will be very disappointed if you are moving form a big city such as LA, NYC, DC.

This is NOT a place to move to if you are:
1. Single and not white or black (This place is very conservative and folks don't seem to be open to other cultures).
2. If you don't smoke or drink (Lot of social activities involve drinking and smoking).
3. You are not a Steelers/Penguins fan (You automatically are a social outcast).

Don't get me wrong, the folks over here are pretty warm and friendly. They are much better in summer than in winters.
The biggest drawback is that the weather is pretty depressing and no wonder there seem to be a lot of people on some kind of anti-depressants over here. You will notice a lot of people have difficulty smiling/laughing. The roads are terrible, and there is always some kind of construction. Beware, this place does have a lot of bad drivers on the road. I most likely will get out of this area prior to this 2012 Fall.

Top 10 lists are always debatable but this one seems pretty odd -- I wish there were a little more transparency into the methodology.

I also wonder if year-round weather is part of the equation... Toronto winters are pretty harsh to where most of the things that make it great are not fully accessible for 4-5 months of the year.

Or how does it calculate the opportunities for, and value generated by, a city's creative class? Is there a vibrant and sustainable creative culture that elevates a place's desirability?

Life in Austin, TX is generally solid year-round (yes, even the hot summers) and meets a lot of the criteria though every time I leave I find a sense of grandeur that I don't often feel living in Austin... although we are a big family and it's a lot easier to be fundamentally involved with life here... in a way that's difficult in other creative and forward-thinking cities...

Maybe another factor to consider is wether a place allows for an individual to truyly make an impact in their surroundings... how much say do you really have in your city?

Yea! I am so excited to see my hometown is number one! Now i need to move back there!!

Pittsburgh is one of the weirdest cities in the us. It can get 20 straight days of rain here which it often does.
It's morbid and depressing here. Downtown is a joke. Traffic downtown is like driving down paved alley ways. It's almost
as if the whole downtown is one weirdly placed corner that cars, buses and pedestrians have to navigate. I defy anyone
visiting or living in pittsburgh spot a EMC unit that doesn't have it's sirens sounding. The people are even weird.
People here will go out their way to speak to you as if they know you. There's also a weird dynamic that exist between
Pittsburgh's ethnic and caucasian population. It's as if there is an unspoken agreement with both parties saying:
I will give you this and that, and will allow this and that, in exchange for your cooperation on these issues that
your people are known for in other cities.
Trying to stroll the neighborhoods, you are either walking up a hill (often
steep) or down a hill. It seems the biggest industry here is health care related with UPMC being the biggest monopoly.
More than half the city seem to be on food stamps. Unlike the large areas of NY, Philly, Chicago, LA, where wealth is
flaunted like bare breast during spring brake on Virginia beach, What appears to be affluent living in Pittsburgh is
often just a mask for 'just
getting by'.

Bottom line is that Pittsburgh feels like a big city in a small hick town.

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Daniel, Why are you in Pittsburgh? Are you earning a living here? If so, leave and let someone else have that job. It seems that friendly people piss you off.

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