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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What Pittsburgh has some of the best residential architecture in the country, and is great prices.

I can't imagine how Seattle came in 9th on the list. There's limited traffic, temperature weather, great culture. This is a surprise to me.

If "Diversity" is one of the criteria, it's easy to see how this list came up with such wacky and just plain wrong results.

Detroit is very "diverse", in the sense that there's plenty of non-asian minorities live there, but otherwise it's a total cesspool.

I visited Seattle and loved it. I thought that it was fabulous.

D.C. number three??? Sure, if your income is triple the national average. I live just a bit outside the beltway and go to considerable lengths to avoid going into the District unless I absolutely must. High prices, hideous traffic, rotten public utilities and a corrupt and inefficient local school system make it a whited sepulchre.

Pittsburgh is a great city.

Looking at the criteria, however, it is easy to see why it took the top spot.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of the best hospital systems in the world.

University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University are some of the best public and private universities in the country, respectively.

Pittsburgh is blessed with the philanthropic endowments of its industrial era. It has an amazing cultural and art scene, especially for its size.

It's almost as if the categories were hand-selected to make Pittsburgh rank #1.

If you threw in weather, that would REALLY penalize the city. It has some of the worst weather in the country.

Depends what you consider bad weather. I come from a southern state where it's always sunny every. single. day. and it's SO monotonous and boring. Pittsburgh has variety. It makes it interesting. Either way, it never gets half as bad as Michigan or New York here.

I moved from Pittsburgh 8 years ago for a job in Central PA where the people shun you if you haven't lived there all your life. I'd move back to "tahn" in a heartbeat, where people don't just give you directions to get somewhere. They say "c'mon, follow me". I loved it there, and yunz guys would, too ! !


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