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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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Hmmm...lived in Pittsburgh, Chicago, LA, Tucson, St. Louis, Kansas City. Pittsburgh finishes in the top two or three. St. Louis and Kansas City are up there too. Chicago is NOWHERE near the top. I wouldn't send my wife's dog to live in Chicago. And I don't like my wife's dog.

Really, where did you live in Chicago? Plus, you rank St. Louis ahead of Chicago? Really?

i've lived here (Chicago) all my life..i just turned 34. for a good 5 years now, i have been just itching to get out..this place is depressing..if you don't live downtown or in one of the more affluent suburbs..

Detroit and Washington DC are in the top 10 for the U.S. I think that goes to show just how useful this list must be. Sheesh.

"“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,”

What are these people smoking? Pittsburgh has plenty of crime and plenty of congestion. I'm assuming they've never attempted to drive around the area before.

And Detroit at #7 for the U.S.? For crying out loud... people in Detroit watch "Robocop" and wonder why the future city depicted in the film is so much nicer than the real city. Think about that.

That's because many of the exteriors for Robocop were filmed in Dallas.

That's because many of the exteriors for Robocop were filmed in Dallas.

Pittsburgh has had the "benefit" of a steel collapse and population loss to deflate property costs in the region and both the luck and hard work of its people to diversify it enough to make it a place that people would want to come back to. The wages unfortunately are deflated as well in certain industries... but if you aren't concerned with both making uber bucks and paying out the tail to live somewhere (a catch 22 in itself), its a very liveable place where you won't feel like a number and its residents are the most warm and accomodating around. Crime is pretty isolated to specific areas, usually drug related.... and there is no known gang activity that I've heard of. THIS from myself, an outsider who moved here 5 years ago.

Plus its important to think of it as a region, rather than just the city as the now over-exposed model of economic prosperity. The city-proper has plenty of issues... politically, infrastructurally, and the infamous tax base, but metro is holding its own and doing well. House prices are spotty but can be bought about anywhere at reasonable cost and great sq. footage...unless you move to Mt. Lebanon or Sewickley. In Sewickley you'd be owning a mansion anyways, LOL.

I visited Pittsburg for a short vacation. Went to the tourist sights and a Pirates game. I was amazed at how articulate and well educated people in service jobs were. The people at the hotel (a standard chain) and at the stadium were significantly nicer, more helpful, smarter, educated, etc than in any other city I've been to.

I was imagining these were displaced office professionals, but I don't know. I suspect it's a great place to hire good people for a reasonable price.

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