Pittsburgh named among Top 10 Best U.S. Downtowns

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The praise keeps coming.

Just last week, Men's Journal listed Pittsburgh and nine other cities in its annual offering of the best places to live in the U.S.

The city was also listed as the top place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Niche and also a Top 10 city for romantics by Amazon.

Well, Pittsburgh can now add to its resume a Top 10 U.S. Best Downtown, according

To be more specific, the fifth best Downtown in the U.S.

"Pittsburgh is growing and thriving, offering expanded housing options, rising population, affordability, diversity and around-the-clock entertainment," the press release states.

According to Livability, editors used figures provided by Esri, the Census Bureau, the United States Department of Agriculture and other sources to come up with the list. They looked for places with low vacancy rates, new development and an influx of people into those spaces. Furthermore:

"We looked for cultural attractions and nightlife that draw people into the heart of their cities. Finally, we added in factors that we typically include in all our lists, including the city’s Walk Score and measures of affordability and diversity. We also included population parameters to ensure we identified places with more than just a quaint Main Street."


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That's right, they know our Downtown is more than just Market Square.

“Having a great downtown is about more than just great stores, and great restaurants. A great downtown needs people,” said Matt Carmichael, editor of, in the press release. “Great cities need great spaces to gather. These cities and towns are wonderful places to get out and engage with your friends, family and other residents.”

The release credits Pittsburgh's downtown for being an area that "remains a vibrant mix of culture, arts and innovation."

Point State Park, the Cultural District, our riverfront trails and growing dining scene are also given high praise.

Alexandria, Va., took the top spot in the list, followed by Santa Monica, Calif., Greenville, S.C., Bellevue, Wash., and Pittsburgh rounding out the top 5. The full list can be found here.

Enjoy Downtown!

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