In 2007, Pittsburgh was been ranked #1 Most Livable City in America by Places Rated Almanac. The 379 metropolitan areas surveyed were evaluated in nine categories: housing affordability (cost of living), transportation, jobs, education, climate, crime, health care, recreation and ambience (museums, performing arts, restaurants and historical districts).
Thanks to places like Venture Outdoors and Kayak Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh was named one of the Best Adventure Towns to Live and Play In by National Geographic Adventure. It was also named one of the Best Sports Cities by Sporting News.
2007 was an exciting year for golf fans. From June 14 to 17, Oakmont Country Club hosted the 107th US Open Golf Championship. The championship brought together golf greats such as Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Veejay Singh, Fred Funk, Bubba Watson, Angel Cabrera and many more. This marked the 13th USGA national championship held at Oakmont Country Club and the first US Open since 1994.
PNC Park is listed among the Top 10 Best Ballparks in the nation by Major League Baseball. The park was recognized for being the best of the new “retro” parks for its “great sightlines, terrific view of downtown and comfy without sacrificing ambience,” states Dayn Perry, FOXSports.com.
Voters at American Style magazine have named Pittsburgh the Best Arts Destination in the Country among mid-sized cities. Pittsburgh also scored points among readers for the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and smaller private art galleries.
Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History was ranked sixth in the nation in the Travel Channel’s top picks for Best Museums for Dinosaur Sightings. The museum is acknowledged for having “some of the best dinosaur exhibits in the world.”
Pittsburgh was also ranked among the Top 10 of the World’s Cleanest Cities by Forbes magazine. The magazine recognized the city’s transformation stating, “though formerly a steel capital of the U.S., it has turned around and is now into healthcare, education, robotics, technology and financial services.
In 2007, Pittsburgh was named one of North America’s Top 3 Cities of the Future by Foreign Direct Land Investment magazine, an affiliate of the Financial Times, London. The rankings are based on a variety of criteria, and Pittsburgh topped the list of large cities in cost effectiveness, which included business space rental and purchase prices, salaries and energy costs.
Pittsburgh also ranked among America's 50 Hottest Cities for business relocation and expansion, according to Expansion Management. The magazine's list was determined by site selectors and their perceptions of a city's potential based on factors like business environment, work force quality, operating costs, incentive programs, work force training programs, and the ease of working with the local political and economic development community.
Pittsburgh was named Top City for Geeks in 2007 by Wired magazine. Pittsburgh ranked seventh and received high marks on such geek-friendly measures as its proximity to top-ranked engineering schools and the number of comic book stores and Circuit City stores per capita.
Pittsburgh was rated one of the five best places for members of the so-called “Creative Class” – a segment that fuels cultural and economic vitality – in a study released by Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine in cooperation with former Carnegie Mellon University professor Richard Florida, who developed the “creative class” concept.
Even after traveling some of more challenging routes, Auto Vantage named Pittsburgh the city with the second most courteous drivers in the country.
The Pittsburgh area was also rated the #1 Place in the Country for Baby Boomers to find love and keep it. The study, conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces, used Census data on marriage and divorce rates among the 45-65 set.