Quality of Life
Allegheny County residents and visitors experience a unique local atmosphere, enjoying all the "big city" amenities without many of the big city problems. These features blend with a special small town warmth and charm, to give us a quality of life envied throughout the nation.
In a 1985 survey of 329 metropolitan areas by Rand McNally's "Places Rated Almanac" Allegheny County and the Greater Pittsburgh Area earned the title, "Most Livable Community in the Nation" for its strength in housing, health, education, arts, recreation, economics, safety, transportation and climate. In subsequent editions of the Almanac, our region has continued to rate consistently high, and has drawn raves in many other publications as well, earning top ten areas to live accolades from Money Magazine, Fortune Magazine, National Employment Review and Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, among others.
The 1995 Uniform Crime Report also gives the region high marks for safety, with Pittsburgh having been found to be safer then 44 of 48 cities with more than 300,000 residents. Allegheny County also boasts the lowest crime rates for any metropolitan area with more than one million citizens.
The cost of quality housing in Allegheny County ranks among the most affordable in the nation, based on figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Our costs are well below the national average, easily beating out cities including Baltimore, Atlanta, Seattle or Chicago.