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Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh (/ˈpɪtsbɜːrɡ/ PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Allegheny County. It is the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia and the 68th-most populous city in the U.S. with a population of 302,971 as of the 2020 census. The city anchors the Pittsburgh metropolitan area of Western Pennsylvania. Its population of 2.457 million is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, the 7th largest in the Mid-Atlantic region and the 26th-largest in the U.S. Pittsburgh is the principal city of the greater Pittsburgh–Weirton–Steubenville combined statistical area which includes parts of Ohio and West Virginia.

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Pittsburgh
Nicknames: 
Motto: 
Benigno Numine ("With the benevolent deity")
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Coordinates: 40°26′23″N 79°58′35″W
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyAllegheny
Historic empires
Historic colonies
FoundedNovember 27, 1758; 265 years ago (1758-11-27) (fort)
Municipal incorporation
  • April 22, 1794; 229 years ago (1794-04-22) (borough)
  • March 18, 1816; 207 years ago (1816-03-18) (city)
Founded by
Named forWilliam Pitt the Elder
Government
  TypeMayor-council
  MayorEd Gainey (D)
  City Council
List
  • Bobby Wilson
  • Theresa Kail-Smith
  • Robert Charland III
  • Anthony Coghill
  • Barbara Greenwood Warwick
  • Daniel Lavelle (President)
  • Deborah Gross
  • Erika Strassburger
  • Khari Mosley
Area
  City58.35 sq mi (151.12 km2)
  Land55.38 sq mi (143.42 km2)
  Water2.97 sq mi (7.70 km2)
Highest elevation
1,370 ft (420 m)
Lowest elevation
710 ft (220 m)
Population
  City302,971
  Rank68th in the United States
2nd in Pennsylvania
  Density5,471.26/sq mi (2,112.47/km2)
  Urban
1,745,039 (US: 30th)
  Urban density1,924.7/sq mi (743.1/km2)
  Metro2,457,000 (US: 26th)
Demonym(s)Pittsburgher, Yinzer
GDP
  Pittsburgh (MSA)$153.3 billion (2022)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern Standard Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern Daylight Time)
ZIP Code
35 total ZIP codes:
  • 15122, 15201-15244, 15250-15255, 15257-15262, 15264-15265, 15267-15268, 15270, 15272, 15274-15279, 15281-15283, 15286, 15289-15290, 15295
Area codes412, 724, 878
FIPS code42-61000
GNIS feature ID1213644
Websitepittsburghpa.gov Edit this at Wikidata
Designated1946[6]
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Pittsburgh is located in southwest Pennsylvania at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River, which combine to form the Ohio River.[7] It developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains led to the region being contested by the French and British Empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.[8] Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its dominant role in the history of the U.S. steel industry, and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges.[9] For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York City and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita.[10] Starting in the post-war era, Pittsburgh leaders began to strategically divest in manufacturing and invest instead in education, science, technology, health care, and art.[11] This led to deindustrialization in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in massive layoffs among blue-collar workers as steel and other heavy industries declined, and thousands of downtown white-collar workers also losing jobs when several Pittsburgh-based companies moved out.[12]

After 1990, Pittsburgh has focused its energies on the healthcare, education, and technology industries.[13] Pittsburgh is home to large medical providers, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Allegheny Health Network, and 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.[14] The area has served as the federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research, and the nuclear navy.[15] In the private sector, Pittsburgh-based PNC is the nation's fifth-largest bank, and the city is home to eight Fortune 500 companies and seven of the largest 300 U.S. law firms. RAND Corporation, BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have regional headquarters and offices that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.[16] Furthermore, the region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and energy extraction.[17]

Pittsburgh's rich industrial history left the area with renowned cultural institutions, including the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the National Aviary, and a diverse cultural district.[18] The city's major league professional sports teams include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh is additionally where Jehovah's Witnesses traces its earliest origins, and was the host of the 2009 G20 Pittsburgh summit.

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