Founded in 1758, Pittsburgh has been nicknamed "The Gateway to the West," "The City of Bridges" and "The Steel City." Today the city's economy is largely based on healthcare, education, technology, robotics, and financial services.
A vibrant city made up of numerous distinctive neighborhoods, Pittsburgh's heart is the Golden Triangle, encompassing Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River, and the bustling streets and buzzing office buildings of Downtown. Uptown features campuses of Duquesne University and Robert Morris University and leads to the East End neighborhoods, including Bloomfield, where The Western Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH), a member of West Penn Allegheny Health System, is located, and campuses of Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Across the rivers are the neighborhoods of North Side, South Side, and West End. West Penn Allegheny Health System facilities on the North Side and in northern suburbs are Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), with offices of the AGH-WPH Medical Education Consortium, and outpatient facilities in Bellevue (AGH Suburban Campus) and McCandless.
WPAHS facilities are located in the eastern suburb of Monroeville (Forbes Regional Hospital), the southern suburbs (Canonsburg General Hospital in Canonsburg and its Outpatient Care Center in Peters Twp.) and the northeastern suburbs (Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and its Ambulatory Care Center in New Kensington).
Pittsburghers are dedicated to their sports teams, and its major-league clubs — the Steelers of the NFL, the Penguins of the NHL, and the Pirates of the MLB — have taken the City's official colors of black and gold as their own.
On the arts front, Pittsburgh boasts the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which performs in beautiful Heinz Hall located in downtown's Cultural District. Also in the Cultural District are the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, official home of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Civic Light Opera; the Byham, O'Reilly, and Harris theaters; and the Wood Street Galleries. Nearby cultural attractions include the Carnegie Museums and Carnegie Science Center. Add in the many music festivals held annually, numerous dance companies performing around the area, and art galleries galore, and Pittsburgh can satisfy just about any taste in the arts.
To get the flavor of Pittsburgh through its publications, check out the many daily and neighborhood newspapers and the monthly Pittsburgh Magazine, with guides to restaurants, events, and shopping and information about local healthcare, education, transportation, and other topics.
Pittsburghers hope you have the opportunity to visit us in the near future!