Are you a millennial looking to settle down, buy your first house, and put down roots? New York and San Francisco are obvious landing spots, however they aren’t the only option. A new study finds that that a great landing spot is Pittsburgh for millennials looking to settle down.
According to a new ranking by Niche.com, Pittsburgh ranks as one of the best cities for young professionals. The ranking system took a few factors into account:
- The cost of living
- Availability of jobs
- Availability of housing
- Food, drink, and recreational availability
- and more.
Overall, Pittsburgh ranked 12th on Niche’s list. Behind cities such as San Francisco and New York. Still, the inclusion of a city most often thought of as a steel working city is surprising.
As one resident put it:
Pittsburgh is as close to a perfect balance as one can find! World class colleges and universities, a cultural district where patrons can see the symphony, ballet, opera, a broadway show, the public theater and more. Pittsburgh has multiple museums, including the Carnegie Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory. The culinary scene is greatly influenced by generations of ethnic diversity. If you are a sports fan, you have your choice of the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates to keep you entertained. Pittsburgh is an ideal location for families, young professionals and visiting college students alike.
Overall, Pittsburgh ranked #39 for best cities in America and #12 in best cities for millennials. The rest of the millennial list includes:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
- San Francisco, California
- Arlington, Virginia
- Seattle, Washington
- Washington, D.C.
- Berkeley, California
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Alexandria, Virginia
- Denver Colorado
- New York, New York
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Living in Pittsburgh
Choosing Pittsburgh for millennials may sound strange, however the cost of living in Pittsburgh is far better than some of the other cities on this list. The average cost of a home in Pittsburgh is $130,700. Compare that to the US average of $207,600.
Or, compare that against the average home price for the rest of the top list:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts ($753,900)
- San Francisco, California ($1,285,000)
- Arlington, Virginia ($687,700)
- Seattle, Washington ($727,400)
- Washington, D.C.($548,300)
- Berkeley, California ($1,259,600)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota ($244,300)
- Boston, Massachusetts ($567,500)
- Alexandria, Virginia ($841,000)
- Denver Colorado ($398,500)
- New York, New York ($309,100)
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ($130,700)
Pittsburgh ranks as the city in the top 12 with the lowest average home price. It’s no wonder Pittsburgh was recently ranked one of the top cities for first-time home-buyers.
Ready For Pittsburgh?
Of course, the above list is only averages. Sure, there are million-dollar neighborhoods in Pittsburgh just as there are $100,000 home to be had in New York. The difference of course, is location.
Location matters not only when it comes to home prices, but the overall cost of living as well. That’s why City vs City calculates costs at the zip-code level to achieve an accurate result.
City vs City is a powerful cost of living calculator. We account for after-tax income, housing expenses, state and local taxes, and more. Once our app determines your true cost of living, we compare the results with another city of your choosing.
Pittsburgh for millennials? Stranger things have happened. With City vs City you’ll know if Pittsburgh is right for you. Download the City vs City app today and start comparing your current cost of living with your dream city!