2010: 305,704, #59 in U.S., #2 in Pennsylvania

1950: 676,806, #12 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,356,285, #22 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 2,213,236, #8 in U.S.


Pittsburgh was first settled in 1760 around Fort Pitt, in the triangular area where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River. Today, Point State Park is located at the tip of the triangle, at the rivers’ confluence. Mount Washington is a neighborhood overlooking downtown from the south side of the rivers. Duquesne University is just east of downtown.


Tallest building: U.S. Steel Tower, 841 feet (1970)

List of tallest buildings


The Macy's store in downtown Pittsburgh, in the former Kauffman’s store, closed in 2015.


Amtrak's Capitol Limited goes east from Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Station (1903) to Washington, D.C., and west to Cleveland and Chicago. The Pennsylvanian goes east to Philadelphia and New York City. 

Pittsburgh Light Rail (1987) runs between downtown and the southern suburbs. It operates underground in the downtown area and aboveground elsewhere.

Pittsburgh has two historic incline railroads that go up Mt. Washington from the riverfront: the Monongahela Incline (1870), 635 feet long, and the nearby Duquesne Incline (1877), 800 feet long.

Pittsburgh and Monongahela River


The Carnegie Science Center, the Heinz History Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum are located downtown.


Downtown Pittsburgh has no first-run movie theaters. Filmmakers Cinema presents independent films at the Harris Theater.

The city has two former movie palaces that have been restored as performing arts centers: Heinz Hall (the former Loew’s Penn Theater, 1927) is now home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Benedum Center (the former Stanley Theater, 1928) has the Pittsburgh Opera, touring Broadway shows, and a variety of concerts.

The Byham Theater and the Pittsburgh Public Theater are also downtown.


The Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League play at PNC Park (2001), located just across the Allegheny River from downtown. The NFL Pittsburgh Steelers play at Heinz Field (2001), west of PNC Park. The NHL Pittsburgh Penguins play at PPG Paints Arena (2010).

Map of Downtown Pittsburgh


Convention and Visitors Bureau