In Your Face, Shelbyville!

3 comments April 27th, 2007at 12:00am Posted by Eli

Didn’t really see this coming:

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl doesn’t remember the last time Pittsburgh was rated No. 1 in the country by “Places Rated Almanac.” That was in 1985, and he was only 5.

But he grew up in “America’s Most Livable City,” and last night said he was glad to hear that the latest edition of the almanac has again put Pittsburgh No. 1.


David Savageau, who has been compiling the “Places Rated Almanac” since 1981, said he was hoping that this year’s edition would have a surprise No. 1 that might create the kind of buzz the 1985 rankings did.


Mr. Savageau continues to use the same formula to rate the 379 metropolitan areas he surveys. There are nine categories: housing affordability (cost of living); transportation; jobs; education; climate; crime; health care; recreation; and ambience (museums, performing arts, restaurants and historical districts).

The seven-county area that makes up Pittsburgh failed to finish in the top 20 in any of the categories, ranging from a competitive 21st in recreation and 29th in education to a less-than-stellar 111th in housing and 135th in climate. But when the numbers are added up, the one that counts is the final total.

“To tell the truth,” Mr. Savageau said, “I was rooting for New York. It’s a city, like Pittsburgh, that has a lot of predispositions against it. But I found New Yorkers to be among the nicest people in the whole country, and there’s such an incredible number of things to do there. But it has liabilities, such as the cost of living.”


This is the seventh edition of the “Places Rated Almanac,” and Pittsburgh hasn’t always finished first, dropping as low as 14th in 1997 and 12th in 1999, the last year that the listings were done. But the city is the only one to finish in the top 20 every time.

That’s… kinda cool. Although as a transplanted New Yorker, I would have been perfectly happy if New York had placed first…

(h/t Ol’ Froth)

Entry Filed under: Pittsburgh/PA


  • 1. four legs good  |  April 27th, 2007 at 2:08 am

    I really like Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, my crazy mother lives there.

    I’d never get any peace if we lived in the same city.

  • 2. Spear and Magic  |  April 27th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Well, they once again have a showcase mayor (like Caliguiri and Masloff were) rather than corrupt, autocratic hacks (like, well, you know).

    Plus, word has probably gotten around by now that I have moved, and that instantly makes the place much more livable. I know *I* like Pittsburgh a lot better now that I am not there.

  • 3. Multi Medium » We&#&hellip  |  December 29th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    […] And, of course, Pittsburgh is the most livable city in America. You heard me. […]

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