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Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
103 reviews
4 out of 5 stars based on 143 ratings
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County.

As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges.

The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders. Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, sports, transportation, computing, autos, and electronics.

For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita. America's 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out. This heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, libraries, a diverse cultural district and the most bars per capita in the U.S. Today, Google, Apple Inc., Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls.

The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation's eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 U.S. law firms make their global headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.

In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the "eleven most livable cities in the world"; The Economist's Global Liveability Ranking placed Pittsburgh as the first- or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sustainable energy, and energy extraction.

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Many Pittsburgh companies routinely practice age discrimination for anyone over 55. Very difficult town to find good full time employment after 55. The trend is to hire through temp agencies where the "temp" gets only about half of the money paid to the agency. These agencies are great for companies and bad news for people looking for good jobs.
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lack of transportation, ease of access (steps), very little done for the hearing impaired, no community engagement or senior citizen centers other than the church
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I have not lived in this area very long - only a couple of years and haven't really seen too many programs for the elderly. However, there are libraries and such that put together nice activities for people
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Senior citizens receive free public transportation, resources, nursing homes, home care, senior housing.
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Transportation makes it age friendly. The buses are very convenient.
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Many social service programs such as the Area on Aging.
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I live close to the Vintage Center in East Liberty they have lots of activities as well as so.e transportation for the clients.
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Tons of parking, accessibility into and out of entrance ways for public access is great, parks and community engagement (libraries) are equipped with handicap stalls, ramps and more.
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It's a beautiful area, very people friendly, all different nationalities as well
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I feel that the roads here are very difficult for young people to drive in so I can't imagine how the senior citizens must feel! Also noticed that lots of streets here don't have wide enough sidewalks some streets barley have a walking area. And there are lots of downhill/uphill roads here, which isn't really in the benefit of the older population. But then again, the bus line isn't too bad; even though it's not that great, and car services are available through many different providers such as Uber or Lyft and most major grocery stores like Walmart & Giant Eagle deliver so I guess that helps make everyone's life a bit easier. I also haven't seen many senior or community activity centers but then again I have never actually looked for one myself!

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B+

How did Pennsylvania earn the grade of B+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Pennsylvania has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Pennsylvania does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are taxes imposed on inheritance. Pennsylvania has an effective property tax rate of 1.55%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Pennsylvania earned its state tax grade of B+.

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