Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the most livable cities in the nation.
Population: 305,700
% over 50: 34%
Median home price: $129,000
Top state income tax: 3.07%
Cost of living index: 92

"The Steel City" has evolved from its rusty roots to become a cosmopolitan place that ranks among the most livable in the nation.

Old mill sites have been cleaned up and turned into shopping and technology centers. Factories and warehouses are now prime real estate for restaurants, art galleries, and luxury lofts.

While there's plenty to love about New Pittsburgh, Old Pittsburgh has much to offer thanks to the 20th-century industrialists who left a legacy in arts, architecture, sports, and education. The steel industry is largely gone, but the symphony, ballet, opera, zoo, museums, and sports teams live on. And with more than a dozen universities, art schools, and institutes in town, retirees have their pick of lifelong learning programs.

Unfortunately, Pittsburgh's air quality still leaves something to be desired, but it appears to be steadily improving.

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Demographic information provided by Onboard Informatics.
Median home price: Based on 2010 data.
Cost of living index: The national average is 100; the lower a place's number, the less expensive it is. An index value of 95 means the town's cost of living is 95% of the national median.

Last updated September 16 2011: 12:56 PM ET
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