“Pittsburgh? Really? Ahead of stalwarts like Portland, Seattle and New Orleans? Yes, Pittsburgh. The Steel City. Home of the Black, Gold … and blonde roasts,” notes a ranking by Apartmentguide.

“The ‘Burgh is a unique mix of East Coast and Midwest, busy coastal and slower Great Lakes. Long past are the days of steel mills, coal mines and smoky air. Today’s Pittsburgh is a modern, shining business and tech hub, alive with culture, music, championship sports and a growing café culture.”

With a population of 310,048, Pittsburgh has 52.8 coffee shops per capita (per 100,000 people by their methodology) and 2.9 coffee shops per square mile, according to Apartment Guide.

The ranking puts Pittsburgh third nationally, behind only Bay Area coffee meccas San Francisco and Berkeley. Seattle, home of Starbucks, ranks fourth.

“Sprinkled throughout PGH, you’ll find two dozen Starbucks, but also neighborhood cafés like Espresso A Mano, Allegheny Coffee and Tea Exchange, Fort Pitt Coffee, Commonplace Coffee and Carnegie Coffee Company,” says Apartmentguide.

They also say this about our city: “Despite residing in the same state as East Coast Philadelphia, Pittsburgh is pure workaday Midwest. It’s a town at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, so rental prices still reflect more Middle America than coastal. A one-bedroom apartment leases for an average of $1,598 a month.”

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