But what factors are drawing young people to specific urban areas? What can cities do to increase their post-grad, young professional population?
Based on a methodology that includes dozens of statistical factors– fitness, housing cost, public transit, nightlife, and more– Pittsburgh has ranked itself among the top 20 cities that offer “the best situation” for the 20-something lifestyle.
“Pittsburgh is a great city if you like books and bars. The Steel City is home to the highest number of bars per capita in the U.S. and it’s also one of the most literate cities in the country, thanks to its big three universities: the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Duquesne. Pittsburgh is also quickly developing a reputation as a sleeper city for bike enthusiasts. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail includes 24 miles of urban biking along the city’s winding rivers, and the city will unveil a bike share program in April 2015. More committed cyclists can opt to trek the Great Allegheny Passage, part of 330 miles of bike paths between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.”
Among its peers, Pittsburgh stacks up against cities such as Boulder, CO, Phoeniz, AZ, and Philadelphia.
For the full list and more on their methodology, the full article can be found here.