County Seat: Pittsburgh
Home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University among many other schools, Allegheny County encompasses the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh International Airport, one of the world's top two airports. The region is essentially an academic, economic and cultural hub. With so many established universities and new and old companies in the area, along with the culture and opportunity available in the city, Allegheny County has something to offer to everyone.
Recently, the workforce of Allegheny County has been transformed from one focused primarily on heavy industry to one relying on more specialized industries and service providers, including high technology, health care, education and finance. The region's top employers are the UPMC Health System, the University of Pittsburgh, Giant Eagle, Inc., PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Mellon Financial Corp., Highmark, U.S. Steel, Eat'n Park Hospitality and US Airways. Allegheny County is home to at least seven Fortune 500 firms, and it leads the way in attracting even more business investment to Southwestern PA. There are also currently more than 800 firms and over 100,000 people involved in the advanced technology industry in the Allegheny County region. The area's corporate, university and health care infrastructure has been the catalyst in spawning our primary high-tech industries which include information technology, biomedical technology, environmental technology and advanced materials and manufacturing.
Allegheny County's generous selection of cultural arts provides a variety of year-round entertainment. The Pittsburgh metro-area ranks in the top ten of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the nation in terms of cultural facilities per 100,000 population. In fact, the cultural arts in Allegheny County draw the same number of audiences as sports events every year. People can enjoy the many extravagant theaters in Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District and visit the numerous museums throughout the city and surrounding metro area showing some of the world's finest collections of art and amazing exhibits. Sports and recreation are woven into the fiber of this southwestern Pennsylvania community. Whether it's a solitary stroll through one of the region's many forested public parks or gathering with thousands of others at Heinz Field or PNC Park to cheer on the hometown heroes, competition and sportsmanship are embodied in the spirit of Allegheny County residents.
Allegheny County also boasts a strong international focus. Individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the world, network with their counterparts in Allegheny County; exchanging information and ideas for the mutual benefit of their respective areas. More than 250 international firmshave headquarters or regional offices located in Southwestern Pennsylvania.Their business efforts are enhanced by such organizations as the World Trade Center Pittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh World Trade Association, the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors and the World Affairs Council.
Allegheny County residents and visitors experience a unique local atmosphere, enjoying all the "big city" amenities without many of the big city problems.These features blend with a special small town warmth and charm, to give the county a quality of life envied throughout the nation. Pittsburgh is well on its way to the top making Allegheny County a fantastic place to live. National Geographic Adventure placed Pittsburgh at number one on its list of seven “Adventure Cities,” The Economist ranked Pittsburgh the #1 most livable city in the United States and 29th most livable city in the world, National Geographic named Pittsburgh one of the Best Trips to take in 2012, and CNBC named Pittsburgh as the #1 Best City to Relocate to in America.