About Pittsburgh

What's Pittsburgh Like?

Pittsburgh, the home of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, is a modern, vibrant city.

Visitors from outside the region and other parts of the world often find their own touches of home in Pittsburgh's:

  • Diverse mix of neighborhoods.
  • Rich cultural and intellectual legacy.
  • Dramatic, river-carved terrain.

A City with Stunning Views

A safe, sophisticated, friendly city, Pittsburgh continues to top the lists of America's great cities year after year.

Our skyline is lively and dramatic — yet compact enough to take in at a glance.

  • Two broad rivers frame the city's unique, triangular downtown as they meet to form one of the nation's great waterways — the Ohio River.
  • Hundreds of bridges of all shapes and sizes span Pittsburgh's rivers and valleys, accenting vistas that few cities can match.
  • Draped in lush greenery during the spring and summer months, Pittsburgh's closely packed hills blaze with color in the fall.

Famous Neighborhoods with Cosmopolitan Flavor

One of Pittsburgh's distinguishing traits is its many neighborhoods.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is at the intersection of four of them:

Varied in character and walkable in scale, most of these places date back to a time when a flourishing steel industry drew workers from across the world.

Today, long-established families live side-by-side with professionals who work in the region's newly thriving education, technology, and health care fields. Many of these academics, engineers, and doctors are new to the United States.

Local houses of worship serve most of the world's faiths.

Tolerance and diversity — of national origin, culture, and employment — are keys to Pittsburgh's famously friendly character.

A City with Much to Offer

Children's Hospital's campus stands in Lawrenceville, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

In recent years, residents have renovated many of the neighborhood's historic homes. And they've seen many boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and coffee shops spring up.

If you have time to explore while you're here or seek things to do to keep a sibling occupied, you'll find plenty of options close by Children's.

  • Parks and trails: Pittsburgh maintains a vast system of parks and riverfront trails where children can play and adults can unwind.
  • Museums: The world-recognized dinosaur and art collections of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are part of a network of cultural treasures — ranging from the Andy Warhol Museum to the Senator John Heinz History Center and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture … all named for native Pittsburghers.
  • Culture: Home to an acclaimed symphony orchestra, opera company, and ballet troupe, you'll find Pittsburgh's Cultural District packed with theaters, art venues, and restaurants.
  • Sports and amusement: Pittsburgh also offers pro football, baseball, and hockey teams, as well as an amusement park.