New to Pittsburgh?
A Newcomer's Guide to Pittsburgh
See also: Visitor Guides to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Living
Learn why you should live in Pittsburgh and where. Explore the different neighborhoods and pair them to your lifestyle. Learn about incentives such as special mortgage opportunities, tax abatements, and the Pittsburgh Promise college scholarship fund.
Learn the lingo.
Get a Job
Job & Career Education Center
Come in to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's job center for help with finding a job.
CareerLink is a one-stop shop that connects employers and job seekers. CareerLink offers help online and at multiple sites in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
An organization interested in attracting a vibrant and diverse workforce to Pittsburgh.
- Additional Pittsburgh Employment Resources...
A collection of maps of Pittsburgh from various sources.
Port Authority of Allegheny County
The Port Authority serves the City of Pittsburgh and all of Allegheny County with a network of buses and light rail. They also provide ACCESS service for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
The official site of the Pittsburgh Airport Authority. Allows you to search for arrivals from and departures to an extensive list of cities for today. Provides information about getting to and from the airport.
Pittsburgh Parking Authority
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority runs parking garages and lots in Pittsburgh and is responsible for on street parking meters. Go here for Residential Parking Permits and to pay a parking ticket online.
Check out the traffic conditions on the major highways in Pittsburgh.
Where to Live
Allegheny County Municipalities
Don't know where a town is? Check here for a map and information on each of the 130 municipalities that make up Allegheny County.
City of Pittsburgh: Neighborhoods
The City provides a map of and information about each neighborhood with links to related organizations.
An excellenent site to learn about the city neighborhoods of Downtown, East Liberty, Friendship & Penn Avenue Arts District, Lawrenceville, North Side, Oakland, Shadyside, South Side, Squirrel Hill, and The Strip District. Great articles!
- Additional Neighborhood Resources...
Rent an Apartment
Allegheny County Housing Authority
ACHA is the public housing authority for Allegheny County and provides information on Low-Income Public Housing Application Procedure.
This is the online version of the monthly free print publication distributed in multiple cities. You can search by all cities around Pittsburgh or by a specific municipality.
Apartment Rental Guide: Pittsburgh
This is the web version of the free monthly print publication by Homes & Land Affiliates. You can search by region (central, north, south, east, west) or do a combined search.
Housing Authority of Pittsburgh
HACP provides information on public housing. HACP's housing is available to individuals and families, including special provisions for senior and persons with disabilities. HACP manages several thousand housing units in community settings, high rises and scattered sites around the City.
- Additional Rental Resources...
Buy a House
Allegheny County Real Estate Assessments
By inputting an address of a house, you can see what the price paid for it by the current owner was, the current market value of the house and property, and the size of the lot. It might help to know about the Pittsburgh Wards.
Serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For listings in Pittsburgh, click on Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, then search in North, South, East and West by neighborhood. For instance, Squirrel Hill and Shadyside are in the East. You can set up a search profile and have them email you new listings. Includes listings from other real estate agencies (cross-listed).
Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh has 15 offices and over 900 sales associates in Pittsburgh. You can set up a search profile and have them email you new listings. Includes listings from other real estate agencies (cross-listed)
- Additional Real Estate Resources...
Check out the Schools
- A+ Schools
Pittsburgh Business Times 2012 Western Pennsylvania School Guide
Statewide rankings of school districts. Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and North Allegheny School Districts rank highest.
The Pittsburgh Promise
Live in our City, attend our schools, earn $40,000 for college.
Pittsburgh Public Schools (Board of Education)
The Pittsburgh School District is the largest in Allegheny County, with 86 public schools serving approximately 31,148 pupils throughout Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (AIU)
All 42 school districts in Allegheny County except for Pittsburgh belong to the AIU. Included are links to the websites of each school district. It also has a list of private schools and the Diocese of Pittsburgh elementary schools served by the AIU.
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Provides information on education. Look for elementary schools under the parishes.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Data and Statistics
Statistics on school district performance.
Pennsylvania School Profiles
View the report card for any school district in Pennsylvania.
Find a Library
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Locations
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh's public library. Use this map to find the branch closest to you.
Get a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library Card
If you are a resident of Allegheny County, you are eligible for a library card, good at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, its branches and most district libraries in Allegheny County.
- Get a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Library Card
eiNetwork Member Libraries in Allegheny County
Look here for a library in your community if you live outside of Pittsburgh but within Allegheny County. These libraries also provide free Internet access on their library computers and in some cases free wireless access.
Find a Place to Worship
Organizations and information for the Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist.
Food & Restaurants
Find a Grocery Store
Here you'll find links to area supermarkets and specialty stores.
Farms & Farmers Markets
You can find these from May through November in the Pittsburgh area. Also included are links to farm stores which are often open year round.
Included here are links to guides to Pittsburgh area restaurants, including reviews, as well as links to restaurants.
A one-stop source for all things free and affordable in our city.
Pittsburgh Magazine: Shopping
Each July, Pittsburgh Magazine publishes a "City Guide" issue with information on shopping areas, as well as a Dining Guide.
PopCity has shopping and dining information by city neighborhood.
- Additional Shopping Information...
Allegheny County Health Department
Location information for their health clinics as well as general health news and alerts.
PA 2-1-1 Southwest
Pennsylvania 2-1-1 Southwest, the free human service hotline operated by United Way, is professionally staffed 24/7 in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette and Westmoreland counties. Call 211 (or 888-553-5778) for help with human services and community resources.
Pittsburgh is in Allegheny County.
City of Pittsburgh
Official city government website containing information on city services as well as descriptions and maps of the neighborhoods.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Includes a link to a list of state agencies.
- Additional Government Resources...
How and Where do I Vote?
Allegheny County Department of Elections
Includes a Polling Place Locator that provides a quick and easy method of determining where the polling place for any particular address within Allegheny County is located.
Pennsylvania Department of State: Voting
This website from the Pennsylvania Department of State includes tips for first time Voters, Voter Registration Application, and Pennsylvania Voter Guide.
- Additional Voter Information...
Cities and municipalities have local earned income taxes that you will have to pay along with the state and federal income taxes.
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Find information and forms for both individual and business taxes. Also online filing of tax returns.
City of Pittsburgh Department of Finance
Includes income and property tax forms and information for residents and businesses that lie within the city limits.
Allegheny County Municipalities
To find out information about taxes in your municipality, you can obtain contact information from this Allegheny County website, which includes links to municipal websites if they exist. Larger municipalities might have their tax forms online.
NewPA.com: Tax Information
The Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides information on municipalities throughout the state.
- Additional Tax Information...
Motor Vehicle Information
- Pennsylvania Driver & Vehicle Services
City of Pittsburgh Parking Authority
If you live in a Pittsburgh neighborhood with restricted parking, here is where you get a Residential Parking Permit. You can also buy a "Park Card" to use in Pittsburgh parking meters or pay a parking ticket online.
In Pennsylvania you cannot buy beer, wine, or liquor in any old supermarket. For wine and hard liquor you must go to a "Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits" store. The state is relaxing restrictions on beer somewhat by allowing certain supermarkets to have a 6-pack store inside. But in general you must buy beer by the 24-bottle case from a beer distributor.
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Or you can buy them online at http://www.finewineandgoodspirits.com/ and then pick them up at your local Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits store.
Pop City: The latest guide to buying wine and spirits in Pittsburgh
An August 24, 2011 article by Peter Machamer that is especially good for new residents coming from more liberal states because it tells you what you need to know about buying beer (you have to go to a distributor or a bar) and spirits in Pennsylvania.
- Additional information on Beer and Wine...
This is the web site of the Pittsburgh Regional Indicators Project, an attempt by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to provide fact-based information, relative to comparable regions, that will paint the most accurate portrait of Pittsburgh possible.
- Additional Data & Statistics on Pittsburgh...
There are a lot of tools these days for finding out and keeping abreast of what is going on in the Pittsburgh area. These are just a few of your options.
Check out the Local News section in our daily newspaper. You can also subscribe to a daily Headlines by Email service or check their Events Calendar for things to do.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
A Greater Pittsburgh daily newspaper; includes links to regional newspapers.
Pittsburgh City Paper
A free local alternative entertainment newsweekly
You'll want to pick up a print issue of this monthly magazine (or subscribe to WQED) since only only a few of its articles are online. Fortunately their annual City Guide is available online.
- Additional Pittsburgh News Sources...
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website will give you the latest information on what cultural events are happening downtown.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Events Calendar
See what's happening today and in the future at this comprehensive community calendar.
Features links to news stories about Pittsburgh.
Walls Are Bad
Outdoor recreational activities and organizations in the Pittsburgh region.
- Addtional Pittsburgh Events Calendars...