University of Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and less than 90 minutes' flying time from 20 states and Canada.

Getting around Pittsburgh as a graduate student is easy—your Pitt ID gets you a free ride on Port Authority buses and the “T” train. And with Oakland being a huge transportation hub for the region, heading home or out to the movies at the Waterfront is barely an effort.

While the bus system goes nearly everywhere, one thing Pittsburgh doesn’t have much of is cabs. With few companies holding a monopoly, you generally have to call a cab. You just don’t see them often enough to hail them in the street (unless you’re on East Carson Street, late at night—then you’ve got a good chance to hitch a ride home!).

One of the other advantages of Pittsburgh’s size is its safety. It’s a mid-size city, and its crime rate is low. Plus, each university, including Pitt, has its own police force. Community-based policing is the rule, and each community takes the safety of its residents very seriously.

Pittsburgh also has a unique way of labeling the interstates around town. Rather than referring to the interstates by their numbers, traffic controllers call them “parkways.” There are three parkways—the Parkway East (I-376), the Parkway West (I-279 south, Rte. 22-30), and the Parkway North (I-279 north). Luckily, traffic isn’t so bad that you spend a lot of time feeling “parked” on the parkways!

Transportation

  • On average, Pittsburghers spend about 25 minutes commuting to work one way. That's 18% less time than Philadelphia and 12% less than Boston.*
  • Pittsburgh International Airport is ranked best in the US by J.D. Power & Associates.*
  • Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and less than 90 minutes' flying time from 20 states and Canada.*

Safety

  • This region has the lowest crime rate of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the U.S.*
  • Century 21 Real Estate designates Pittsburgh the safest city in the U.S. (population greater than 1 million) and Money Magazine ranks property crime here lower than any other city in the Northeast. The latest FBI Uniform Crime reports support those rankings, listing Pittsburgh as one of the five-safest large cities in the U.S.*

*Source: Allegheny Conference