About Pittsburgh

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Welcome to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – UPMC's Hometown

Pittsburgh is an American city located in the state of Pennsylvania. Geographically, it is nestled among rolling hills and rivers. With roots in the steel industry, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself into a hub of innovation, earning a reputation as one of the United States’ “most livable” cities.

Pittsburgh is a leader in medicine and health care, robotics and artificial intelligence, software engineering, education, and finance. Many of its residents in academics, engineering, and medicine are new to the United States. Diversity of national origin, culture, and employment are key to Pittsburgh’s friendly character.

UPMC takes great pride in giving back to its community. Annually, we contribute more than a billion dollars in benefits to the surrounding region.

Many international companies, such as Uber and Google, recognize Pittsburgh’s potential and have opened offices in the city. Various successful tech companies, including language learning mobile app Duolingo, got their start in Pittsburgh.

The city also has a thriving cultural and restaurant scene, professional sports teams, and an abundance of natural beauty. Whether visitors consider themselves to be history buffs, tech gurus, sports fans, foodies, artists, or outdoor lovers, Pittsburgh has something for everyone. To learn more, visit

Pittsburgh at a Glance

  • Location: Eastern United States; southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Population: City, 312,000; metro area, 2.4 million
  • Area: City, 58 square miles; metro area, 5,343 square miles
  • Climate: Continental weather with cold, snowy winters (Jan., Feb., March); mild and wet spring-time (April, May); warm hot summers (June, July, Aug.); cool and breezy fall temperatures with some light snow (Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.)
  • Economic Base: Health care, higher education, technology, and finance

Traveling to Pittsburgh

Getting to UPMC facilities, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., is convenient since we’re accessible by one of the top airports in the world, a vast interstate highway system, and bus, and passenger rail service.

  • Airways – Pittsburgh International Airport is served by several commercial air carriers offering non-stop flights daily from numerous destinations. JD Power and Associates and Conde Nast Traveler magazine have named it among the top airports in surveys.
  • Driving Directions – UPMC facilities are accessible by highway from the surrounding region with ample parking for patients and families.
  • Bus Transportation – Pittsburgh is served by Greyhound Bus, the nation’s largest provider of intercity bus transportation. The bus terminal is located in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Train Service – Amtrak passenger rail service is the only high-speed rail operator in the United States, with a mission to deliver a high quality, safe, on-time rail passenger service.

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