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Pittsburgh's No. 1! (or 2 or 3 or ...)

An ongoing file of the best (and worst) city lists Pittsburgh gets ranked on in 2022

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It's neverending. Year after year, month after month, Pittsburgh is named the best (or worst) city on a national list. Sometimes they're legit, but more times than not, the rankings are sponsored by a questionable marketing campaign.

Sure, we love a slice from Iron Born as much as the next person, but was anyone else surprised that the city was crowned second place on rent.com's "Best Cities for Pizza" list in December 2021? And do you think tourism grew when hotwire.com named Pittsburgh the eighth "Best Mid-sized City for a Quickie Getaway" in October 2021?

We're curious what else the city is gaining notoriety for around the globe, so we're going to do our best to document every Best or Worst ranking for Pittsburgh that we spot online or that comes across our inboxes in 2022 below.
We're No. 4!
Pittsburgh ranks fourth on "Affordable U.S. cities with the most home inventory," according to a study by Stessa, a site tracking real estate investments.
Source: Email, Aug. 12


We're No. 46!

Pittsburgh ranks 46th in "2022's Best Cities for Thrifting," according to a report from Lawn Love, a site claiming to "make lawn care easy."
Source: Email, Aug. 11

We're No. 48!
Pittsburgh ranks 48th for "Cities With the Largest Gender Homeownership Gap," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, Aug. 10

We're No. 234!
Pittsburgh ranks 234th in "American Cities Where Home Prices Are Still Below Their Pre-Great Recession Peak [2022 Edition]," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.ins
Source: Email, Aug. 9

We're No. 1!
Pittsburgh ranks first on "A ranking of U.S. Metros on House (In)Adequacy," according to a study by Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times, Aug. 4

We're No. 177!

Pittsburgh ranks 177th in "2022's Most Expensive Metro Areas to Rent," according to a report from Lawn Love, a site claiming to "make lawn care easy."
Source: Email, Aug. 1


We're No. 9!

Pittsburgh ranks ninth in "Best Places to Live in the US in 2022," according to a report from Livability, a site exploring "what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live."
Source: Neighborhood Facebook group, July 21

We're No. 12!

Pittsburgh ranks 12th in "Top 15 Cities With the Most Baseball Victories," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, July 15

We're No. 3!

Pittsburgh ranks third for "Best Cities for Ice Cream," according to a report from Apartment Guide, an online site aggregating real estate listings.
Source: Email, July 14

We're No. 27!
Pittsburgh ranks 27th in "2022’s Best Cities for Hipsters," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, July 13

We're No. 277!

Pittsburgh ranks 277th in "U.S. Cities With the Least Home Inventory," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, July 12

We're No. 24!

Pittsburgh ranks 24th in "2022's Geekiest Cities," according to a report from Lawn Love, a site claiming to "make lawn care easy."
Source: Email, July 11

We're No. 64!
Pittsburgh ranks 64th in "Cities with the Most Female Business Owners," according to a study by backgroundchecks.org, a site providing various links to public record searches.
Source: Email, July 11

We're No. 32!

Pittsburgh ranks 32nd on "Cities Where People are Buying Investment Properties," according to a study by Stessa, a site tracking real estate investments.
Source: Email, July 8

We're No. 31!

Pittsburgh ranks 31st in "The Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Architects in 2022," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.ins
Source: Email, July 6


We're No. 5!
Pittsburgh ranks fifth in "Cities With the Oldest Baseball Franchises," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, June 30

We're No. 114!
Pittsburgh ranks 114th in "2022’s Best BBQ Cities in America," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, June 29

We're No. 46!
Pittsburgh ranks 46th in "U.S. Cities Building the Most Homes," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, June 28

We're No. 32!
Pittsburgh ranks 32nd for "U.S. Cities Most Dependent on Small Businesses," according to a report from Smartest Dollar, "a team of financial nerds and consumer advocates."
Source: Email, June 24

We're No. 23!
Pittsburgh ranks 23rd in "2022’s Best Dog Park Cities," according to a study by lawn care services company LawnStarter on "walkability, pup-friendly trail access, dog walking services, and safety."
Source: Email, June 21

We're No. 264!

Pittsburgh ranks 264th in "The Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets of 2021," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, June 22

We're No. 41!

Pittsburgh ranks 41st for "Cities With the Highest Gen Z Homeownership Rates," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, June 21

We're No. 9!
Pittsburgh ranks ninth for "The Best Cities for Fishing," according to a report from Apartment Guide, an online site aggregating real estate listings.
Source: Email, June 20

We're No. 27!

Pittsburgh ranks 27th in "Cities With the Most Workers Who Sit vs. Stand," according to a report by HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, June 16

We're No. 108!
Pittsburgh ranks 108th for "The Best Cities to Move to for Diversity," according to a study from air filter supply company Filterbuy.
Source: Email, June 14

We're No. 18!
Pittsburgh ranks 18th in "2022’s Best Cities for Single Dads," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, June 13

We're No. 12!

Pittsburgh ranks 12th for "American Cities With the Most Innovative Workers in 2022," according to a report from Smartest Dollar, "a team of financial nerds and consumer advocates."
Source: Email, June 13

We're No. 10!

Pittsburgh ranks 10th for "The Best U.S. Cities for DIYers," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, June 9

We're No. 5!
Pittsburgh ranks fifth in "2022's Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cities," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, June 6

We're No. 43!

Pittsburgh ranks 43rd in the midsize cities category for "American Cities With the Biggest Increase in Multi-Family Home Construction," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, June 3

We're No. 98!
Pittsburgh ranks 98th in "Cities With the Most Diverse Millennial Population," according to a report by HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, June 1

We're No. 14!

Pittsburgh ranks 14th in "2022's Best Cities for Runners," according to a report from Lawn Love, a site claiming to "make lawn care easy."
Source: Email, May 31

We're No. 45!
Pittsburgh ranks 45th for "Cities With the Most Employment Growth," according to a study from air filter supply company Filterbuy.
Source: Email, May 27

We're No. 27!
Pittsburgh ranks 27th in "Cities With the Most Veteran-Owned Businesses," according to a report by HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, May 26

We're No. 33!

Pittsburgh ranks 33rd in "Cities With the Longest Active Championship Droughts," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, May 20

We're No. 9!

Pittsburgh ranks ninth in "Best Cities for an Early Retirement," according to a report from SmartAsset, a website that claims to match folks with a "vetted financial advisor."
Source: Email, May 20

We're No. 26!

Pittsburgh ranks 26th in "Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022-2023," according to a report from U.S. News and World Report, as highlighted in a NextPittsburgh article.
Source: NextPittsburgh, May 19

We're No. 7!

Pittsburgh ranks seventh in "The Best Cities for Digital Nomads in 2022," according to a study from House Method, a website that claims to provide "expert guides, home services research, and unbiased reviews."
Source: Email, May 19

We're No. 30!
Pittsburgh ranks 30th in "U.S. Cities With the Most Female Real Estate Agents in 2022," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, May 19

We're No. 27!
Pittsburgh ranks 27th in "Cities Where Incomes Have Struggled to Keep Pace With Inflation," according to a report from LLC.org, a website providing "step-by-step guides for launching an LLC."
Source: Email, May 16

We're No. 32!

Pittsburgh ranks 32nd in "Cities With the Biggest Increase in Mortgage Loans Since COVID-19," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, May 13

We're No. 52!
Pittsburgh ranks 52nd in "Cities With the Largest Immigrant Populations," according to a study by backgroundchecks.org, a site providing various links to public record searches.
Source: Email, May 12

We're No. 30!

Pittsburgh ranks 30th on a list of "Cities Where Rents Have Risen the Most," according to a report by Stessa, a site tracking real estate investments.
Source: Email, May 12

We're No. 10!

Pittsburgh ranks 10th in "Cities With the Most Professional Sports Championships," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, May 9

We're No. 30!

Pittsburgh ranks 30th in "U.S. Cities Where Manufacturing Is Thriving," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, May 6

We're No. 16!
Pittsburgh ranks 16th in "Best Big City Park Systems in U.S.," according to the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index, which is "widely considered the gold standard for park evaluation," according to a press release.
Source: Email, May 5

We're No. 41!
Pittsburgh ranks 41st in "2022's Best Cities for Naked Gardening," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable." Source: Email, May 2

We're No. 23!
Pittsburgh ranks 23rd in "U.S. Cities With the Most Same-Sex Marriages," according to a study by Namechk.com, a website that allows people to check the availability of a username or domain name "within seconds."
Source: Email, May 2

We're No. 88!
Pittsburgh ranks 88th in "Cities With the Most Productive Workers," according to a report by HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, April 29

We're No. 11!
Pittsburgh ranks 11th in "The Best-Paying American Cities for Civil Engineers in 2022," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, April 26

We're No. 42!

Pittsburgh ranks 42nd in "Cities With the Highest Percentage of Luxury Home Sales," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, April 22

We're No. 16!

Pittsburgh ranks 16th in "2022's Best Cities for Gluten-Free Food," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, April 20

We're No. 12!

Pittsburgh ranks 12th in "The Best Book Places in the U.S. (2022 Data)," according to a report from Clever Real Estate, a website claiming it "helps people make smarter real estate decisions and save money."
Source: Email, April 18

We're No. 98!

Pittsburgh ranks 98th in "U.S. Cities With the Most Entrepreneurs," according to a report from Commodity.com, a website for trading "bitcoin, ethereum, & more."
Source: Email, April 13

We're No. 1!

Pittsburgh ranks first in "2022's Best Places to Celebrate Easter," according to a report from WalletHub, the "first-ever website to offer free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis."
Source: Email, April 12

We're No. 13!
Pittsburgh ranks 13th for "Cities With the Highest Unemployment Rates in 2021," according to a report from air filter supply company Filterbuy.
Source: Email, April 12

We're No. 25!

Pittsburgh ranks 25th in "U.S. Cities Where You Get the Most Square Footage for $350K," according to a report from RealtyHop, a website claiming to find the "most undervalued condo, coop, and home deals."
Source: Email, April 11

We're No. 12!

Pittsburgh ranks 12th in "U.S. Cities Where Buyers Get the Best Interest Rates," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, April 8

We're No. 46!
Pittsburgh ranks 46th in "The Most Physically Active Cities in the U.S.," according to a study by Chamber of Commerce, "the go-to digital resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing the guidance they need to start and run successful businesses" and not to be confused with the government agency.
Source: Email, April 6

We're No. 43!

Pittsburgh ranks 43rd on a list of the "Cities Where People are Putting the Most Down on Their Home Purchases," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, April 6

We're No. 49!
Pittsburgh ranks 49th on a list of "American Cities With the Highest Rents," according to a report by Stessa, a site tracking real estate investments.
Source: Email, April 5

We're No. 14!
Pittsburgh ranks 14th on a list of the "Cities With the Most Professional Sports Franchises," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, March 30

We're No. 29!
Pittsburgh ranks 29th in "Where Are Seniors Buying Homes - 2022 Edition," according to a study from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to help builders and homeowners make smarter buying decisions by providing "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, March 29

We're No. 100!

Pittsburgh ranks 100th — last place — for "American Cities With the Most Minority Teachers - 2022 Edition," according to a report from Smartest Dollar, "a team of financial nerds and consumer advocates."
Source: Email, March 29

We're No. 3!

Pittsburgh ranks third for "The Best Cities for Vegetarians in 2022," according to a report from Apartment Guide, an online site aggregating real estate listings.
Source: Email, March 28

We're No. 5!

Pittsburgh ranks fifth for "The Best Pizza Cities in America," according to a report from Anytime Estimate, a site boasting, "All your real estate needs, all in one place."
Source: WTAE, March 23

We're No. 51!

Pittsburgh ranks 51st for "Cities Where Homes Are Selling Most Above Asking," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, March 23

We're No. 24!

Pittsburgh ranks 24th for "Best-Paying Cities for Generation Z," with a medium annual wage for full-time Gen Zers of $28,000, according to a report from Self Financial, a site that "helps hundreds of thousands of people build a strong financial future."
Source: Email, March 22

We're No. 17!

Pittsburgh ranks 17th for "American Cities With the Most Minority Business Owners in 2022," according to a report from Smartest Dollar, "a team of financial nerds and consumer advocates."
Source: Email, March 17

We're No. 4!

Pittsburgh ranks fourth for "U.S. Cities with the Fewest Children," according to a report from AAA State of Play, a playground equipment retail site, which took its findings from the 2020 U.S. Census report.
Source: Pittsburgh Reddit, March 14

We're No. 16!

Pittsburgh ranks 16th for "Cities Where Your Dollars Goes the Furthest," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, March 14

We're No. 30!

Pittsburgh ranks 30th for "Cities With the Most Military Families," according to a report from air filter supply company Filterbuy.
Source: Email, March 14

We're No. 4!

Pittsburgh ranks fourth for "2022's Most Irish Cities in America," according to a study from LawnStarter, a startup making lawn care "easy affordable and reliable."
Source: Email, March 9

We're No. 64!
Pittsburgh ranks 64th on a list of the "The Most Sleep-Deprived Cities in the U.S.," according to a report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, March 9

We're No. 50!
Pittsburgh ranks 50th for "Cities With the Most Night Shift Workers," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, March 2

We're No. 38!

Pittsburgh ranks 38th on "Large Metros Where Women are Buying Homes," according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a website providing home inspection software that "helps simplify your scheduling, billing, report delivery, bookkeeping, and more."
Source: Email, Feb. 28

We're No. 17!
Pittsburgh ranks 17th on "Cities With the Highest Loan Approval Rates," according to a study by Stessa, a site tracking real estate investments.
Source: Email, Feb. 23

We're No. 40!
Pittsburgh ranks 40th for "Cities With the Most People Taking Road Trips," according to a report from Outdoorsy, an RV rental company.
Source: Email, Feb. 22

We're No. 248!
Pittsburgh ranks 248th for "U.S. Cities Where Homes Sold Fastest in 2021," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, Feb. 18

We're No. 13!

Pittsburgh ranks 13th for "Cities With the Most Homebuyers Under 25" according to a report from Inspection Support Network, a home inspection software company that "grows with you."
Source: Email, Feb. 17

We're No. 38!
Pittsburgh ranks 38th for "Cities With the Largest Increase in New Business Applications Since COVID," according to a report from Self Financial, a site that "helps hundreds of thousands of people build a strong financial future."
Source: Email, Feb. 16

We're No. 53!
Pittsburgh ranks 53rd (dead last on the list) for "Cities With the Most Digitally-Connected Seniors," according to another report from HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, Feb. 16

We're No. 10!
Pittsburgh has ranked 10th on a marketer's wet dream — a holiday-themed list! — for "The Best Cities for a Romantic Valentine's Day," according to a report from rent.com, who boasts "a home for every renter." A highlight of the study brags "33 flower shops per 100,000 residents."
Source: Email, Feb. 14

We're No. 10!
Pittsburgh ranks 10th in "The Best-Paying Cities for Painters in the U.S.," according to a report from Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, Feb. 14

We're No. 25!
Pittsburgh ranks 25th in "Cities Where Residents Rely on Cellular Data to Access the Web & Stream," according to a report from (ahem) HotDog.com, "the go-to destination for cord-cutting tutorials, streaming reviews, and industry news."
Source: Email, Feb. 14

We're No. 88!
Pittsburgh ranks 88th in the mid-sized category for "American Cities With the Largest Homes," according to a report by HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, Feb. 10

We're No. 38!
Pittsburgh ranks 38th in "Cities With the Largest Increase in New Business Applications Since COVID," according to a study by Self Financial, a site that "helps hundreds of thousands of people build a strong financial future."
Source: Email, Feb. 8

We're No. 35!
Pittsburgh ranks 35th in "Cities Where the Most Homes Experienced a Price Cut," according to a study by Porch, a "vertical software company focused on making the home simple by providing software and services to companies."
Source: Email, Feb. 8

We're No. 1!
Surprising no one, Pittsburgh ranks first in "Best Football Cities for Fans," according to a study by WalletHub, the "first-ever website to offer free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis."
Source: KDKA, Feb. 7

We're No. 13!
Pittsburgh ranks 13th in "American Cities With the Worst Littering Problem," according to another study from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to help builders and homeowners make smarter buying decisions by providing "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, Feb. 4

We're No. 6!
Pittsburgh ranks sixth for "Cities With the Biggest Improvement in Air Quality During COVID," according to a study by air filter supply company Filterbuy. But I'd be amiss not to point out that Filterbuy inserts an advertorial in the introduction, and that this study is only pertaining to a "short-lived effect of AQI from 2019 to 2020." For another air quality perspective, read Pittsburgh City Paper's July 2021 story, "Pittsburgh's air quality in 2021 on pace to have one of worst years in recent history."
Source: Email, Feb. 2

We're No. 1!
Pittsburgh ranks first in "Cities Where Residents Still Have Landlines," according to a study from HireAHelper, a site that says they've been "helping people move their couches for over 15 years."
Source: Email, Feb. 1

We're No. 31!
Pittsburgh ranks 31st in "Cities With the Most Workers at Risk of Automation," the probability of occupations becoming computerized in the future, according to a study by Commodity.com, a website for trading "bitcoin, ethereum, & more."
Source: Email, Jan. 31

We're No. 5!
Pittsburgh ranks fifth in "American Cities With the Most Outdoor Jobs in 2022," according to a report from Construction Coverage, a website claiming to provide "expert" reviews and analysis. The site's "About Us" section includes a disclosure that some of their recommendations contain links that "generate affiliate revenue" for themselves.
Source: Email, Jan. 28

We're No. 63!
Pittsburgh ranks 63rd in "Cities With the Most Residents Who Have 'Side Hustles'," according to a study by backgroundchecks.org, a site providing various links to public record searches.
Source: Email, Jan. 21

We're No. 4!
Pittsburgh ranks fourth in "U.S. Cities With the Most Stressful Jobs in 2022," according to a study by Smartest Dollar, "a team of financial nerds and consumer advocates."
Source: Email, Jan. 20

We're No. 51!
Pittsburgh ranks 51st (the 3rd lowest in the U.S.) in "Cities Whose Residents Make the Most Passive Income," according to a study by Chamber of Commerce, "the go-to digital resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing the guidance they need to start and run successful businesses" and not to be confused with the government agency.
Source: Email, Jan. 14

We're No. 51!
Pittsburgh ranks 51st (again the 3rd lowest in the U.S.) in "Cities With the Most Adults Still Living With Their Parents," according to a study by Namechk.com, a website that allows people to check the availability of a username or domain name "within seconds."
Source: Email, Jan. 13

We're No. 26!
Pittsburgh ranks 26th in "2022’s Best Cities to Walk Your Dog," according to a study by lawn care services company LawnStarter on "walkability, pup-friendly trail access, dog walking services, and safety."
Source: Email, Jan. 12

We're No. 13!
Pittsburgh ranks 13th in the Large Metro category for "U.S. Cities Where Cost of Living Rose Fastest Over the Past Decade," according to a study by air filter supply company Filterbuy.
Source: Email, Jan. 12

We're No. 9!
"Pittsburgh residents rank ninth in America for being overly concerned about crime," according to a study by Batten, a security company.
Source: Email, Jan. 5

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