The Pros and Cons of Living in Pittsburgh

I’m currently reading This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick. It’s about loving the place you live, and it got me thinking about living in Pittsburgh. I’ve been living in the ‘Burgh since I was two-years-old, so I’ve been here over 25 years.

I’m pretty sure I could write a book on what it’s like to live in Pittsburgh, but I’ll try and keep this post to a simple pro and con list. Spoiler alert: I love it 😊 

Cons of Living in Pittsburgh

  • Traffic. We have a few tunnels in and around Pittsburgh, and there always seems to be traffic around them. Jimmy (my husband)  and I have been known to plan outings around the heavy traffic times in the city. It’s simply a part of life, especially if you’re trying to get from one end of Pittsburgh to another.
  • Winter. The winters can be quite cold and snowy. In February 2010, we were hit with over 21 inches of snow. It was kind of awesome, though, because I didn’t have school for about a week 😉 


  • Cloudy Days. Pittsburgh has an average of 203 cloudy days per year. It definitely makes me appreciate the sun when I see it!

Pros of Living in Pittsburgh

  • Livability. Pittsburgh constantly places high on the nation’s list of most livable cities due to its low crime rate, low cost of living, cultural opportunities, outdoor activities, and low risk of natural disasters.
  • Dialect. Have you ever heard of Pittsburghese? Pittsburghers like to use words like yinz, nebby, and slippy, along with phrases such as “Kennywood’s open” and “Apost tu.” It’s pretty cool!
  • Bridges. Pittsburgh has a whopping 446 bridges. Some of the well-known ones are the Fort Pitt Bridge, Smithfield Street Bridge, and Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Roberto Clemente bridge is one of my favorites during Pirates’ and Steelers’ games, because the bridge is closed off to vehicles and pedestrians get to take over and walk across it.
One of my favorite bridges, the Smithfield Street Bridge.

One of my favorite bridges, the Smithfield Street Bridge.

  • Sports. Between the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, Pittsburgh is a huge sports city. Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the PPG Paints Arena are all awesome venues and the teams themselves are even better. The atmosphere during baseball, football, and hockey games in Pittsburgh is unparalleled.
  • Seasons. Pittsburgh experiences all four seasons and fall is especially gorgeous.


The cons of living in Pittsburgh aren’t that uncommon for a lot of cities in the United States. The pros, though? They make living in Pittsburgh absolutely amazing. I’m proud to call this city my home!

What are the pros and cons of where you live?


My life in 30 days, day 30

My life in 30 days, day 30 = A picture of someone you miss

I miss my cousins Bre and Molly soooo much!

Bre is on the left, she is only 15 years old ahh so tall! Molly is on the right and I believe she is 9… what are these kids eating that they are so tall and where can I get it?!

Bre and Molly live in New York. Their family comes down to PA every once in a while but it doesn’t feel like enough. When my cousins are in the house with us for a week straight we have so much fun; its like having two extra sisters! Love it, love them, miss em like crazy!

Now that my life in 30 days is over I feel so weird! Like what the heck will I blog about now? Just kidding. I always have stuff to talk about 😉

Guess what! The Steelers won yesterday against the Ravens:

My boyfriend is a Steelers fan, BUUUT I’m a Cowboys fan 😉

What can I say, I like Texas! I also like certain people who live in Texas !

Last night, after the game of course, Jimmy took me to Market District (Biiiig grocery store) to get some PB! YAAAAY!

I have seriously went through 4 jars of this in like less than two months. . . YUM 🙂

Today = Church 9:30-11:30

Ice Skating 1:00-3:00

Taking Lola for a walk some time?!

Maybe going to one of my favorite stores ever…. Barnes and Noble!

Church 7:00-8:00

Eat n’ Park 8:30-9:30

This day sounds pretty good !


Also, did ya notice a new page on my blog?! 50 books in 2011! Thanks to Ayla I will be attempting to read 50 books this year. You should give it a try 😉

That’s all for today. I’m cooking sausage right now and it is about to burn.. bye!!!!