Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in Pennsylvania and the seat of Allegheny County. A part of the 20th-largest metropolitan area, Pittsburgh’s Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had a population just under 2.7 million according to the 2010 census. A city of many nicknames — the “Steel City,” the “City of Bridges,” “City of Champions,” etc. — Pittsburgh is a leading player in America’s aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, transportation, auto and electronics industries.
Named after William Pitt, Pittsburgh was officially incorporated as a township five years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Originally inhabited my members of the Shawnee Native American Tribe, European settlers first stepped foot on modern day Pittsburgh in 1669. Following the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh began to grow rapidly, both economically and demographically.
Pittsburgh is divided into various neighborhoods, including the Golden Triangle, North Side, South Side, East End and West End. The Steel City also boasts a wide variety of ethnicities, including Jewish, Italian, German, Italian and Polish. Demographically, Pittsburgh is 66% white, 26% African-American, 2% Asian and 4% Asian.
Notable employers with their headquarters in Pittsburgh include The Kraft Heinz Company, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PNC Financial Services, WESCO International, PPG Industries and United States Steel. A leader in environmental preservation, Pittsburgh was the site of the world’s first ten green buildings, and is now home to sixty overall.
Pittsburgh boasts a rich culture, home to numerous exhibition centers and concert halls, as well as the Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Benedum Center, the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Quantum Theatre and the Pitt Men’s Glee Club. Popular museums include the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Pittsburgh is also a significant player in the history of American literature. Birthplace to Gertrude Stein and Michael Chabon, Pittsburgh is also home to Rachel Carson, August Wilson, Annie Dillard, Michael Simms and Chris Kuzneski. Perhaps this is because Pittsburgh is often considered to be one of America’s most livable cities.
The Pittsburgh Municipal Courthouse is located at 660 First Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15219. The Allegheny County Courthouse is located at 436 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219