The 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania comprise 7,200 square miles.


The region has a population of 2.6 million, which is recognized as one of the most well-educated workforces in America.


Pittsburgh boasts a gross regional product of $119 billion.

“Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create new jobs and industries while transitioning to a 21st century economy. As a city that has transformed itself from the city of steel to a center for high-tech innovation... Pittsburgh will provide both a beautiful backdrop and a powerful example for our work.”

President Barack Obama, Pittsburgh (G-20) Summit

June 2014 Regional Indicators

  • Unemployment rate: 5.5% (compared to the national rate of 6.3%)
  • Average wage: $47,753
  • Cost of living index: 87% of national average
  • Median home price: $128,500 (national median home price is $209,700)
  • Average domestic airfare: $407 (national average is $395)

Recent rankings for the region include:

  • Most Livable U.S. City, The Economist
  • A Top America’s City of the Future, fDi
  • Economically Strongest U.S. Metros, The Brookings Institution
  • Best Commercial Real Estate Market, Moody’s
  • Best Cities for Recent Graduates, Huffington Post
  • Least-Costly Place to Do Business, KPMG
  • Top Ten American Comeback Cities, Forbes
  • A Top Ten Metro Area for Brain Gain, Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. Cities with the Fastest Growing Job Markets, The Atlantic Cities
  • No. 1 Best City to Relocate to in the U.S., Sterling’s Best Places
  • Best of the World, National Geographic Traveler
  • A Top International Destination for 2013,
  • Top Ten Happiest Cities to Work,
  • Top 15 Cities for Tech Startup Investments, Mashable
  • Top 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business, Kiplinger



The Pittsburgh Region has a Strong Foundation in Five Strategic Sectors


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The PRA markets the benefits of conducting business in southwestern Pennsylvania to companies all over the world that are growing, relocating or expanding. The PRA also works to support the growth of existing regional employers.