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An Expat Talks about Living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Pittsburgh

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There is a plethora of service clubs, church associated social groups, political groups, historical groups, etc., which are very active and very open to new members. In addition, the Burg is blessed with some of the world's greatest (biased - of course) sports teams (Stillers, Pirates, Penguins, Univ. of Pittsburgh football and basketball). In addition, there are several major Universities and an outstanding Symphony Orchestra. And, finally, for the has been generation (over 55) there is an absolutely outstanding and extremely active Elder Hostel. If you can't meet people through one of these - -

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

I truly believe this is one of the Burg's real strengths! Yes, the Burg has some racial tensions, but overall the population is very diverse and gets along very well. Religious centers exist for all for the major Christian religions, as well as large Jewish, Hindu and Muslim centers.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Generally, heavy industry is no longer in the Burg. Major business activities include health care, education, hi-tech (software and network technologies), financial, retailing, marketing, service and light manufacturing. Most people find their jobs through personal networking or through the university placement services. However, there are several online job placement services that also seem to work fairly well.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Primary life focuses in the Burg are family, career, pursuit of educational opportunities, the arts, and sports. I would be remiss if I didn't comment on the Burg's reputation as one of the most friendly cities in the country.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Come ahead. The Burg is one of the best kept secrets in the country, its cost of living is moderate and you will really enjoy life here. The only negative I can think of is the low number of sun days every year - but you can't have everything!

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