Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Relocate To Pittsburgh

Dallas-Fort Worth is tooting its own horn:, a Web site that provides people who are moving with local information, released its rankings of the most desirable cities to live in, and Dallas-Fort Worth managed a strong second-place showing. Tulsa earned the top spot.

The Web site’s president, Steve Nickerson, said that this year’s crop of cities stood out in their outlook for growth and their ability to rebound quickly from the economic troubles, which were the primary measures this year.

Not surprisingly, the top 10 is weighted heavily with Southern and Southwestern cities — only one was from a Northern state. And except for the Texas showings of Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, the list favored midsize cities.

Pittsburgh; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; Houston; Albuquerque; Lexington, Ky.; Little Rock; and Oklahoma City rounded out the top 10.

Indeed, Pittsburgh is quite the outlier in that group. You can read the Pittsburgh profile here. I get the sense that RelocateAmerica has a substantial stake in the local real estate market.


Schultz said...

According to Forbes Raleigh-Durham is in the top slot for places people are relocating to. That includes my wife and I, who are leaving the burgh for the Durham / Chapel Hill area after 12 years here.

Jim Russell said...

I know a bunch of people who live in the Raleigh-Durham region. They love it. Not my cup of tea, but I do enjoy visiting.

What are your feelings about the move? Excited?

Schultz said...

Yes, we are, but despite my negativity on the local political climate here I will miss the burgh tremendously. We will be leaving behind a lot of friends and some great neighbors here. On the other hand, there is a lot going on down in Raleigh and the Triangle area. It isn't as cosmopolitan as Pittsburgh, or most other cities, but they have been doing things to catch up. Growth is not an issue - the city is just under 400k now but expects to be around 700k within the next decade, with the region growing from about 1.6 million to 2.6 million over the next two decades. Jobwise it seems more diversified than Charlotte, it was ranked as the best place for business and careers but I think people in health care, science, IT, energy will have the best chance of success there. The weather is another positive, and we love the blue ridge mountain area, especially asheville, which will now be only a 3 hour drive.