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Newlywed? Head to Pittsburgh, Study Says

For those who just wed and are looking at completing the next few milestones on their American dream checklist, Pittsburgh is the place to go and start their new life together, especially if they want to buy a home.

According to Destify, a destination wedding website, Pittsburgh is the best city in the U.S. for newlyweds, based on the percentage of those in the average newlywed age bracket (which the site identified as 25-34), median household income, median home cost, affordability and the restaurant and dining scene. The site included 311 cities in the study.

In Pittsburgh, those in the average newlywed age bracket represent 21% of the population in the city, and the Steel City offers plenty to do. With 291 restaurants per 100,000 people, Pittsburgh offers more options than most other cities on the list, and diverse ones at that. Additionally, Pittsburgh offers a variety of professional sports teams, cultural events and family-friendly activities.

The median household income is $44,092, while the median home cost is $149,500. Pittsburgh is consistently being applauded for being one of the most affordable cities in the country, and this study found the same, awarding Pittsburgh a 90 on the affordability score. In 2019, LendingTree named Pittsburgh one of the best cities for first-time homebuyers, thanks in part to the low cost of living, especially compared to other cities of its size.

Other cities that topped the list included St. Louis, Orlando, Atlanta and Columbia. All of the “worst” cities for newlyweds are found in California, the site said.

3 Responses
  • February 17, 2020 at 10:08 pm Melanie McCluskey says

    Thanks for sharing. I love the spin you put on these statistics to show how Pittsburgh is newlywed-friendly. I recently read that the median home cost in Pittsburgh just passed the $200,000 mark at the beginning of 2020. Where is your statistic of $149,500 median home cost from? I am surprised at the large difference in the figures.

    • February 18, 2020 at 8:10 am Kelly Leighton says

      Hi Melanie,
      That statistic came from Destify, but it looks like their median home cost resource came from Zillow. I have reached out to them to confirm, and will let you know.

    • February 19, 2020 at 8:29 am Kelly Leighton says

      They confirmed they used Zillow for their study.


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