According to the Pacific Standard
, Pittsburgh’s relative cheapness is drawing a crowd of young, creative people who haven’t settled on a career yet because New York poor is Pittsburgh rich. Young people can afford to slack off for a few years in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Quarterly
reported that the region’s population of 20- to 34-year-olds grew by 7 percent over the past five years and is expected to grow an additional 8 percent by 2020.
"It is cheap to live here. It's the only city I know of where you can have a part-time job at a coffee shop, still afford a mortgage payment and be able to go out once a week. ... How would that not be appealing to any young person who isn't ready to settle down?” Elliott Sussman, a ukulele instructor, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette