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Often considered the "Gateway to the Ozarks", Pittsburg, KS, offers its residents a landscape of rolling prairie with vibrant trees that change color with each season. With a population of approximately 20,000, Pittsburg is the largest city in southeast Kansas and a wonderful place to raise your family with all the activities, services, and resources of a larger city, but with the comforts and security of a smaller community. This community is proud of its thriving businesses, strong workforce opportunities, and exceptional educational systems. Pittsburg, KS, is a model community-one that will cause you to take notice.

You'll Find it Here

With the amenities of city living matched with the qualities of a smaller community, you'll find what you are looking for in Pittsburg. There are many options to choose from when choosing a home in southeast Kansas as Pittsburg's geographic diversity allows for residents to live outside of the city and still have short, easy commutes to work, play, or shop. Pittsburg offers a comfortable hometown atmosphere with quaint tree-lined streets, pleasant parks, and neighborhood schools within a bike ride or walking distance.

The residents enjoy a mild climate in Pittsburg, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 40 degrees in the winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the late spring and summer seasons, and an average of 46 inches of precipitation each year.

Committed to Excellence in Education

Recently, the state of Kansas was ranked as one of the Top 10 states for quality education, and ranked among the Top 5 for quality higher education. The large percentage of population with college degrees in Kansas also positions the state among the Top 10 states in this category.

Pittsburg Community Schools, USD 250, are committed to excellence, offering innovative educational programs that challenge students to meet, and often exceed state and national requirements. Over 2,500 students are served in four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative high school.

St. Mary's Colgan, the Parish schools of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, offers primary and secondary education to students in the Pittsburg area. St. Mary's Colgan instills values that will illuminate and enrich each person's faith and knowledge of God, life, and culture.

Home of the Gorillas! At Pittsburg State University, students enjoy small class sizes, challenging courses, caring faculty, and modern facilities. Students can choose from over one hundred academic programs distributed among the colleges of arts and sciences, business, education, and technology. Within six months of graduation, approximately 80% of Pittsburg State University graduates are either gainfully employed or enrolled in advanced studies. The citizens of Pittsburg take pride in supporting Pittsburg State University and its mission of encouraging all individuals to achieve their potential.

The Perfect Way to Unwind

Hometown diners to traditional favorites, you'll find a variety of food options in Pittsburg. The college atmosphere keeps new restaurants thriving all year long.

In the last three years, Pittsburg's retail district has welcomed Starbucks, Chili's, Hastings, Wal-Mart Supercenter, and many more. Pittsburg's historic downtown recently received matching façade grants that have complemented the substantial private investment made by many downtown business and property owners which makes this a premier shopping district.


Fine Arts
Pittsburg residents enjoy fine art galleries, community theatre performances as well as symphony and band performances presented by university and community members. Pittsburg State University serves as a Mecca of cultural attractions, regularly treating residents to nationally-renowned artists, poets, and sculptors.

Outdoors & Sports
The great outdoors are abound in area-mined land, wildlife areas, and state parks. Pittsburg's mild, four-season climate makes outdoor activities including swimming, golfing, fitness, hunting, fishing, and camping, a favorite pastime of many southeast Kansas residents. Crawford State Park, located in nearby Farlington, KS, is home to the county's state fishing lake, which at 150 acres, offers boating, fishing, and water sport activities. The park also offers many amenities including camping spaces, housing, and a marina.

Crestwood Country Club, open to members and their guests, offers a championship-level golf course, an exceptional pro shop, and dining and swimming for the entire family. The Crestwood County Club experience can be included in the list of assets that make the Pittsburg area an excellent place to live.

Main Street Charm, Industrial Strength

The City of Pittsburg maintains an excellent industrial business climate through an aggressive economic program. Pittsburg, founded around coal mining and manufacturing, has grown into a highly-diversified industrial base and strives to promote advances in all aspects of technology. Pittsburg State University, in conjunction with the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and the City of Pittsburg, recently formed the Alliance for Technology Commercialization, working with technologically-advanced entrepreneurs starting area businesses.

Pittsburg's Major Employers

Via Christi Hospitals in Pittsburg
Pittsburg State University
Miller's Professional Imaging
NPC International
Pitt Plastics

Sugar Creek Packing
City of Pittsburg

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