The elevation of a town or city tells us how high or low it is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth. Elevation is an important geographical term that can be important for a variety of uses, and the elevation of an area can influence its weather conditions too, with higher elevations resulting in lower average temperatures. The elevation of Pittsburgh is quite unique in that it varies quite significantly around the city, with a difference of 660 feet (200 m) between the highest and lowest points.
The highest elevation point in Pittsburgh is found at the top of an unnamed hill in the Perry North neighborhood, at a height of 1,370 feet (420 m), while the lowest point is part of the Ohio River that is situated at an elevation of 710 feet (220 m). This means that Pittsburgh's general elevation is much lower than the national average of 2,500 feet (760 m), but isn't too far away from the mean elevation of Pennsylvania, which is 1,100 feet (340 m).
The highest point in all of Pennsylvania is Mount Davis, which is located in the Forbes State Forest in Somerset County at an elevation of 3,213 feet (979 m). The lowest point in the state is located at the Delaware River at the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, which has an elevation equivalent to sea level. Other big cities in the state include Philadelphia, which has an elevation of 39 feet (12 m), Allentown, which is located at an elevation of 338 feet (103 m), the state capital of Harrisburg, which is situated at an elevation of 320 feet (98 m), and Erie, which is located at an elevation of 728 feet (222 m).
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