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Lists. People either live by them or shun them all together.

I've been driving my family crazy with sticky notes full of lists of things not to forget and things to get done for as long as I can remember. They tease that I need a list to keep track of all of my lists.

Some lists let us know where we stand.

As Kristina Serafini alluded to in a recent column, Pittsburgh has been placed tops among other cities in a plethora of lists in recent years, with a nod to visitpittsburgh.com :

• This year, The Atlantic placed Pittsburgh near the top of the list of the 10 best places to pursue the American dream.

• Esquire Magazine tapped Pittsburgh as a place to visit for the best bars in America.

• US News & World Report ranked Pittsburgh as the 14th best affordable destination in the States.

Nerdwallet.com , a consumer advocacy website, ranked Pittsburgh as the 10th best city in the nation for its recreational opportunities.

• Roadtrippers, which helps travelers to map out routes and find places to visit as part of travel itineraries, placed PNC Park as one of the five iconic ballparks in America, and Tripadvisor.com called PNC Park the “best ballpark in the U.S.”

• Pittsburgh ranked fourth best on Cardhub.com's Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Wellness. The city ranks in the top three nationally in terms of average income adjusted for cost of living, as well as housing affordability and rate of job growth.

• When Amazon.com announced its third annual list of “most well-read” American cities last year, Pittsburgh came in 10th.

• Pittsburgh has been ranked the fastest growing American city, according to U-Haul's 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report.

Jetsetter.com travel site picked Pittsburgh as one of the best worldwide destinations in 2013.

And here's my favorite:

Forbes.com ranked Pittsburgh as one of the 10 unexpectedly romantic cities in the world.

Here's the point. Even if you're not one of those people who keeps lists lying around, maybe this is one you should tack up on the fridge or bulletin board for the next time you want to leave town and seek greener pastures.

As we speak, I'm making a list of all the things I've yet to do in the Pittsburgh area, and all the reasons I'll probably never leave.

Mya Koch is news editor for the Sewickley Herald. She can be reached at 412-324-1403 or mkoch@tribweb.com.

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