These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Pittsburgh, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Pittsburgh neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh:

  1. Point Breeze
  2. Squirrel Hill North
  3. Shadyside
  4. Squirrel Hill South
  5. Highland Park
  6. Central Business District
  7. Greenfield
  8. Southside Flats
  9. Banksville
  10. Morningside

Read on to see how we determined the places around Pittsburgh that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 68 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Pittsburgh.” We’re lookin’ at you, Point Breeze.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Pittsburgh has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Point Breeze

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,396
Median Home Price: $282,183
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,604
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

2. Squirrel Hill North

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,979
Median Home Price: $421,444
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,604
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

3. Shadyside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,067
Median Home Price: $302,571
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,604
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

4. Squirrel Hill South

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,679
Median Home Price: $265,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,023
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

5. Highland Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,087
Median Home Price: $188,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,099
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Central Business District

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,393
Median Home Price: $258,875
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,907
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

7. Greenfield

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,327
Median Home Price: $116,722
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,141
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

8. Southside Flats

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,454
Median Home Price: $136,583
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,678
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

9. Banksville

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,278
Median Home Price: $123,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,974
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

10. Morningside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,077
Median Home Price: $115,975
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,658
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Pittsburgh

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Pittsburgh:

  1. Larimer
  2. Bedford Dwellings
  3. Arlington

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Point Breeze 1 5,396 $282,183 1,604 2.0%
Squirrel Hill North 2 11,979 $421,444 1,604 3.9%
Shadyside 3 14,067 $302,571 1,604 4.2%
Squirrel Hill South 4 14,679 $265,600 2,023 2.5%
Highland Park 5 6,087 $188,300 3,099 4.1%
Central Business District 6 3,393 $258,875 1,907 3.8%
Greenfield 7 7,327 $116,722 4,141 4.4%
Southside Flats 8 5,454 $136,583 3,678 3.2%
Banksville 9 4,278 $123,300 3,974 2.7%
Morningside 10 3,077 $115,975 4,658 3.4%
Southside Slopes 11 4,675 $116,550 4,207 2.5%
Bloomfield 12 9,023 $115,780 4,661 3.9%
North Oakland 13 9,719 $192,780 3,298 4.2%
Duquesne Heights 14 2,452 $108,900 3,612 3.6%
Friendship 15 1,602 $170,500 4,107 7.2%
Mount Washington 16 9,192 $103,111 4,375 6.3%
Westwood 17 3,015 $120,500 4,371 4.6%
Central Northside 18 2,857 $110,300 3,878 11.1%
Stanton Heights 19 4,702 $104,125 4,808 5.8%
Brighton Heights 20 7,952 $87,329 4,973 5.6%
Brookline 21 12,936 $83,453 4,997 5.5%
Swisshelm Park 22 1,158 $117,500 4,447 6.9%
Oakwood 23 1,036 $100,600 4,728 3.0%
Point Breeze North 24 1,985 $120,825 4,700 6.3%
Lincoln Place 25 3,272 $71,220 5,311 3.0%
Oakland 26 7,913 $106,000 5,684 5.0%
Central Lawrenceville 27 4,228 $82,320 5,331 4.0%
Overbrook 28 3,840 $77,860 5,154 5.4%
Summer Hill 29 1,067 $96,600 4,538 5.9%
Perry North 30 4,080 $97,360 4,975 7.3%
Polish Hill 31 1,520 $87,633 5,286 4.4%
Manchester 32 1,985 $93,800 5,204 10.0%
East Allegheny 33 2,203 $91,750 5,349 7.0%
Troy Hill 34 1,814 $59,200 5,066 3.8%
East Liberty 35 5,763 $76,457 5,813 6.7%
Beechview 36 7,783 $75,420 5,335 6.8%
Middle Hill 37 1,782 $77,600 5,583 4.7%
Wind Gap 38 1,465 $76,900 5,376 5.4%
Carrick 39 9,729 $68,160 5,507 6.8%
Crafton Heights 40 3,545 $81,925 5,332 7.3%
Lower Lawrenceville 41 2,035 $72,300 5,706 5.1%
Knoxville 42 4,292 $47,550 6,286 6.5%
Bluff 43 4,794 $32,600 6,411 3.9%
Upper Lawrenceville 44 2,330 $57,133 5,875 6.6%
Allentown 45 2,608 $56,075 5,758 7.7%
Mount Oliver 46 3,327 $51,325 6,105 7.1%
Marshall-Shadeland 47 5,483 $51,950 6,153 3.7%
Crawford Roberts 48 2,269 $91,700 6,050 8.7%
Upper Hill 49 1,836 $60,100 5,504 8.4%
West Oakland 50 2,090 $63,600 6,412 8.9%
Elliott 51 2,397 $77,300 5,614 10.0%
Garfield 52 3,961 $66,700 6,167 11.7%
California-Kirkbride 53 1,037 $76,000 6,386 4.7%
Hazelwood 54 3,903 $60,700 5,835 7.0%
Sheraden 55 5,258 $57,871 5,968 12.3%
Spring Hill-City View 56 2,446 $64,700 6,097 5.6%
Northview Heights 57 1,540 $0 0 23.0%
Perry South 58 3,946 $61,650 6,065 7.4%
Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 59 4,867 $63,080 5,966 10.6%
Homewood North 60 3,263 $34,840 6,417 10.7%
Homewood South 61 2,250 $48,550 6,386 9.1%
Terrace Village 62 2,864 $41,266 6,417 7.7%
Beltzhoover 63 2,126 $37,525 6,221 10.7%
Fine View 64 1,249 $56,150 6,087 15.0%
East Hills 65 2,820 $49,033 6,294 14.1%
Arlington 66 1,678 $43,767 6,417 7.7%
Bedford Dwellings 67 1,021 $24,600 6,417 15.1%
Larimer 68 1,742 $29,525 6,417 13.4%

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