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 for 2018:
- Squirrel Hill North (Homes)
- Point Breeze (Homes)
- Greenfield (Homes)
- Squirrel Hill South (Homes)
- Southside Flats (Homes)
- Morningside (Homes)
- Banksville (Homes)
- Highland Park (Homes)
- Central Business District (Homes)
- Upper Hill (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Pittsburgh that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Pittsburgh for 2018?
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, Squirrel Hill North.
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.
1. Squirrel Hill North
Median Income: $100,402
Median Home Value: $378,340
Squirrel Hill is a residential neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The city officially divides it into two neighborhoods, Squirrel Hill North and Squirrel Hill South, but it is almost universally treated as a single neighborhood.
More on Squirrel Hill North: Real Estate | Data
2. Point Breeze
Median Income: $96,337
Median Home Value: $259,671
Point Breeze, or South Point Breeze, is a largely residential neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The community was named after a tavern once located there.
More on Point Breeze: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $60,480
Median Home Value: $128,878
4. Squirrel Hill South
Median Income: $68,915
Median Home Value: $233,986
Squirrel Hill South has nine land borders with the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill North to the north and northwest, Point Breeze to the northeast, Regent Square to the east, Swisshelm Park to the southeast, Glen Hazel and Hazelwood to the south-southwest, Greenfield to the southwest, and South Oakland and Central Oakland to the west. Across the Monongahela River to the south-southeast, Squirrel Hill South runs adjacent with Homestead.
More on Squirrel Hill South: Real Estate | Data
5. Southside Flats
Median Income: $54,425
Median Home Value: $169,367
The South Side Flats is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s South Side area. It is located just south of the Monongahela River. The neighborhood has one of the City of Pittsburghs largest concentrations of 19th-century homes, which has prompted outsiders to call the neighborhood the Citys Georgetown. It includes many bars and restaurants as well as residences. The main throughway in the South Side Flats is East Carson Street. The street is home to a significant portion of Pittsburgh’s nightlife.
More on Southside Flats: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $50,300
Median Home Value: $114,225
Morningside is a neighborhood on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s East End. It has two zip codes, 15201 and 15206, and has a representation on Pittsburgh City Council by Deb Gross for District 7.
More on Morningside: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $59,644
Median Home Value: $141,150
Banksville is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood of Banksville is located in the western part of the city and borders the South Hills region. Real estate agencies frequently refer to the Banksville area as Greentree City due to Banksville’s shared border with the borough of Green Tree. It has two zip codes of both 15220 and 15216, and has representation in Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 2. Theresa Kail-Smith is the current Councilperson for district two. Banksville’s primary corridor, Banksville Road, is frequently used as a gateway between the South Hills of Pittsburgh and downtown Pittsburgh via the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Banksville, formerly Union Township, joined the City of Pittsburgh around 1928.
More on Banksville: Real Estate | Data
8. Highland Park
Median Income: $51,463
Median Home Value: $167,500
Highland Park is both a large municipal park and a racially diverse, mostly residential neighborhood in the northeastern part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Highland Park, the neighborhood, fully encompasses the park.
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9. Central Business District
Median Income: $92,096
Median Home Value: $226,783
Downtown Pittsburgh, colloquially referred to as the Golden Triangle, and officially the Central Business District, is the urban downtown center of Pittsburgh. It is located at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River whose joining forms the Ohio River. The ‘triangle’ is bounded by the two rivers. The area features offices for major corporations such as PNC Bank, U.S. Steel, PPG, Bank of New York Mellon, Heinz, Federated Investors and Alcoa. It is where the fortunes of such industrial barons as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, Henry J. Heinz, Andrew Mellon and George Westinghouse were made. It contains the site where the French fort, Fort Duquesne, once stood.
More on Central Business District: Real Estate | Data
10. Upper Hill
Median Income: $30,228
Median Home Value: $128,133
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:
- Terrace Village
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh
|1||Squirrel Hill North||11,765|
|4||Squirrel Hill South||15,298|
|9||Central Business District||3,117|
|27||Point Breeze North||1,801|
|61||Spring Hill-City View||2,447|