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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.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Squirrel Hill North looks to be the best Pittsburgh neighborhood to live in.
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.
Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenfield is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It is represented on Pittsburgh City Council by Corey O'Connor.
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.
How We Determined The Best Pittsburgh, PA Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 83 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, Pennsylvania has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh aren't all good. Larimer takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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