The 10 Best Pittsburgh, PA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Pittsburgh.
Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh

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 2019:

  1. Squirrel Hill North (Homes)
  2. Point Breeze (Homes)
  3. Shadyside (Homes)
  4. Highland Park (Homes)
  5. Squirrel Hill South (Homes)
  6. Greenfield (Homes)
  7. Westwood (Homes)
  8. Morningside (Homes)
  9. Regent Square (Homes)
  10. Friendship (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh for 2019? 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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How we determined the best Pittsburgh hoods in 2019

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 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.

Squirrel Hill North Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,446
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $401,640 (1st best)
Median Income: $123,405 (1st best)
More on Squirrel Hill North: Homes For Sale | Data

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 Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,555
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $276,757 (6th best)
Median Income: $109,215 (2nd best)
More on Point Breeze: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,593
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $290,693 (5th best)
Median Income: $53,305 (26th best)
More on Shadyside: Homes For Sale | Data

Highland Park Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,854
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $150,738 (14th best)
Median Income: $62,251 (14th best)
More on Highland Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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 Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,572
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $237,164 (8th best)
Median Income: $65,941 (9th best)
More on Squirrel Hill South: Homes For Sale | Data

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 Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,858
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,978 (18th best)
Median Income: $66,111 (8th best)
More on Greenfield: Homes For Sale | Data

Greenfield is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It is represented on Pittsburgh City Council by Corey O’Connor.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,544
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $107,350 (26th best)
Median Income: $59,680 (16th best)
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Morningside Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,940
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $126,925 (22nd best)
Median Income: $53,016 (27th best)
More on Morningside: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 973
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $300,900 (4th best)
Median Income: $67,188 (7th best)
More on Regent Square: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,921
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 31)
Median Home Value: $198,350 (10th best)
Median Income: $37,587 (50th best)
More on Friendship: Homes For Sale | Data

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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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Squirrel Hill North 11,446 $401,640 $123,405
2 Point Breeze 5,555 $276,757 $109,215
3 Shadyside 13,593 $290,693 $53,305
4 Highland Park 6,854 $150,738 $62,251
5 Squirrel Hill South 15,572 $237,164 $65,941
6 Greenfield 7,858 $138,978 $66,111
7 Westwood 3,544 $107,350 $59,680
8 Morningside 2,940 $126,925 $53,016
9 Regent Square 973 $300,900 $67,188
10 Friendship 1,921 $198,350 $37,587
11 Stanton Heights 4,599 $114,300 $53,459
12 Southside Flats 5,548 $213,383 $61,427
13 Banksville 3,818 $144,600 $62,896
14 Swisshelm Park 1,158 $131,800 $65,313
15 Duquesne Heights 2,550 $110,300 $64,534
16 Bloomfield 8,640 $148,610 $43,967
17 Strip District 714 $321,400 $93,125
18 Central Business District 3,229 $121,733 $101,131
19 Central Lawrenceville 4,444 $131,417 $50,605
20 North Oakland 9,383 $158,750 $23,280
21 Summer Hill 1,075 $100,000 $65,000
22 Mount Washington 8,521 $96,970 $49,177
23 Point Breeze North 1,908 $169,275 $56,266
24 Brookline 12,958 $91,167 $53,825
25 Fairywood 1,249 $52,800 $83,804
26 Southside Slopes 4,680 $92,425 $55,340
27 North Shore 177 $100,700 $68,684
28 Oakwood 1,030 $98,200 $31,563
29 Upper Lawrenceville 2,377 $93,567 $42,436
30 Lower Lawrenceville 2,176 $143,950 $51,874
31 Brighton Heights 6,741 $103,600 $51,491
32 Beechview 8,127 $81,310 $47,089
33 Crafton Heights 3,908 $92,525 $42,870
34 Central Northside 2,929 $165,800 $37,312
35 Lincoln Place 3,534 $87,440 $48,067
36 Allegheny West 259 $302,100 $58,958
37 Oakland 8,663 $70,900 $22,641
38 Overbrook 3,473 $75,940 $44,551
39 Upper Hill 1,759 $133,967 $32,996
40 Ridgemont 298 $91,700 $42,216
41 Wind Gap 1,355 $72,450 $57,734
42 Allegheny Center 1,457 $240,650 $46,526
43 East Carnegie 607 $77,500 $55,385
44 Manchester 2,005 $96,750 $39,460
45 East Liberty 5,678 $82,262 $31,021
46 East Allegheny 1,866 $94,550 $25,432
47 Bon Air 944 $80,100 $56,797
48 Polish Hill 1,461 $100,533 $41,222
49 Mount Oliver 3,289 $54,075 $33,437
50 Mt Oliver 562 $49,300 $37,500
51 Spring Garden 812 $62,333 $37,416
52 Herrs Island 245 $65,000 $55,500
53 Perry North 3,738 $70,133 $47,169
54 Carrick 9,904 $71,327 $41,950
55 Garfield 3,859 $64,560 $30,202
56 Knoxville 4,167 $41,350 $40,075
57 Troy Hill 1,482 $58,700 $45,174
58 Allentown 2,342 $60,350 $35,505
59 Chartiers City 404 $69,100 $40,990
60 Sheraden 5,675 $54,614 $35,876
61 Elliott 2,302 $63,775 $45,640
62 Perry South 3,333 $62,967 $33,900
63 Arlington 1,852 $31,225 $34,996
64 Esplen 175 $43,900 $39,904
65 Marshall-Shadeland 4,396 $49,920 $41,920
66 Middle Hill 2,062 $80,067 $21,500
67 Spring Hill-City View 2,537 $69,100 $27,178
68 West Oakland 1,581 $41,733 $16,857
69 Hazelwood 4,241 $56,629 $23,874
70 Crawford Roberts 2,259 $49,750 $18,794
71 Fine View 1,140 $63,750 $34,658
72 Terrace Village 2,359 $26,000 $17,466
73 Homewood North 3,235 $32,780 $22,341
74 Hays 372 $52,700 $21,815
75 Beltzhoover 1,783 $40,325 $33,514
76 Homewood South 2,415 $40,250 $21,070
77 Saint Clair 317 $53,600 $34,861
78 East Hills 2,683 $39,800 $25,650
79 Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 4,443 $45,160 $25,868
80 Homewood West 831 $18,500 $24,700
81 Northview Heights 1,325 $63,900 $12,742
82 California-Kirkbride 707 $55,700 $20,000
83 Larimer 1,447 $44,375 $21,417

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.