These Are The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 94 places around Pittsburgh to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Pittsburgh are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Pittsburgh for 2018:

  1. Seven Fields (Photos | Homes)
  2. Edgewood (Homes)
  3. Sewickley (Photos | Homes)
  4. Beaver (Photos | Homes)
  5. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes)
  6. Jefferson Hills (Photos | Homes)
  7. Aspinwall (Homes)
  8. Churchill (Homes)
  9. Dormont (Photos | Homes)
  10. Economy (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Seven Fields, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Pittsburgh ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pittsburgh for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Pittsburgh was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Pittsburgh.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 94 suburbs to evaluate around Pittsburgh.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 94 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Pittsburgh.” We’re lookin’ at you, Seven Fields.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Seven Fields

Seven Fields, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,865
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $302,900
Median Income: $104,271
More on Seven Fields: Real Estate | Data

Seven Fields is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Pittsburgh area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Seven Fields.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $104,271 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Pittsburgh region. And only 2.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $302,900 each.

2. Edgewood

Edgewood, Pennsylvania

Population: 3,080
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $188,400
Median Income: $73,250
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data

Edgewood is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Pittsburgh for 2018.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 4.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 16th best.

3. Sewickley

Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,852
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $291,100
Median Income: $69,625
More on Sewickley: Real Estate | Data

Here in Sewickley, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Pittsburgh metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Sewickley.

4. Beaver

Beaver, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,441
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $167,900
Median Income: $51,161
More on Beaver: Real Estate | Data

Beaver ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Beaver and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,228
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $312,200
Median Income: $121,661
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Franklin Park.

Franklin Park gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Pittsburgh area, where houses sell for an average of $312,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Population: 11,214
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $193,200
Median Income: $79,615
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data

Jefferson Hills is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.3% which is 14th best in the area.

According to online reports, Jefferson Hills is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Pittsburgh area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Aspinwall

Aspinwall, Pennsylvania

Population: 2,773
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $258,500
Median Income: $66,108
More on Aspinwall: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Aspinwall.

Aspinwall schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 5.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Churchill

Churchill, Pennsylvania

Population: 2,990
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $166,400
Median Income: $88,605
More on Churchill: Real Estate | Data

Churchill is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 1.9% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

9. Dormont

Dormont, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,491
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $121,000
Median Income: $58,875
More on Dormont: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Dormont?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Economy

Economy, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,240
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $166,900
Median Income: $78,578
More on Economy: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Economy.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Pittsburgh ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Pittsburgh, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Pittsburgh Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Seven Fields 2,865 2.0% $302,900 $104,271
2 Edgewood 3,080 4.0% $188,400 $73,250
3 Sewickley 3,852 3.0% $291,100 $69,625
4 Beaver 4,441 3.1% $167,900 $51,161
5 Franklin Park 14,228 4.6% $312,200 $121,661
6 Jefferson Hills 11,214 4.3% $193,200 $79,615
7 Aspinwall 2,773 5.7% $258,500 $66,108
8 Churchill 2,990 6.0% $166,400 $88,605
9 Dormont 8,491 5.1% $121,000 $58,875
10 Economy 9,240 3.6% $166,900 $78,578
11 Oakmont 6,420 3.8% $175,000 $61,523
12 Forest Hills 6,475 4.6% $122,500 $63,563
13 Green Tree 4,749 4.7% $160,900 $72,604
14 Crafton 5,899 3.8% $117,200 $51,236
15 West View 6,704 4.8% $124,200 $57,078
16 Delmont 2,651 4.0% $161,800 $61,989
17 Plum 27,474 4.6% $142,800 $71,204
18 Fox Chapel 5,392 9.4% $548,600 $148,553
19 Manor 3,287 3.8% $169,800 $62,407
20 Pleasant Hills 8,271 8.3% $153,600 $68,453
21 Zelienople 3,736 4.0% $185,000 $50,059
22 Emsworth 2,443 5.1% $123,000 $55,399
23 Castle Shannon 8,288 4.8% $116,100 $50,783
24 Baldwin 19,794 5.1% $120,600 $55,573
25 Whitehall 13,873 4.3% $141,100 $59,853
26 Brentwood 9,550 6.3% $96,300 $51,197
27 White Oak 7,803 3.9% $96,000 $52,935
28 East Washington 2,119 5.8% $191,500 $63,333
29 Ingram 3,294 5.5% $99,000 $48,490
30 New Stanton 2,314 6.2% $175,400 $57,422
31 Trafford 3,130 3.4% $110,000 $47,043
32 Conway 2,151 5.3% $130,000 $51,364
33 Lower Burrell 11,527 5.7% $135,000 $57,686
34 Bridgeville 5,117 6.4% $123,200 $45,849
35 Avalon 4,666 6.5% $94,800 $39,552
36 South Greensburg 2,228 7.0% $102,400 $47,000
37 Bellevue 8,285 5.6% $105,500 $41,073
38 Canonsburg 8,933 6.7% $129,800 $50,399
39 Baden 4,061 5.3% $99,100 $40,365
40 East Mckeesport 2,111 7.4% $71,700 $41,081
41 Munhall 11,305 7.8% $81,500 $48,978
42 Irwin 3,881 10.6% $156,800 $44,375
43 Monaca 5,678 5.6% $100,400 $41,057
44 Jeannette 9,395 4.6% $84,800 $41,395
45 Brackenridge 3,220 7.7% $73,000 $40,753
46 Carnegie 7,944 7.1% $98,700 $45,109
47 West Mifflin 20,153 8.2% $92,900 $50,273
48 Springdale 3,388 7.4% $91,200 $43,800
49 Turtle Creek 5,292 4.7% $63,900 $33,345
50 Etna 3,415 4.9% $82,800 $44,615
51 Greensburg 14,572 6.5% $123,100 $36,256
52 Mcdonald 2,127 5.5% $115,100 $44,067
53 Swissvale 8,893 9.7% $78,200 $40,391
54 Millvale 3,714 4.3% $68,700 $35,496
55 Verona 2,590 8.0% $74,400 $37,857
56 Port Vue 3,754 5.6% $67,300 $44,068
57 West Newton 2,556 9.4% $97,100 $39,415
58 Leechburg 2,105 11.9% $78,900 $37,143
59 California 6,564 14.1% $112,800 $36,820
60 Coraopolis 5,617 8.7% $91,200 $39,787
61 Vandergrift 5,063 5.9% $66,900 $39,797
62 Youngwood 2,973 11.9% $104,100 $45,773
63 New Brighton 5,911 6.6% $73,400 $35,223
64 Pitcairn 3,259 11.5% $59,300 $30,902
65 New Kensington 12,793 7.8% $94,800 $40,148
66 Monessen 7,530 9.0% $73,800 $36,319
67 Charleroi 4,037 8.6% $45,300 $31,143
68 Bentleyville 2,537 9.2% $106,400 $40,149
69 Ambridge 6,891 10.7% $66,200 $33,758
70 Monongahela 4,208 9.8% $78,600 $45,234
71 Rochester 3,578 9.9% $73,900 $37,139
72 Wilkinsburg 15,797 12.9% $77,900 $33,905
73 Butler 13,399 9.6% $92,100 $29,477
74 Tarentum 4,481 6.9% $55,900 $33,026
75 Washington 13,693 9.2% $95,000 $36,512
76 New Eagle 2,106 9.9% $85,400 $39,643
77 Glassport 4,444 9.9% $55,300 $37,982
78 Homestead 3,142 6.6% $45,400 $24,703
79 Sharpsburg 3,421 12.8% $74,300 $32,431
80 Arnold 5,019 10.0% $58,400 $25,599
81 Arnold 5,019 10.0% $58,400 $25,599
82 Beaver Falls 8,735 8.7% $60,300 $30,372
83 Donora 4,679 10.4% $57,000 $36,150
84 Mckees Rocks 6,046 9.1% $43,500 $29,431
85 Liberty 3,254 10.5% $94,400 $35,216
86 Aliquippa 9,258 11.3% $65,200 $32,405
87 Mount Oliver 3,362 20.6% $54,300 $33,750
88 North Braddock 4,810 8.9% $35,400 $28,565
89 Midland 2,580 7.6% $65,600 $28,646
90 Clairton 6,719 14.5% $47,000 $30,513
91 Brownsville 2,262 12.1% $56,500 $27,359
92 Rankin 2,274 17.9% $42,700 $25,117
93 Duquesne 5,534 24.8% $36,000 $21,495
94 Mckeesport 19,529 15.2% $45,700 $26,271

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