Best Pittsburgh Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Pittsburgh suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of Pittsburgh? Seven Fields ranks as the best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs To Live For 2020

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,791
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,454
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Seven Fields: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $102,454 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Pittsburgh region. And only 0.96% are out of work. Homes average more than $318,200 each.

Edgewood, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,070
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,375
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pittsburgh for 2020.

It ranks 11th for incomes in the area and only 1.21% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Sewickley, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,838
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,727
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on Sewickley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,448
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,028
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2020.

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

Aspinwall, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,756
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Income: $73,818
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Aspinwall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Aspinwall.

Aspinwall gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Pittsburgh area, where houses sell for an average of $274,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Fox Chapel, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,331
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $168,073
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Chapel 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 4.83% which is 34th best in the area.

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

Beaver, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,368
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $64,239
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Beaver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Beaver 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 24.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,231
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $88,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jefferson Hills 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 1.32% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Forest Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,401
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $69,044
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Forest Hills?'

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.

Green Tree, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,913
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Income: $84,952
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on Green Tree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Green Tree.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pittsburgh for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 97 suburbs to evaluate around Pittsburgh.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 97 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Pittsburgh 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Pittsburgh Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Seven Fields, PA 2,791 $102,454
2 Edgewood, PA 3,070 $74,375
3 Sewickley, PA 3,838 $72,727
4 Franklin Park, PA 14,448 $122,028
5 Aspinwall, PA 2,756 $73,818
6 Fox Chapel, PA 5,331 $168,073
7 Beaver, PA 4,368 $64,239
8 Jefferson Hills, PA 11,231 $88,625
9 Forest Hills, PA 6,401 $69,044
10 Green Tree, PA 4,913 $84,952
11 Dormont, PA 8,438 $60,337
12 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,184 $73,164
13 Zelienople, PA 3,683 $53,683
14 Oakmont, PA 6,450 $64,054
15 Delmont, PA 2,605 $61,544
16 Churchill, PA 2,963 $90,114
17 Plum, PA 27,304 $75,326
18 Manor, PA 3,294 $82,031
19 Economy, PA 9,207 $80,208
20 Avalon, PA 4,626 $43,921
21 Southwest Greensburg, PA 2,187 $47,120
22 West View, PA 6,640 $56,048
23 Whitehall, PA 13,759 $63,518
24 Crafton, PA 5,839 $54,311
25 Baldwin, PA 19,651 $61,996
26 East Washington, PA 2,041 $75,893
27 White Oak, PA 7,621 $56,128
28 New Stanton, PA 2,351 $63,690
29 Brentwood, PA 9,453 $55,809
30 Castle Shannon, PA 8,229 $55,484
31 Emsworth, PA 2,541 $56,078
32 Ingram, PA 3,271 $51,611
33 Conway, PA 2,141 $57,885
34 Trafford, PA 3,039 $49,028
35 South Greensburg, PA 2,217 $50,221
36 Lower Burrell, PA 11,321 $63,929
37 Bellevue, PA 8,196 $44,589
38 Baden, PA 3,977 $43,709
39 Springdale, PA 3,353 $55,104
40 East Mckeesport, PA 2,106 $45,292
41 Canonsburg, PA 8,864 $47,500
42 Carnegie, PA 7,905 $47,798
43 Munhall, PA 11,229 $46,715
44 Irwin, PA 3,829 $53,419
45 Bridgeville, PA 5,066 $45,746
46 Greensburg, PA 14,377 $39,212
47 Monaca, PA 5,570 $39,858
48 Swissvale, PA 8,808 $44,315
49 Mcdonald, PA 2,135 $43,673
50 Brackenridge, PA 3,203 $41,858
51 West Mifflin, PA 19,946 $53,056
52 Etna, PA 3,388 $43,194
53 Port Vue, PA 3,724 $52,520
54 Jeannette, PA 9,280 $41,026
55 Youngwood, PA 2,923 $53,810
56 Monongahela, PA 4,173 $46,810
57 Millvale, PA 3,636 $38,554
58 Monessen, PA 7,397 $40,583
59 Ambridge, PA 6,787 $38,875
60 Turtle Creek, PA 5,244 $30,643
61 Rochester, PA 3,530 $31,630
62 Verona, PA 2,736 $41,947
63 Leechburg, PA 2,119 $42,578
64 Pitcairn, PA 3,230 $33,769
65 West Newton, PA 2,671 $40,377
66 Coraopolis, PA 5,587 $44,583
67 New Brighton, PA 5,827 $38,329
68 Vandergrift, PA 4,987 $42,261
69 Butler, PA 13,182 $33,034
70 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,637 $35,380
71 Charleroi, PA 3,976 $34,403
72 Washington, PA 13,590 $41,331
73 California, PA 6,441 $38,050
74 Mount Oliver, PA 3,340 $42,588
75 Arnold, PA 4,930 $29,457
76 Arnold, PA 4,930 $29,457
77 Arnold, PA 4,930 $29,457
78 Arnold, PA 4,930 $29,457
79 New Eagle, PA 2,118 $38,398
80 Bentleyville, PA 2,515 $37,778
81 New Kensington, PA 12,568 $41,691
82 Sharpsburg, PA 3,374 $37,182
83 Donora, PA 4,635 $34,365
84 Liberty, PA 3,185 $40,039
85 Tarentum, PA 4,441 $31,604
86 Mckees Rocks, PA 5,966 $30,587
87 Glassport, PA 4,391 $38,950
88 Beaver Falls, PA 8,547 $33,288
89 North Braddock, PA 4,758 $31,406
90 Aliquippa, PA 9,066 $31,799
91 Rankin, PA 2,100 $32,321
92 Homestead, PA 3,153 $24,231
93 Clairton, PA 6,640 $31,374
94 Brownsville, PA 2,046 $29,309
95 Mckeesport, PA 19,365 $29,312
96 Duquesne, PA 5,544 $26,532
97 Midland, PA 3,003 $30,773

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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.