These Are The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Pittsburgh for 2019:

  1. Seven Fields (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Edgewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Sewickley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fox Chapel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Forest Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Jefferson Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. West View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Economy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Churchill (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

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.

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,829
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,791
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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 $102,791 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Pittsburgh region. And only 130.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $313,100 each.

Edgewood, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,071
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,863
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Pittsburgh for 2019.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 2.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Sewickley, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,862
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,266
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,301
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,711
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2019.

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.

Fox Chapel, PA

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9.5
/10

Population: 5,363
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 14)
Median Income: $162,054
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.4%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Fox Chapel.

Fox Chapel gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Pittsburgh area, where houses sell for an average of $603,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Forest Hills, PA

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6
/10

Population: 6,439
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Income: $65,096
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Forest 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 360.0% which is 10th best in the area.

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

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,244
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $88,328
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Jefferson Hills.

Jefferson Hills 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 10.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

West View, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,698
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Income: $60,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on West View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West View 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 3.7% of people lack insurance, good for 15th in the area.

Economy, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,230
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $81,137
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Economy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Economy?’

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.

Churchill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,984
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $89,013
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Churchill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Churchill.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Seven Fields 2,829 $102,791
2 Edgewood 3,071 $72,863
3 Sewickley 3,862 $73,266
4 Franklin Park 14,301 $121,711
5 Fox Chapel 5,363 $162,054
6 Forest Hills 6,439 $65,096
7 Jefferson Hills 11,244 $88,328
8 West View 6,698 $60,000
9 Economy 9,230 $81,137
10 Churchill 2,984 $89,013
11 Oakmont 6,440 $64,635
12 Aspinwall 2,769 $67,096
13 Beaver 4,419 $52,438
14 Green Tree 4,843 $75,139
15 Southwest Greensburg 2,157 $47,118
16 Dormont 8,488 $60,349
17 Delmont 2,621 $60,885
18 Zelienople 3,696 $52,500
19 Plum 27,390 $71,989
20 Pleasant Hills 8,225 $69,091
21 Emsworth 2,411 $56,958
22 Avalon 4,642 $41,926
23 Castle Shannon 8,251 $53,041
24 New Stanton 2,558 $62,368
25 Manor 3,308 $61,462
26 Brentwood 9,528 $55,192
27 White Oak 7,774 $56,316
28 East Washington 2,134 $68,098
29 Crafton 5,887 $52,289
30 Baldwin 19,743 $57,439
31 Whitehall 13,828 $60,914
32 Ingram 3,284 $49,848
33 Trafford 3,113 $48,273
34 Springdale 3,375 $50,495
35 Lower Burrell 11,413 $61,814
36 Munhall 11,296 $49,332
37 Conway 2,190 $54,955
38 Bellevue 8,269 $42,464
39 Turtle Creek 5,281 $36,466
40 South Greensburg 2,143 $45,938
41 Canonsburg 8,913 $52,268
42 Monaca 5,614 $39,669
43 Bridgeville 5,091 $45,403
44 East Mckeesport 2,073 $43,750
45 Brackenridge 3,227 $41,369
46 Etna 3,399 $46,667
47 Carnegie 7,935 $45,087
48 Irwin 3,841 $47,201
49 Mcdonald 2,134 $44,762
50 Port Vue 3,747 $46,125
51 Jeannette 9,341 $41,049
52 Baden 4,033 $42,534
53 Greensburg 14,476 $36,412
54 West Mifflin 20,075 $50,368
55 Swissvale 8,881 $42,161
56 West Newton 2,550 $42,337
57 Coraopolis 5,607 $42,533
58 Youngwood 2,950 $50,779
59 Millvale 3,692 $36,107
60 Rochester 3,563 $38,894
61 Leechburg 2,114 $37,372
62 Verona 2,639 $38,306
63 California 6,513 $36,127
64 Monongahela 4,194 $47,044
65 Ambridge 6,853 $35,582
66 New Eagle 2,143 $41,250
67 Pitcairn 3,260 $35,250
68 Monessen 7,474 $38,777
69 New Kensington 12,679 $40,858
70 Sharpsburg 3,414 $40,380
71 Butler 13,292 $30,266
72 New Brighton 5,889 $36,712
73 Vandergrift 5,037 $38,456
74 Wilkinsburg 15,748 $32,961
75 Arnold 4,980 $28,713
76 Arnold 4,980 $28,713
77 Arnold 4,980 $28,713
78 Arnold 4,980 $28,713
79 Liberty 3,200 $35,986
80 Washington 13,624 $35,858
81 Charleroi 4,004 $32,705
82 Bentleyville 2,528 $36,944
83 Glassport 4,435 $37,786
84 Beaver Falls 8,641 $35,368
85 Mount Oliver 3,364 $36,204
86 Tarentum 4,480 $33,464
87 Homestead 3,153 $24,815
88 Donora 4,650 $35,221
89 Mckees Rocks 6,037 $28,571
90 Aliquippa 9,173 $31,121
91 Rankin 2,195 $29,470
92 North Braddock 4,794 $29,293
93 Brownsville 2,181 $28,548
94 Midland 2,561 $30,474
95 Clairton 6,692 $31,112
96 Mckeesport 19,488 $28,750
97 Duquesne 5,544 $24,390

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