These Are The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs


We analyzed over 46 places around Pittsburgh to identify the most kickass place 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:

  1. Oakmont (Photos)
  2. Franklin Park (Photos)
  3. West View (Photos)
  4. Whitehall (Photos)
  5. Forest Hills (Photos)
  6. Brentwood (Photos)
  7. Dormont (Photos)
  8. Economy (Photos)
  9. Murrysville (Photos)
  10. Monroeville

If you happen to be a resident of Oakmont, 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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pittsburgh

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Pittsburgh, Pa Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 46 suburbs to evaluate around Pittsburgh.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 46 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, Oakmont.

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.

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1. Oakmont

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,358
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $172,400
Median Income: $57,813

2. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Median Home Price: $295,500
Median Income: $116,378

3. West View

West View, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,752
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $116,600
Median Income: $59,387

4. Whitehall

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,931
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $134,300
Median Income: $56,196

5. Forest Hills

Forest Hills, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,501
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $117,800
Median Income: $63,378

6. Brentwood

Brentwood, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,625
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $97,400
Median Income: $52,455

7. Dormont

Dormont, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,565
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $110,900
Median Income: $51,901

8. Economy

Economy, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,133
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $162,300
Median Income: $76,639

9. Murrysville

Source: Google Maps

Population: 20,171
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $219,300
Median Income: $90,026

10. Monroeville

Source: Google Maps

Population: 28,365
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $129,800
Median Income: $56,554

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Pittsburgh

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Oakmont 1 6,358 4.7% $172,400 $57,813
Franklin Park 2 13,882 3.7% $295,500 $116,378
West View 3 6,752 4.4% $116,600 $59,387
Whitehall 4 13,931 5.8% $134,300 $56,196
Forest Hills 5 6,501 7.8% $117,800 $63,378
Brentwood 6 9,625 6.9% $97,400 $52,455
Dormont 7 8,565 5.2% $110,900 $51,901
Economy 8 9,133 5.3% $162,300 $76,639
Murrysville 9 20,171 4.1% $219,300 $90,026
Monroeville 10 28,365 5.5% $129,800 $56,554
Jefferson Hills 11 10,984 6.1% $185,300 $77,118
Fox Chapel 12 5,397 8.0% $521,400 $168,274
Pleasant Hills 13 8,291 9.5% $147,100 $62,969
Castle Shannon 14 8,317 6.3% $112,000 $47,149
Canonsburg 15 8,973 8.5% $124,900 $50,036
Crafton 16 5,931 3.9% $112,700 $49,888
Bridgeville 17 5,142 5.0% $112,400 $43,465
Plum 18 27,386 6.4% $139,700 $67,639
Bethel Park 19 32,338 5.8% $158,700 $70,102
Bellevue 20 8,338 7.5% $102,400 $40,502
White Oak 21 7,851 5.3% $97,500 $50,408
Munhall 22 11,355 8.3% $79,900 $44,075
Greensburg 23 14,726 8.5% $125,300 $38,339
Carnegie 24 7,960 8.0% $101,700 $37,846
Monaca 25 5,721 7.7% $98,500 $43,393
Swissvale 26 8,963 9.8% $73,200 $37,039
Jeannette 27 9,522 3.9% $82,200 $41,780
Pittsburgh 28 306,045 9.4% $91,500 $40,009
Baldwin 29 19,791 8.4% $115,200 $53,699
Turtle Creek 30 5,335 9.1% $64,300 $29,635
Coraopolis 31 5,655 6.2% $82,000 $35,704
Wilkinsburg 32 15,894 11.5% $73,300 $33,483
Arnold 33 5,090 12.3% $60,400 $27,421
Lower Burrell 34 11,653 9.5% $130,500 $51,300
Washington 35 13,715 11.5% $93,500 $34,234
New Brighton 36 5,973 9.8% $68,700 $33,647
Mckees Rocks 37 6,088 13.3% $48,000 $26,317
West Mifflin 38 20,271 9.6% $88,300 $47,894
New Kensington 39 12,959 12.0% $86,000 $36,555
Vandergrift 40 5,142 9.9% $68,400 $36,111
Beaver Falls 41 8,842 11.8% $58,100 $27,908
Ambridge 42 6,973 12.5% $64,300 $30,098
Aliquippa 43 9,356 11.4% $65,800 $34,816
Mckeesport 44 19,663 13.9% $46,600 $26,224
Clairton 45 6,752 12.5% $48,700 $29,158
Duquesne 46 5,558 25.9% $39,300 $19,811

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