These Are The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

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.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Pennsylvania check out the best places in Pennsylvania overall or the worst.

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.

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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.

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1. Seven Fields

Seven Fields, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,865
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $302,900
Median Income: $104,271
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


Population: 3,080
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $188,400
Median Income: $73,250
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: Wikipedia

Population: 3,852
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $291,100
Median Income: $69,625
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: Wikipedia

Population: 4,441
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $167,900
Median Income: $51,161
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: Wikipedia

Population: 14,228
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $312,200
Median Income: $121,661
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,214
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $193,200
Median Income: $79,615
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


Population: 2,773
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $258,500
Median Income: $66,108
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


Population: 2,990
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $166,400
Median Income: $88,605
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: Wikipedia

Population: 8,491
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $121,000
Median Income: $58,875
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: Wikipedia

Population: 9,240
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $166,900
Median Income: $78,578
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

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

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