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:
- Seven Fields (Photos)
- Sewickley (Photos)
- Beaver (Photos)
- Franklin Park (Photos)
- Jefferson Hills (Photos)
- Dormont (Photos)
- 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.
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
Population: 2,865Unemployment 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.
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.
Population: 3,852Unemployment 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.
Population: 4,441Unemployment 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
Population: 14,228Unemployment 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
Population: 11,214Unemployment 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.
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.
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.
Population: 8,491Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $121,000
Median Income: $58,875
Is ‘Everything Better In Dormont?’
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.
Population: 9,240Unemployment 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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