Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.
I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.
And while every neighbhorhood in Pittsburgh might be more expensive than living in rural Pennsylvania, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.
So what exactly are those Pittsburgh neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the cheapest.
What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Marshall-Shadeland looks to be the cheaptest Pittsburgh neighborhood to live in.
At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Pittsburgh. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Pittsburgh that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.
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How We Determined The Cheapest Pittsburgh Hoods In 2020
In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Pittsburgh, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.
- Overall Cost Of Living
- Rent To Income Ratio
- Median Home Value To Income Ratio
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 81 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Pittsburgh.” We’re lookin’ at you, Marshall-Shadeland.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Pittsburgh. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.
The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2020
The median income in Marshall-Shadeland comes in at $41,920 and the median home value is $49,920 for 2020.
The median income in Beltzhoover comes in at $33,514 and the median home value is $40,325 for 2020.
The median income in Lincoln Place comes in at $48,067 and the median home value is $87,440 for 2020.
The median income in Mt Oliver comes in at $37,500 and the median home value is $49,300 for 2020.
The median income in Fairywood comes in at $83,804 and the median home value is $52,800 for 2020.
The median income in Esplen comes in at $39,904 and the median home value is $43,900 for 2020.
The median income in East Hills comes in at $25,650 and the median home value is $39,800 for 2020.
The median income in Homewood West comes in at $24,700 and the median home value is $18,500 for 2020.
The median income in Arlington comes in at $34,996 and the median home value is $31,225 for 2020.
The median income in Homewood South comes in at $21,070 and the median home value is $40,250 for 2020.
Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Pittsburgh
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh aren’t all cheap. North Oakland takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh.
We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.
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