The 10 Cheapest Pittsburgh, PA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Pittsburgh.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh

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 2019? 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 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Pittsburgh, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • 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 2019

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,396
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.2 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (13th cheapest)
More on Marshall-Shadeland: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Marshall-Shadeland comes in at $41,920 and the median home value is $49,920 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,783
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.2 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (21st cheapest)
More on Beltzhoover: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Beltzhoover comes in at $33,514 and the median home value is $40,325 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,534
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.8 (35th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.003 (1st cheapest)
More on Lincoln Place: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Lincoln Place comes in at $48,067 and the median home value is $87,440 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 562
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.3 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (24th cheapest)
More on Mt Oliver: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Mt Oliver comes in at $37,500 and the median home value is $49,300 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,249
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (38th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.6 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (11th cheapest)
More on Fairywood: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fairywood comes in at $83,804 and the median home value is $52,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 175
Cost Of Living Index: 83 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (34th cheapest)
More on Esplen: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Esplen comes in at $39,904 and the median home value is $43,900 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,683
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.6 (23rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (32nd cheapest)
More on East Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in East Hills comes in at $25,650 and the median home value is $39,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 831
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (57th cheapest)
More on Homewood West: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Homewood West comes in at $24,700 and the median home value is $18,500 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,852
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (52nd cheapest)
More on Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Arlington comes in at $34,996 and the median home value is $31,225 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,415
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (38th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (22nd cheapest)
More on Homewood South: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Homewood South comes in at $21,070 and the median home value is $40,250 for 2019.

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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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Marshall-Shadeland 83
2 Beltzhoover 81
3 Lincoln Place 83
4 Mt Oliver 83
5 Fairywood 88
6 Esplen 83
7 East Hills 80
8 Homewood West 79
9 Arlington 82
10 Homewood South 79
11 Bon Air 88
12 East Carnegie 88
13 Perry North 87
14 North Shore 91
15 Sheraden 84
16 Fine View 84
17 Elliott 87
18 Summer Hill 91
19 Brookline 89
20 Wind Gap 89
21 Central Business District 98
22 Knoxville 85
23 Manchester 87
24 Terrace Village 80
25 Homewood North 82
26 Saint Clair 85
27 Carrick 87
28 Spring Garden 86
29 Westwood 92
30 Swisshelm Park 94
31 Mount Oliver 85
32 Beechview 89
33 Hazelwood 83
34 Banksville 95
35 Allentown 86
36 Highland Park 95
37 Overbrook 89
38 Spring Hill-City View 84
39 Troy Hill 89
40 Brighton Heights 92
41 Crafton Heights 89
42 Perry South 86
43 Southside Slopes 92
44 Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 84
45 Stanton Heights 93
46 Mount Washington 91
47 Duquesne Heights 95
48 Morningside 94
49 Point Breeze 112
50 Herrs Island 94
51 Central Lawrenceville 94
52 Greenfield 97
53 Larimer 84
54 Garfield 86
55 California-Kirkbride 83
56 Upper Lawrenceville 90
57 Polish Hill 90
58 Hays 84
59 West Oakland 83
60 East Liberty 87
61 Squirrel Hill North 127
62 Squirrel Hill South 106
63 Lower Lawrenceville 96
64 Crawford Roberts 84
65 Northview Heights 83
66 Point Breeze North 100
67 Middle Hill 86
68 Oakwood 89
69 Regent Square 115
70 Allegheny West 114
71 Oakland 88
72 Bloomfield 97
73 East Allegheny 89
74 Southside Flats 107
75 Central Northside 98
76 Allegheny Center 107
77 Strip District 126
78 Upper Hill 95
79 Friendship 103
80 Shadyside 116
81 North Oakland 98

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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