The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the safest places to live.

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

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Pittsburgh neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Pittsburgh in 2020? That would be Squirrel Hill North. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Pittsburgh.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Pittsburgh neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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.

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How We Determined The Safest Pittsburgh Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 81 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Pittsburgh.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Squirrel Hill North.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Pittsburgh. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2020

Squirrel Hill North Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,446
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 40
Property Crime Per 100k: 435
More on Squirrel Hill North: Homes For Sale | Data

Squirrel Hill is a residential neighborhood in the East End of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The city officially divides it into two neighborhoods, Squirrel Hill North and Squirrel Hill South, but it is almost universally treated as a single neighborhood.

The violent crime per 100K people in Squirrel Hill North comes in at 40 and the property crime per capita is 435 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,158
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 72
Property Crime Per 100k: 578
More on Swisshelm Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Swisshelm Park comes in at 72 and the property crime per capita is 578 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 607
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 239
Property Crime Per 100k: 309
More on East Carnegie: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in East Carnegie comes in at 239 and the property crime per capita is 309 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,599
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 153
Property Crime Per 100k: 798
More on Stanton Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Stanton Heights comes in at 153 and the property crime per capita is 798 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,544
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 216
Property Crime Per 100k: 552
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Westwood comes in at 216 and the property crime per capita is 552 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,383
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 159
Property Crime Per 100k: 842
More on North Oakland: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in North Oakland comes in at 159 and the property crime per capita is 842 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,534
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 316
Property Crime Per 100k: 371
More on Lincoln Place: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Lincoln Place comes in at 316 and the property crime per capita is 371 for 2020.

Highland Park Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,854
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 160
Property Crime Per 100k: 907
More on Highland Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Highland Park is both a large municipal park and a racially diverse, mostly residential neighborhood in the northeastern part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Highland Park, the neighborhood, fully encompasses the park.

The violent crime per 100K people in Highland Park comes in at 160 and the property crime per capita is 907 for 2020.

Point Breeze Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,555
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 108
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,018
More on Point Breeze: Homes For Sale | Data

Point Breeze, or South Point Breeze, is a largely residential neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The community was named after a tavern once located there.

The violent crime per 100K people in Point Breeze comes in at 108 and the property crime per capita is 1,018 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,030
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201
Property Crime Per 100k: 884
More on Oakwood: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Oakwood comes in at 201 and the property crime per capita is 884 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Pittsburgh

Looking at the data, you can tell that Squirrel Hill North is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Pennsylvania residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Squirrel Hill North 475
2 Swisshelm Park 650
3 East Carnegie 548
4 Stanton Heights 951
5 Westwood 768
6 North Oakland 1,001
7 Lincoln Place 687
8 Highland Park 1,067
9 Point Breeze 1,126
10 Oakwood 1,085
11 Greenfield 1,013
12 Squirrel Hill South 1,141
13 Fairywood 939
14 Mount Oliver 1,207
15 Morningside 1,150
16 Regent Square 1,337
17 Shadyside 1,379
18 Banksville 1,318
19 Wind Gap 1,186
20 Strip District 1,508
21 Summer Hill 1,751
22 Overbrook 1,394
23 Brookline 1,551
24 Duquesne Heights 1,601
25 Lower Lawrenceville 1,754
26 Central Lawrenceville 2,090
27 Bloomfield 2,173
28 West Oakland 2,329
29 Friendship 2,271
30 Upper Lawrenceville 2,354
31 Oakland 2,421
32 Beechview 2,325
33 Crafton Heights 2,412
34 Central Business District 2,456
35 Polish Hill 2,454
36 Southside Flats 2,494
37 North Shore 2,504
38 Mt Oliver 2,598
39 Perry North 2,571
40 Bon Air 2,664
41 Point Breeze North 2,968
42 Arlington 2,742
43 Southside Slopes 3,263
44 Hays 3,205
45 Brighton Heights 3,199
46 Saint Clair 3,292
47 Spring Garden 3,228
48 Herrs Island 5,394
49 Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 3,448
50 Mount Washington 3,728
51 Upper Hill 3,760
52 Sheraden 3,476
53 Terrace Village 3,643
54 Carrick 3,915
55 Garfield 4,047
56 East Allegheny 4,459
57 East Liberty 4,818
58 Manchester 4,236
59 Knoxville 4,857
60 Hazelwood 5,149
61 Elliott 5,180
62 Perry South 5,086
63 Esplen 5,664
64 Homewood North 5,572
65 Homewood South 6,033
66 Marshall-Shadeland 5,795
67 East Hills 5,820
68 Central Northside 7,211
69 Fine View 7,128
70 Allegheny West 12,925
71 Homewood West 9,473
72 California-Kirkbride 6,528
73 Spring Hill-City View 6,807
74 Allentown 7,571
75 Middle Hill 7,591
76 Allegheny Center 11,313
77 Troy Hill 7,664
78 Beltzhoover 8,018
79 Crawford Roberts 10,609
80 Larimer 11,868
81 Northview Heights 9,179

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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