Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Pittsburgh.
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Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Pittsburgh, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Pittsburgh neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh for 2021.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Squirrel Hill North looks to be the best Pittsburgh neighborhood to live in.
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 best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $401,640 (best)
Median Income: $123,405 (best)
More on Squirrel Hill North: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $276,757 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $109,215 (Second best)
More on Point Breeze: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $290,693 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $53,305 (26th best)
More on Shadyside: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $150,738 (14th best)
Median Income: $62,251 (14th best)
More on Highland Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $237,164 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $65,941 (Ninth best)
More on Squirrel Hill South: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,978 (18th best)
Median Income: $66,111 (Eighth best)
More on Greenfield: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $213,383 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $61,427 (15th best)
More on Southside Flats: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $107,350 (26th best)
Median Income: $59,680 (16th best)
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $126,925 (22nd best)
Median Income: $53,016 (27th best)
More on Morningside: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $300,900 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $67,188 (Seventh best)
More on Regent Square: Homes For Sale | Data
How We Determined The Best Pittsburgh, PA Neighborhoods In 2021
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 81 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best 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 best places Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh aren't all good. Larimer takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2021
||Squirrel Hill North
||Squirrel Hill South
||Central Business District
||Point Breeze North
||Spring Hill-City View