The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Pittsburgh.
Best Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh

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

Squirrel Hill North Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 11,446
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

Point Breeze Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 5,555
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

Population: 13,593
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

Highland Park Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 6,854
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

Squirrel Hill South Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 15,572
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

Greenfield Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 7,858
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

Southside Flats Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 5,548
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

Population: 3,544
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

Morningside Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 2,940
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

Population: 973
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Squirrel Hill North 11,446 $401,640 $123,405
2 Point Breeze 5,555 $276,757 $109,215
3 Shadyside 13,593 $290,693 $53,305
4 Highland Park 6,854 $150,738 $62,251
5 Squirrel Hill South 15,572 $237,164 $65,941
6 Greenfield 7,858 $138,978 $66,111
7 Southside Flats 5,548 $213,383 $61,427
8 Westwood 3,544 $107,350 $59,680
9 Morningside 2,940 $126,925 $53,016
10 Regent Square 973 $300,900 $67,188
11 Friendship 1,921 $198,350 $37,587
12 Stanton Heights 4,599 $114,300 $53,459
13 Banksville 3,818 $144,600 $62,896
14 Swisshelm Park 1,158 $131,800 $65,313
15 Central Business District 3,229 $121,733 $101,131
16 Duquesne Heights 2,550 $110,300 $64,534
17 Bloomfield 8,640 $148,610 $43,967
18 North Oakland 9,383 $158,750 $23,280
19 Central Lawrenceville 4,444 $131,417 $50,605
20 North Shore 177 $100,700 $68,684
21 Mount Washington 8,521 $96,970 $49,177
22 Summer Hill 1,075 $100,000 $65,000
23 Point Breeze North 1,908 $169,275 $56,266
24 Fairywood 1,249 $52,800 $83,804
25 Brookline 12,958 $91,167 $53,825
26 Southside Slopes 4,680 $92,425 $55,340
27 Oakwood 1,030 $98,200 $31,563
28 Upper Lawrenceville 2,377 $93,567 $42,436
29 Lower Lawrenceville 2,176 $143,950 $51,874
30 Brighton Heights 6,741 $103,600 $51,491
31 Beechview 8,127 $81,310 $47,089
32 Crafton Heights 3,908 $92,525 $42,870
33 Central Northside 2,929 $165,800 $37,312
34 Strip District 714 $321,400 $93,125
35 Lincoln Place 3,534 $87,440 $48,067
36 Allegheny West 259 $302,100 $58,958
37 Oakland 8,663 $70,900 $22,641
38 Upper Hill 1,759 $133,967 $32,996
39 Overbrook 3,473 $75,940 $44,551
40 Wind Gap 1,355 $72,450 $57,734
41 Allegheny Center 1,457 $240,650 $46,526
42 East Carnegie 607 $77,500 $55,385
43 East Allegheny 1,866 $94,550 $25,432
44 East Liberty 5,678 $82,262 $31,021
45 Manchester 2,005 $96,750 $39,460
46 Bon Air 944 $80,100 $56,797
47 Polish Hill 1,461 $100,533 $41,222
48 Spring Garden 812 $62,333 $37,416
49 Mt Oliver 562 $49,300 $37,500
50 Mount Oliver 3,289 $54,075 $33,437
51 Herrs Island 245 $65,000 $55,500
52 Perry North 3,738 $70,133 $47,169
53 Carrick 9,904 $71,327 $41,950
54 Garfield 3,859 $64,560 $30,202
55 Knoxville 4,167 $41,350 $40,075
56 Troy Hill 1,482 $58,700 $45,174
57 Allentown 2,342 $60,350 $35,505
58 Sheraden 5,675 $54,614 $35,876
59 Elliott 2,302 $63,775 $45,640
60 Arlington 1,852 $31,225 $34,996
61 Perry South 3,333 $62,967 $33,900
62 Esplen 175 $43,900 $39,904
63 Middle Hill 2,062 $80,067 $21,500
64 Marshall-Shadeland 4,396 $49,920 $41,920
65 Spring Hill-City View 2,537 $69,100 $27,178
66 Hazelwood 4,241 $56,629 $23,874
67 West Oakland 1,581 $41,733 $16,857
68 Crawford Roberts 2,259 $49,750 $18,794
69 Fine View 1,140 $63,750 $34,658
70 Terrace Village 2,359 $26,000 $17,466
71 Hays 372 $52,700 $21,815
72 Homewood North 3,235 $32,780 $22,341
73 Beltzhoover 1,783 $40,325 $33,514
74 Homewood South 2,415 $40,250 $21,070
75 Saint Clair 317 $53,600 $34,861
76 East Hills 2,683 $39,800 $25,650
77 Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 4,443 $45,160 $25,868
78 Homewood West 831 $18,500 $24,700
79 Northview Heights 1,325 $63,900 $12,742
80 California-Kirkbride 707 $55,700 $20,000
81 Larimer 1,447 $44,375 $21,417

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