The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 94 places around Pittsburgh to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Pittsburgh suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Pittsburgh are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Pittsburgh for 2022:

  1. Aspinwall
  2. Edgewood
  3. Fox Chapel
  4. Seven Fields
  5. Sewickley
  6. Oakmont
  7. Plum
  8. Franklin Park
  9. Jefferson Hills
  10. Pleasant Hills

What's the best suburb of Pittsburgh? Aspinwall ranks as the best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Aspinwall, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Pittsburgh 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs To Live For 2022

Aspinwall is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Pittsburgh area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Aspinwall."

Everyone here is rich; families average $100,294 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Pittsburgh region. And only 4.19% are out of work. Homes average more than $306,600 each.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,687
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,294
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on Aspinwall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aspinwall, PA

Edgewood is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pittsburgh for 2022.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 1.19% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,020
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,135
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood, PA

Here in Fox Chapel, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Pittsburgh metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Fox Chapel.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,104
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $233,776
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Chapel, PA

Seven Fields ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Seven Fields and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,762
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $105,208
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Seven Fields: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain

Coming in as the fifth best is Sewickley.

Sewickley gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Pittsburgh area, where houses sell for an average of $396,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,800
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,897
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Sewickley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sewickley, PA

Source: Public domain

Oakmont is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.04% which is 3best in the area.

According to online reports, Oakmont is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Pittsburgh area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,504
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $67,944
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Oakmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakmont, PA

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Plum.

Plum schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 12.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,137
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Income: $82,704
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Plum: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plum, PA

Franklin Park is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.54% of people lack insurance, good for 22nd in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,701
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $141,045
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain

Is 'Everything Better In Jefferson Hills?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,166
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $96,645
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jefferson Hills, PA

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Pleasant Hills.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,072
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Income: $79,340
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Pleasant Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pleasant Hills, PA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pittsburgh for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Pittsburgh was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Pittsburgh.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 94 suburbs to evaluate around Pittsburgh.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 94 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Pittsburgh." We're lookin' at you, Aspinwall. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Pittsburgh 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Pittsburgh, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Pittsburgh Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Aspinwall, PA 2,687 $100,294
2 Edgewood, PA 3,020 $81,135
3 Fox Chapel, PA 5,104 $233,776
4 Seven Fields, PA 2,762 $105,208
5 Sewickley, PA 3,800 $78,897
6 Oakmont, PA 6,504 $67,944
7 Plum, PA 27,137 $82,704
8 Franklin Park, PA 14,701 $141,045
9 Jefferson Hills, PA 11,166 $96,645
10 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,072 $79,340
11 Green Tree, PA 4,814 $77,343
12 Dormont, PA 8,335 $57,279
13 Beaver, PA 4,299 $59,063
14 Castle Shannon, PA 8,249 $64,416
15 Zelienople, PA 3,694 $54,707
16 Southwest Greensburg, PA 2,145 $53,250
17 Churchill, PA 2,925 $87,063
18 Baldwin, PA 19,667 $68,705
19 Economy, PA 9,133 $78,556
20 Forest Hills, PA 6,333 $72,716
21 Delmont, PA 2,532 $56,950
22 Manor, PA 3,324 $106,875
23 Whitehall, PA 13,437 $66,667
24 New Stanton, PA 2,452 $60,553
25 Bellevue, PA 8,088 $49,991
26 Avalon, PA 4,558 $41,150
27 Crafton, PA 5,810 $58,110
28 Lower Burrell, PA 11,158 $64,052
29 Ingram, PA 3,210 $53,619
30 West View, PA 6,547 $62,246
31 Carnegie, PA 7,839 $53,788
32 White Oak, PA 7,472 $49,939
33 Brentwood, PA 9,319 $58,349
34 Emsworth, PA 2,514 $53,289
35 Baden, PA 3,911 $52,458
36 Springdale, PA 3,307 $54,972
37 Youngwood, PA 2,870 $58,977
38 South Greensburg, PA 2,248 $47,344
39 Conway, PA 2,150 $60,341
40 Swissvale, PA 8,724 $50,690
41 Canonsburg, PA 8,815 $57,620
42 Leechburg, PA 2,154 $50,000
43 Greensburg, PA 14,239 $45,065
44 Bridgeville, PA 4,939 $48,105
45 Trafford, PA 3,057 $45,036
46 Irwin, PA 3,773 $49,766
47 Monaca, PA 5,466 $39,690
48 Millvale, PA 3,686 $44,694
49 Mcdonald, PA 2,282 $48,024
50 Port Vue, PA 3,673 $58,368
51 Coraopolis, PA 5,448 $48,101
52 West Mifflin, PA 19,742 $54,474
53 Etna, PA 3,336 $42,219
54 Brackenridge, PA 3,155 $40,146
55 West Newton, PA 2,581 $43,977
56 Munhall, PA 11,049 $42,368
57 Ambridge, PA 6,660 $42,236
58 Verona, PA 2,669 $42,024
59 New Brighton, PA 5,731 $37,639
60 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,367 $37,649
61 Monessen, PA 7,287 $45,658
62 Vandergrift, PA 4,914 $43,881
63 Washington, PA 13,404 $47,771
64 New Kensington, PA 12,378 $42,368
65 Liberty, PA 3,168 $50,521
66 Jeannette, PA 9,146 $41,756
67 Monongahela, PA 4,142 $52,222
68 Bentleyville, PA 2,466 $48,672
69 Rochester, PA 3,468 $35,448
70 Charleroi, PA 3,923 $35,278
71 Sharpsburg, PA 3,347 $37,871
72 Arnold, PA 4,852 $32,200
73 Arnold, PA 4,852 $32,200
74 Arnold, PA 4,852 $32,200
75 Arnold, PA 4,852 $32,200
76 Glassport, PA 4,338 $45,716
77 Butler, PA 13,008 $32,746
78 Pitcairn, PA 3,180 $34,882
79 New Eagle, PA 2,433 $45,891
80 Tarentum, PA 4,397 $34,929
81 Mount Oliver, PA 3,304 $31,890
82 Turtle Creek, PA 5,161 $32,990
83 Donora, PA 4,580 $39,560
84 California, PA 6,306 $37,369
85 Aliquippa, PA 8,918 $36,451
86 Midland, PA 2,608 $48,715
87 Beaver Falls, PA 8,393 $35,951
88 Mckees Rocks, PA 5,892 $31,130
89 Duquesne, PA 5,534 $35,264
90 North Braddock, PA 4,703 $34,087
91 Mckeesport, PA 19,128 $28,881
92 Clairton, PA 6,574 $36,830
93 Homestead, PA 3,168 $26,563
94 Brownsville, PA 2,313 $25,583

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