The 10 Best Pittsburgh Suburbs To Live For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021:

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

What's the best suburb of Pittsburgh? Aspinwall ranks as the best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2021 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 2021

Aspinwall, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,724
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $84,375
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Aspinwall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $84,375 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Pittsburgh region. And only 5.34% are out of work. Homes average more than $286,400 each.

Edgewood, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,040
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $80,547
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood is the second best 'burb we looked at near Pittsburgh for 2021.

It ranks 10th for incomes in the area and only 1.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,766
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $102,529
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Seven Fields: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Seven Fields, 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 Seven Fields.

Fox Chapel, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,121
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $205,987
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Chapel ranks as the 4th best suburb of Pittsburgh for 2021.

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

Dormont, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,373
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Income: $64,688
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Dormont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Dormont.

Dormont gets kudos for having the 22nd most expensive homes in the Pittsburgh area, where houses sell for an average of $147,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Sewickley, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,829
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $63,475
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Sewickley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sewickley 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 2.78% which is 14th best in the area.

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

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,200
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $93,140
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Jefferson Hills.

Jefferson Hills 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 10.0 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,589
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $134,688
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 1.82% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Oakmont, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,480
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $65,833
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Oakmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Oakmont?'

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.

Forest Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,377
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $71,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Forest 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Pittsburgh for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 95 suburbs to evaluate around Pittsburgh.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 95 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.

Welcome to the Best Pittsburgh 'Burbs of 2021

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 2,724 $84,375
2 Edgewood, PA 3,040 $80,547
3 Seven Fields, PA 2,766 $102,529
4 Fox Chapel, PA 5,121 $205,987
5 Dormont, PA 8,373 $64,688
6 Sewickley, PA 3,829 $63,475
7 Jefferson Hills, PA 11,200 $93,140
8 Franklin Park, PA 14,589 $134,688
9 Oakmont, PA 6,480 $65,833
10 Forest Hills, PA 6,377 $71,709
11 Green Tree, PA 4,885 $86,684
12 Plum, PA 27,195 $78,709
13 Beaver, PA 4,334 $58,750
14 Delmont, PA 2,563 $66,838
15 Pleasant Hills, PA 8,113 $76,480
16 Churchill, PA 2,957 $93,171
17 Manor, PA 3,318 $82,500
18 Economy, PA 9,182 $81,938
19 Zelienople, PA 3,651 $54,235
20 Castle Shannon, PA 8,213 $62,149
21 Southwest Greensburg, PA 2,242 $52,784
22 New Stanton, PA 2,199 $61,464
23 West View, PA 6,601 $60,997
24 Avalon, PA 4,584 $43,939
25 Whitehall, PA 13,517 $66,484
26 White Oak, PA 7,540 $59,514
27 Lower Burrell, PA 11,229 $64,696
28 Crafton, PA 5,838 $52,449
29 Brentwood, PA 9,386 $58,303
30 Conway, PA 2,114 $57,042
31 Ingram, PA 3,237 $55,870
32 Baldwin, PA 19,752 $65,420
33 Emsworth, PA 2,503 $55,926
34 Springdale, PA 3,326 $54,118
35 South Greensburg, PA 2,162 $46,750
36 Bellevue, PA 8,146 $46,397
37 Baden, PA 3,948 $45,583
38 Swissvale, PA 8,760 $50,067
39 Carnegie, PA 7,883 $52,612
40 Trafford, PA 3,083 $44,150
41 Etna, PA 3,350 $49,432
42 Bridgeville, PA 4,968 $47,917
43 Irwin, PA 3,797 $49,570
44 Leechburg, PA 2,095 $46,298
45 Youngwood, PA 2,900 $52,711
46 Greensburg, PA 14,290 $42,058
47 Canonsburg, PA 8,844 $50,077
48 Munhall, PA 11,121 $47,649
49 Port Vue, PA 3,697 $54,063
50 West Mifflin, PA 19,834 $52,679
51 Wilkinsburg, PA 15,485 $36,743
52 Monaca, PA 5,521 $39,974
53 Millvale, PA 3,706 $41,060
54 Verona, PA 2,767 $46,146
55 Mcdonald, PA 2,164 $45,534
56 Ambridge, PA 6,707 $41,377
57 Monongahela, PA 4,138 $48,986
58 West Newton, PA 2,646 $40,878
59 Monessen, PA 7,344 $43,823
60 Coraopolis, PA 5,488 $43,145
61 Brackenridge, PA 3,175 $41,204
62 New Brighton, PA 5,780 $37,460
63 Washington, PA 13,532 $42,533
64 Jeannette, PA 9,216 $40,750
65 Bentleyville, PA 2,441 $46,938
66 Rochester, PA 3,502 $30,120
67 New Kensington, PA 12,468 $42,264
68 Pitcairn, PA 3,195 $32,864
69 Butler, PA 13,092 $31,361
70 Vandergrift, PA 4,950 $41,567
71 Arnold, PA 4,902 $29,487
72 Arnold, PA 4,902 $29,487
73 Arnold, PA 4,902 $29,487
74 Arnold, PA 4,902 $29,487
75 Charleroi, PA 3,953 $34,866
76 Liberty, PA 3,177 $50,541
77 Turtle Creek, PA 5,197 $33,292
78 New Eagle, PA 2,349 $43,387
79 Sharpsburg, PA 3,358 $36,360
80 Mount Oliver, PA 3,324 $38,795
81 California, PA 6,347 $37,091
82 Donora, PA 4,598 $33,620
83 Glassport, PA 4,371 $40,823
84 Rankin, PA 2,068 $34,091
85 Beaver Falls, PA 8,464 $32,899
86 Tarentum, PA 4,413 $33,970
87 Clairton, PA 6,619 $37,282
88 North Braddock, PA 4,741 $32,272
89 Midland, PA 2,918 $44,889
90 Homestead, PA 3,170 $26,220
91 Mckees Rocks, PA 5,919 $26,259
92 Aliquippa, PA 9,004 $31,985
93 Brownsville, PA 2,217 $31,202
94 Duquesne, PA 5,543 $29,844
95 Mckeesport, PA 19,225 $29,094

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