Pittsburgh conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.
But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Pittsburgh.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Pittsburgh ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Pittsburgh area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Pittsburgh proper, although Seven Fields certainly tries.
We examined the 109 biggest suburbs of Pittsburgh to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Pennsylvania, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Pittsburgh in terms of quality of life:
- North Braddock
- Beaver Falls
Read on to see how we determined the places around Pittsburgh that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.
How we determined the worst Pittsburgh ‘burbs
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Low unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High number of high school drop outs
Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Pittsburgh for each of these criteria from worst to best.
The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Pittsburgh.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Pittsburgh to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 109 suburbs ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.
Population: 5,558Median Income: $19,811
Median Home Value: $39,300
Population: 6,752Median Income: $29,158
Median Home Value: $48,700
3. North Braddock
Population: 4,847Median Income: $28,893
Median Home Value: $40,100
Population: 9,356Median Income: $34,816
Median Home Value: $65,800
Population: 19,663 Median Income: $26,224
Median Home Value: $46,600
Population: 6,973Median Income: $30,098
Median Home Value: $64,300
7. Beaver Falls
Population: 8,842Median Income: $27,908
Median Home Value: $58,100
Population: 3,157Median Income: $25,595
Median Home Value: $39,900
Population: 5,142Median Income: $36,111
Median Home Value: $68,400
Population: 3,436Median Income: $29,736
Median Home Value: $67,900
The areas around Pittsburgh that you probably don’t want to live in
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Pittsburgh with Duquesne landing ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Pittsburgh aren’t all bad. Seven Fields takes the cake as the best place to live around Pittsburgh.
For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
For more pa reading , check out:
- This Amazing Time Lapse Of Pittsburgh Shows One Guy’s Love For The City You Can Get Behind
- If You’re From Philadelphia This Will Be The Most Jaw-Dropping Thing You See Today. Guaranteed.
- 33 Things That Definitely Happen To You When You Move To Philadelphia
Detailed List Of Pittsburgh Suburbs
|Liberty borough (Allegheny County)||53|
|Upper St. Clair||89|
|South Park Township||93|