The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Pittsburgh.
Worst Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You've got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there's a neighborhood for everyone in Pittsburgh.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it's not all rainbows and sunshine in Pittsburgh. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Pittsburgh hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Pittsburgh area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Squirrel Hill North ranks way above the rest.

We examined 81 of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Pittsburgh's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Pittsburgh for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Larimer looks to be the worst neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Pittsburgh that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh For 2021

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Population: 1,447
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $44,375 (11th worst)
Median Income: $21,417 (7th worst)
More on Larimer:  Data

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Population: 707
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,700 (2worst)
Median Income: $20,000 (5th worst)
More on California-Kirkbride:  Data

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Population: 1,325
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $63,900 (29th worst)
Median Income: $12,742 (worst)
More on Northview Heights:  Data

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Population: 831
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $18,500 (worst)
Median Income: $24,700 (14th worst)
More on Homewood West:  Data

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Population: 4,443
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $45,160 (12th worst)
Median Income: $25,868 (17th worst)
More on Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar:  Data

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Population: 2,683
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $39,800 (5th worst)
Median Income: $25,650 (16th worst)
More on East Hills:  Data

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Population: 317
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,600 (18th worst)
Median Income: $34,861 (27th worst)
More on Saint Clair:  Data

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Population: 2,415
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $40,250 (6th worst)
Median Income: $21,070 (6th worst)
More on Homewood South:  Data

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Population: 1,783
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $40,325 (7th worst)
Median Income: $33,514 (24th worst)
More on Beltzhoover:  Data

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Population: 3,235
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $32,780 (4th worst)
Median Income: $22,341 (10th worst)
More on Homewood North:  Data

How we determined the worst Pittsburgh hoods in 2021

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 places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Pittsburgh:

  • High 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 crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood 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 81 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

The 'hoods around Pittsburgh that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh with Larimer landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh aren't all bad. Squirrel Hill North takes the cake as the best place to live in Pittsburgh.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Pittsburgh For 2021?

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