These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Pittsburgh For 2018


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

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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 85 of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Pittsburgh’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Pittsburgh according to data:

  1. Larimer
  2. California-Kirkbride
  3. Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar
  4. Homewood West
  5. Bedford Dwellings
  6. Beltzhoover
  7. East Hills
  8. Terrace Village
  9. Arlington
  10. Hays

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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How we determined the worst Pittsburgh hoods

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 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 85 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.

1. Larimer

Population: 1,650
Median Income: $17,738
Median Home Value: $35,000

2. California-Kirkbride

Population: 824
Median Income: $19,306
Median Home Value: $46,800

3. Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar

Population: 4,455
Median Income: $26,541
Median Home Value: $42,840

4. Homewood West

Population: 785
Median Income: $20,560
Median Home Value: $39,000

5. Bedford Dwellings

Population: 1,172
Median Income: $11,274
Median Home Value: $22,900

6. Beltzhoover

Population: 1,902
Median Income: $28,278
Median Home Value: $33,175

7. East Hills

Population: 2,842
Median Income: $15,878
Median Home Value: $50,867

8. Terrace Village

Population: 2,486
Median Income: $16,924
Median Home Value: $24,675

9. Arlington

Population: 1,878
Median Income: $35,258
Median Home Value: $30,525

10. Hays

Population: 346
Median Income: $23,438
Median Home Value: $46,500

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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Detailed List Of The Worst Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Larimer 1,650 $17,738 $35,000
2 California-Kirkbride 824 $19,306 $46,800
3 Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 4,455 $26,541 $42,840
4 Homewood West 785 $20,560 $39,000
5 Bedford Dwellings 1,172 $11,274 $22,900
6 Beltzhoover 1,902 $28,278 $33,175
7 East Hills 2,842 $15,878 $50,867
8 Terrace Village 2,486 $16,924 $24,675
9 Arlington 1,878 $35,258 $30,525
10 Hays 346 $23,438 $46,500
11 Homewood North 3,192 $24,578 $34,100
12 Hazelwood 4,151 $24,700 $58,800
13 Perry South 3,403 $26,167 $58,983
14 Fine View 1,304 $17,110 $62,500
15 Homewood South 2,297 $26,868 $62,500
16 Spring Hill-City View 2,447 $21,684 $65,867
17 West Oakland 1,664 $26,256 $63,650
18 Middle Hill 1,666 $19,294 $73,433
19 Mount Oliver 3,313 $28,116 $50,775
20 Sheraden 4,976 $36,723 $59,729
21 Elliott 2,400 $38,074 $65,475
22 Marshall-Shadeland 5,390 $34,456 $45,660
23 Esplen 208 $37,813 $41,200
24 Saint Clair 295 $41,250 $38,400
25 West End 267 $36,136 $70,700
26 Knoxville 4,152 $35,183 $47,900
27 Allentown 2,675 $32,493 $64,925
28 Troy Hill 1,643 $38,858 $51,500
29 Garfield 3,742 $27,463 $69,780
30 Crawford Roberts 2,130 $17,763 $93,000
31 Carrick 10,030 $37,942 $70,067
32 Spring Garden 770 $42,446 $64,500
33 East Carnegie 546 $54,671 $69,500
34 Perry North 4,095 $43,795 $80,667
35 Herrs Island 249 $36,833 $49,900
36 Wind Gap 1,533 $49,244 $75,000
37 Mt Oliver 527 $39,716 $56,700
38 Lincoln Place 3,413 $49,300 $73,500
39 Oakland 8,677 $23,228 $73,429
40 East Liberty 5,534 $29,036 $71,800
41 Chartiers City 383 $39,375 $67,400
42 East Allegheny 2,166 $23,192 $100,650
43 Bluff 5,208 $43,245 $18,575
44 Upper Lawrenceville 2,677 $39,193 $60,867
45 Beechview 8,186 $40,324 $77,870
46 Upper Hill 1,914 $30,228 $128,133
47 Polish Hill 1,625 $37,092 $101,533
48 Fairywood 1,198 $70,673 $52,800
49 Summer Hill 1,112 $56,691 $89,700
50 Crafton Heights 3,715 $39,431 $79,225
51 Bon Air 822 $66,591 $77,000
52 Point Breeze North 1,801 $37,180 $135,975
53 Lower Lawrenceville 2,189 $39,806 $126,400
54 Manchester 1,778 $35,227 $93,750
55 Overbrook 3,647 $50,809 $76,120
56 North Shore 162 $62,786 $49,300
57 Oakwood 1,081 $33,750 $94,000
58 Central Lawrenceville 4,317 $47,822 $78,067
59 Ridgemont 274 $41,346 $93,300
60 Brookline 13,182 $50,118 $83,707
61 Allegheny Center 1,177 $33,057 $144,800
62 Swisshelm Park 1,128 $58,409 $119,600
63 North Oakland 9,757 $22,842 $151,583
64 Mount Washington 8,618 $45,791 $89,420
65 Southside Slopes 4,712 $43,152 $90,875
66 Stanton Heights 4,967 $50,298 $106,225
67 Duquesne Heights 2,535 $66,209 $101,200
68 Allegheny West 267 $44,167 $147,900
69 Friendship 1,762 $40,223 $88,750
70 Westwood 3,476 $56,979 $108,000
71 Brighton Heights 7,107 $51,720 $98,014
72 Central Northside 2,887 $38,152 $149,033
73 Highland Park 6,887 $51,463 $167,500
74 Central Business District 3,117 $92,096 $226,783
75 Bloomfield 8,758 $40,709 $130,000
76 Banksville 4,072 $59,644 $141,150
77 Strip District 599 $73,214 $244,600
78 Regent Square 927 $77,054 $232,800
79 Morningside 2,984 $50,300 $114,225
80 Southside Flats 5,573 $54,425 $169,367
81 Greenfield 7,373 $60,480 $128,878
82 Squirrel Hill South 15,298 $68,915 $233,986
83 Point Breeze 5,345 $96,337 $259,671
84 Shadyside 13,384 $49,185 $336,571
85 Squirrel Hill North 11,765 $100,402 $378,340

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