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:
- Homewood West
- Bedford Dwellings
- East Hills
- Terrace Village
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.
Median Income: $17,738
Median Home Value: $35,000
Median Income: $19,306
Median Home Value: $46,800
Median Income: $26,541
Median Home Value: $42,840
4. Homewood West
Median Income: $20,560
Median Home Value: $39,000
5. Bedford Dwellings
Median Income: $11,274
Median Home Value: $22,900
Median Income: $28,278
Median Home Value: $33,175
7. East Hills
Median Income: $15,878
Median Home Value: $50,867
8. Terrace Village
Median Income: $16,924
Median Home Value: $24,675
Median Income: $35,258
Median Home Value: $30,525
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
|16||Spring Hill-City View||2,447|
|52||Point Breeze North||1,801|
|74||Central Business District||3,117|
|82||Squirrel Hill South||15,298|
|85||Squirrel Hill North||11,765|