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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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Pittsburgh’s reputation:

  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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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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.

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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

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

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