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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 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
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $44,375 (11th worst)
Median Income: $21,417 (7th worst)
More on Larimer: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,700 (2worst)
Median Income: $20,000 (5th worst)
More on California-Kirkbride: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $63,900 (29th worst)
Median Income: $12,742 (worst)
More on Northview Heights: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $18,500 (worst)
Median Income: $24,700 (14th worst)
More on Homewood West: Data
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
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $39,800 (5th worst)
Median Income: $25,650 (16th worst)
More on East Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,600 (18th worst)
Median Income: $34,861 (27th worst)
More on Saint Clair: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $40,250 (6th worst)
Median Income: $21,070 (6th worst)
More on Homewood South: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $40,325 (7th worst)
Median Income: $33,514 (24th worst)
More on Beltzhoover: Data
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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