These Are The 10 Worst Pittsburgh Neighborhoods


We used science and data to determine which Pittsburgh neighborhoods 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 Point Breeze ranks way above the rest.

We examined 90 of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places dont quite measure up to Pittsburgh’s reputation:

  1. Larimer
  2. Bedford Dwellings
  3. Homewood West
  4. Saint Clair
  5. Arlington
  6. Esplen
  7. East Hills
  8. Fine View
  9. Beltzhoover
  10. Homewood North

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.

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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. Using data from AreaVibes, 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 by AreaVibes)
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Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Pittsburgh for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each crtieria 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 90 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: 1,742
Median Income: $23,040
Median Home Value: $29,525

2. Bedford Dwellings

Population: 1,021
Median Income: $9,375
Median Home Value: $24,600

3. Homewood West

Population: 883
Median Income: $14,913
Median Home Value: $31,000

4. Saint Clair

Population: 524
Median Income: $22,679
Median Home Value: $38,700

5. Arlington

Population: 1,678
Median Income: $27,954
Median Home Value: $43,767

6. Esplen

Population: 157
Median Income: $26,838
Median Home Value: $27,300

7. East Hills

Population: 2,820
Median Income: $20,438
Median Home Value: $49,033

8. Fine View

Population: 1,249
Median Income: $18,876
Median Home Value: $56,150

9. Beltzhoover

Population: 2,126
Median Income: $28,412
Median Home Value: $37,525

10. Homewood North

Population: 3,263
Median Income: $23,695
Median Home Value: $34,840

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. Point Breeze takes the cake as the best place to live in Pittsburgh.

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

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Detailed List Of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Larimer 1 1,742 $23,040 $29,525
Bedford Dwellings 2 1,021 $9,375 $24,600
Homewood West 3 883 $14,913 $31,000
Saint Clair 4 524 $22,679 $38,700
Arlington 5 1,678 $27,954 $43,767
Esplen 6 157 $26,838 $27,300
East Hills 7 2,820 $20,438 $49,033
Fine View 8 1,249 $18,876 $56,150
Beltzhoover 9 2,126 $28,412 $37,525
Homewood North 10 3,263 $23,695 $34,840
Homewood South 11 2,250 $23,198 $48,550
Terrace Village 12 2,864 $17,744 $41,266
Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 13 4,867 $30,792 $63,080
Hays 14 461 $30,714 $46,700
Perry South 15 3,946 $27,985 $61,650
Spring Hill-City View 16 2,446 $21,920 $64,700
Hazelwood 17 3,903 $33,787 $60,700
Northview Heights 18 1,540 $13,125 $0
Sheraden 19 5,258 $33,340 $57,871
California-Kirkbride 20 1,037 $11,367 $76,000
Garfield 21 3,961 $23,779 $66,700
East Carnegie 22 597 $41,471 $75,100
West Oakland 23 2,090 $27,082 $63,600
Elliott 24 2,397 $37,707 $77,300
Arlington Heights 25 345 $10,127 $0
West End 26 176 $35,714 $0
Spring Garden 27 924 $41,941 $66,000
Upper Hill 28 1,836 $29,961 $60,100
Crawford Roberts 29 2,269 $13,734 $91,700
Mount Oliver 30 3,327 $30,059 $51,325
Brundis Island 31 457 $0 $0
Marshall-Shadeland 32 5,483 $32,716 $51,950
Bluff 33 4,794 $26,034 $32,600
Glen Hazel 34 516 $12,906 $0
Allentown 35 2,608 $38,659 $56,075
Knoxville 36 4,292 $34,630 $47,550
Upper Lawrenceville 37 2,330 $39,001 $57,133
Lower Lawrenceville 38 2,035 $34,156 $72,300
Fairywood 39 678 $40,250 $71,400
Middle Hill 40 1,782 $23,709 $77,600
East Liberty 41 5,763 $26,870 $76,457
Carrick 42 9,729 $38,997 $68,160
East Allegheny 43 2,203 $19,754 $91,750
Chartiers City 44 395 $50,089 $50,800
Crafton Heights 45 3,545 $38,883 $81,925
Manchester 46 1,985 $29,814 $93,800
Beechview 47 7,783 $37,064 $75,420
Troy Hill 48 1,814 $36,329 $59,200
Wind Gap 49 1,465 $42,638 $76,900
Herrs Island 50 262 $35,069 $62,000
Polish Hill 51 1,520 $31,578 $87,633
Perry North 52 4,080 $44,519 $97,360
Mt Oliver 53 575 $41,799 $61,400
Ridgemont 54 286 $31,250 $93,200
Oakland 55 7,913 $22,518 $106,000
Allegheny Center 56 916 $30,218 $118,300
Overbrook 57 3,840 $49,510 $77,860
Summer Hill 58 1,067 $51,429 $96,600
Central Lawrenceville 59 4,228 $42,724 $82,320
Lincoln Place 60 3,272 $51,554 $71,220
Point Breeze North 61 1,985 $31,469 $120,825
Swisshelm Park 62 1,158 $58,854 $117,500
Oakwood 63 1,036 $31,678 $100,600
Bon Air 64 804 $62,083 $68,100
South Shore 65 23 $160,750 $0
Brookline 66 12,936 $49,811 $83,453
Brighton Heights 67 7,952 $47,547 $87,329
Allegheny West 68 279 $38,750 $102,100
Central Northside 69 2,857 $44,517 $110,300
Stanton Heights 70 4,702 $49,086 $104,125
Friendship 71 1,602 $35,117 $170,500
Westwood 72 3,015 $57,946 $120,500
Mount Washington 73 9,192 $56,630 $103,111
North Shore 74 175 $61,562 $102,100
North Oakland 75 9,719 $22,539 $192,780
Bloomfield 76 9,023 $36,338 $115,780
Duquesne Heights 77 2,452 $65,700 $108,900
Morningside 78 3,077 $43,341 $115,975
Southside Slopes 79 4,675 $44,133 $116,550
Greenfield 80 7,327 $54,875 $116,722
Banksville 81 4,278 $62,146 $123,300
Strip District 82 525 $65,000 $345,500
Southside Flats 83 5,454 $45,498 $136,583
Regent Square 84 790 $75,357 $226,100
Central Business District 85 3,393 $55,064 $258,875
Highland Park 86 6,087 $57,627 $188,300
Squirrel Hill South 87 14,679 $61,235 $265,600
Shadyside 88 14,067 $50,665 $302,571
Squirrel Hill North 89 11,979 $92,363 $421,444
Point Breeze 90 5,396 $102,308 $282,183
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