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:
- Bedford Dwellings
- Homewood West
- Saint Clair
- East Hills
- Fine View
- 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.
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)
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.
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
Population: 1,678 Median Income: $27,954
Median Home Value: $43,767
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
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.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
|Spring Hill-City View||16|
|Point Breeze North||61|
|Central Business District||85|
|Squirrel Hill South||87|
|Squirrel Hill North||89|