Pittsburgh, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    306,045
  • Population Density
    5,246 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    58 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    489 3.3
Pittsburgh is a large city in Pennsylvania with 306,045 residents. It has very low home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.3 from 489 reviews
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    • 2
    Crime & Safety at Central Northside: This area is continuing to improve but recently the killings and shootings have gotten worse
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Central Northside: Its hard to rate because i've spent all my life here and the community is getting better but for for people on the outside looking in this place can be viewed as dangerous
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Brookline: I usually don't see the police around too much but seeing as the crime rate is not that high in this area, they seem to be not needed as often as other places might need them. I generally feel safe walking around the area at all times of day or night. One concern I have is the Las Palmas store on Brookline Blvd. They have been subject to demeaning graffiti twice over that needs to be stopped and is very unfair to people simply trying to run a business. Some efforts have been made to clean up or cover the vandalism twice but people continue doing this.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Brookline: This area seems to be thriving with an ever-diversifying population. Many different ethnicities are constantly moving in and some even open up stores for others to experience. The crime rate doesn't seem too bad in this area and the environment is generally clean. I love living in this city/neighborhood and would definately choose to live here again.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Central Northside: Police station is down the street. Always around. I feel safe.

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Squirrel Hill South 19,212
Carrick 18,023
Shadyside 17,131
Brookline 15,600
Squirrel Hill North 12,414
Beechview 10,687
Point Breeze 10,673
Mount Washington 10,407
North Oakland 9,802
Lincoln Place 9,502
Greenfield 9,295
Bloomfield 8,794
South Side Flats 7,520
Highland Park 7,454
Brighton Heights 7,344
Knoxville 7,188
Westwood 7,105
Morningside 6,850
Marshall-Shadeland 6,628
Central Oakland 6,499
East Liberty 6,414
Central Lawrenceville 6,237
Hazelwood 6,167
Banksville 6,085
Bluff 6,027
Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 5,910
Overbrook 5,731
Stanton Heights 5,652
Perry North 5,553
Sheraden 5,398
South Side Slopes 5,229
Garfield 5,186
Summer Hill 5,142
Homewood North 4,835
Perry South 4,730
New Homestead 4,670
Crafton Heights 4,434
East Hills 4,364
Regent Square 4,198
Central Business District 4,086
Central Northside 4,056
South Oakland 3,894
Friendship 3,846
Homewood South 3,607
Point Breeze North 3,547
Arlington 3,487
Allentown 3,447
Duquesne Heights 3,355
Terrace Village 3,355
Crawford-Roberts 3,354
Upper Hill 3,104
Hays 3,062
Fineview 2,995
Troy Hill 2,984
Spring Hill-City View 2,979
East Carnegie 2,950
Beltzhoover 2,862
Middle Hill 2,860
Windgap 2,835
Upper Lawrenceville 2,815
Elliott 2,727
Lower Lawrenceville 2,552
West Oakland 2,550
Oakwood 2,531
Glen Hazel 2,516
Spring Garden 2,499
California-Kirkbride 2,360
East Allegheny 2,271
Manchester 2,178
Northview Heights 2,090
Fairywood 1,894
Larimer 1,655
St. Clair 1,638
Bedford Dwellings 1,617
Polish Hill 1,453
Ridgemont 1,431
Swisshelm Park 1,286
Homewood West 1,226
Allegheny Center 1,144
Chartiers City 1,128
Arlington Heights 1,075
Bon Air 832
Strip District 689
Mt. Oliver 532
Allegheny West 340
West End 275
Esplen 273
North Shore 187
South Shore 12

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Mount Oliver 3,400
3.33 Brentwood 9,625
3.33 Reserve Township 3,325
3.33 Millvale 3,740
4.00 Baldwin Township 1,987
4.00 Baldwin 19,791
4.33 Dormont 8,565
4.33 Whitehall 13,931
4.00 Castle Shannon 8,317
4.00 Green Tree 4,542
3.00 West Homestead 1,798
3.33 Etna 3,446
3.00 Homestead 3,157
4.33 Mount Lebanon Township 33,085
4.00 Ingram 3,310
3.66 Shaler Township 28,736
4.00 Crafton 5,931
3.00 Munhall 11,355
4.00 Sharpsburg 3,436
2.66 McKees Rocks 6,088
4.00 Ross Township 31,108
3.66 Bellevue 8,338
3.00 Swissvale 8,963
3.33 Rosslyn Farms 445
4.00 Scott Township 17,017
3.00 Stowe Township 6,351
4.33 Aspinwall 2,794
3.33 West Mifflin 20,271
3.66 Wilkinsburg 15,894
4.33 O'Hara Township 8,499
3.66 Kennedy Township 7,839
4.33 Fox Chapel 5,397
4.00 Robinson Township 13,549
3.33 Penn Hills Township 42,292

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Cleveland 392,114
4.00 Columbus 811,943
3.66 Philadelphia 1,546,920
3.33 Cincinnati 297,117
3.33 Buffalo 259,959

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 15221 31,046
4.00 15236 29,894
4.00 15206 29,196
3.66 15212 27,620
4.00 15213 28,417
3.33 15227 28,273
4.00 15217 27,550
3.33 15210 27,290
4.00 15216 23,092
3.66 15205 22,676
3.66 15120 18,678
3.66 15220 17,643
3.66 15219 15,624
3.33 15214 14,804
3.66 15234 14,353
3.66 15226 13,842
3.66 15218 13,815
3.66 15215 12,494
4.00 15201 13,162
3.33 15207 11,962
3.66 15211 11,186
4.00 15232 11,451
4.00 15224 10,780
4.33 15203 9,992
3.66 15208 9,844
3.00 15204 8,077
3.66 15233 4,220
4.33 15222 3,638

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.00 Baldwin-Whitehall School District 5
3.00 Pittsburgh School District 61

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.33 City Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.00 CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts Public 6-12 Middle, High
Conroy Education Center Public K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Baldwin Senior High School Public 8-12 Middle, High
3.66 Harrison Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.66 McAnnulty Elementary School Public K-1 Elementary
3.66 Paynter Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Allderdice High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Whitehall Elementary School Public 2-5 Elementary
3.33 Propel Charter School - McKeesport Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Propel Charter School - East Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.66 Environmental Charter School at Frick Park Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
2.66 Propel Charter School - Braddock Hills Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy Public PK, 6-12 Pre-K, Middle, High
3.00 Dilworth Traditional Academy Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Whittier Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Greenfield School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
2.66 Sterrett Classical Academy Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Carmalt Academy of Science & Technology Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Phillips Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Fulton Academy of Geographic & Life Sciences Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Banksville Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Barack Obama Academy of International Studies Public 6-12 Middle, High
3.33 Propel Charter School - Montour Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 Brookline School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Sewickley Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Shady Side Academy Private, Boarding PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Holy Family Institute - Pittsburgh Private, Religious, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Winchester Thurston School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Wesley Spectrum Integrated Services Private, Special Education K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Faith Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Auberle Education Center Private, Special Education 8-12 Middle, High
3.66 Grace Non-Traditional Christian Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Vincentian Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.33 Central Catholic High School Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
The Bradley Center Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Oakland Catholic High School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
3.33 Eden Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Friendship Academy Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
ACLD Tillotson School Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy Private, Religious 8-12 Middle, High
3.00 Wesley Spectrum Academy Private, Special Education 4-12 Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh
Chatham University
Washington & Jefferson College
Duquesne University
Point Park University
Seton Hill University
Robert Morris University - Pennsylvania
Carlow University
Penn State Beaver
Penn State Greater Allegheny
Penn State New Kensington
La Roche College
University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg
California University of Pennsylvania
Community College of Allegheny County
Westmoreland County Community College
Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Butler County Community College
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Community College of Beaver County
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division
Kaplan Career Institute - Pittsburgh
Everest Institute - Pittsburgh
Sanford-Brown Institute - Pittsburgh

Around Pittsburgh

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
White 65.08% 63.25% 78.54% 86.79% 45.62% 48.79% 34.29% 58.44% 36.20%
African American 24.34% 12.23% 10.51% 8.11% 36.83% 43.27% 51.32% 27.45% 41.76%
Asian 4.80% 4.83% 2.94% 1.86% 4.17% 1.89% 1.69% 4.41% 6.63%
Multiracial 2.79% 2.05% 1.58% 1.66% 2.64% 2.53% 2.29% 3.52% 1.85%
Hispanic 2.66% 16.62% 6.15% 1.37% 10.03% 3.00% 10.05% 5.70% 13.03%
Native American 0.16% 0.66% 0.12% 0.09% 0.42% 0.26% 0.23% 0.16% 0.20%
Other 0.15% 0.19% 0.15% 0.12% 0.25% 0.23% 0.12% 0.29% 0.31%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02% 0.01% 0.03% 0.03% 0% 0.04% 0.02%

Age

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
9 years and under 9% 13% 12% 10% 13% 13% 13% 14% 13%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 10% 9% 10% 9% 10% 9% 9%
18 to 24 years 18% 10% 10% 9% 13% 14% 11% 13% 12%
25 to 34 years 19% 13% 12% 12% 16% 17% 14% 20% 17%
35 to 44 years 10% 13% 12% 12% 12% 11% 12% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 11% 14% 15% 15% 12% 13% 14% 12% 13%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 13% 14% 12% 11% 12% 10% 11%
65 and over 14% 13% 16% 18% 12% 11% 12% 9% 12%

Education Levels

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Less than a high school diploma 9% 14% 11% 8% 17% 15% 23% 12% 19%
High school diploma or equivalent 29% 28% 37% 36% 27% 26% 33% 26% 34%
Some college or associate degree 25% 29% 24% 26% 31% 27% 29% 29% 23%
Bachelor's degree 19% 18% 17% 19% 14% 19% 9% 22% 14%
Master's degree or higher 18% 11% 11% 11% 11% 13% 6% 12% 10%

Gender

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Female 51.5% 50.8% 51.2% 51.6% 52.5% 52.5% 52.4% 51.4% 52.8%
Male 48.5% 49.2% 48.8% 48.4% 47.5% 47.5% 47.6% 48.6% 47.2%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Own 48.8% 64.9% 69.5% 70.2% 41.6% 39.4% 43.5% 45.9% 52.9%
Rent 51.2% 35.1% 30.5% 29.8% 58.4% 60.6% 56.5% 54.1% 47.1%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Assault 425.5 278.9 204.5 196.0 643.5 353.1 424.8 197.9 481.1
Murder 22.4 5.0 5.8 4.8 23.2 20.2 16.2 10.0 15.9
Rape 29.6 13.6 29.3 67.3 76.6 124.0 88.8 77.4
Robbery 320.5 159.8 138.5 96.4 494.2 455.5 769.3 252.5 447.1

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Burglary 692.1 573.5 373.2 350.5 1207.0 1619.2 1787.7 1091.2 621.8
Larceny 2326.6 2079.6 1654.6 1450.8 3235.8 3574.1 2659.2 2807.9 2398.5
Motor vehicle theft 194.1 235.5 121.8 77.0 374.6 368.9 987.5 353.9 367.4

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
36°
21°
39°
23°
49°
30°
62°
40°
71°
49°
79°
58°
82°
63°
81°
62°
74°
54°
63°
43°
51°
35°
39°
25°
Precipitation
2.7"
2.4"
3.0"
3.1"
4.0"
4.3"
3.8"
3.5"
3.1"
2.3"
3.2"
2.8"
Snowfall
11.5"
10.2"
7.4"
1.5"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0.4"
2.1"
8.3"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 36°
    21°
  • 39°
    23°
  • 49°
    30°
  • 62°
    40°
  • 71°
    49°
  • 79°
    58°
  • 82°
    63°
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    62°
  • 74°
    54°
  • 63°
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  • 51°
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  • 39°
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    Precipitation

  • 2.7"
  • 2.4"
  • 3.0"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 2.8"

    Snowfall

  • 11.5"
  • 10.2"
  • 7.4"
  • 1.5"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.4"
  • 2.1"
  • 8.3"

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  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

    Avg. Temps

  • 36°
    21°
  • 39°
    23°
  • 49°
    30°
  • 62°
    40°
  • 71°
    49°
  • 79°
    58°
  • 82°
    63°
  • 81°
    62°
  • 74°
    54°
  • 63°
    43°
  • 51°
    35°
  • 39°
    25°

    Precipitation

  • 2.7"
  • 2.4"
  • 3.0"
  • 3.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.5"
  • 3.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 2.8"

    Snowfall

  • 11.5"
  • 10.2"
  • 7.4"
  • 1.5"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.4"
  • 2.1"
  • 8.3"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 72 responses

  • 67% Yes
  • 21% Not sure
  • 12% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 96 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 104 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 92 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 97 responses

  • 7% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 38% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 46% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 8% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 39 responses

  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 54% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 3% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 125 responses

  • 12% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 61% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 24% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 3% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 41 responses

  • 27% I love everything about it.
  • 63% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 39 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments