Pittsburgh, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    306,062
  • Population Density
    5,246 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    58 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    436 3.3
Pittsburgh is a large city in Pennsylvania with 306,062 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 436 reviews
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    • 5
    Crime & Safety at Lawrenceville - Central: I feel very safe in the neighborhood. I have not witnessed or heard of much crime. My neighbors all look out for each other and if something suspicious is occurring, the neighbors on the block make their presence known.
    • 5
    Overall Experience at Lawrenceville - Central: The Lawrenceville is one of the most unique neighborhoods in the city. It has everything a young person would want including parks, businesses, and restaurants. The neighborhood maintains a diversity and uniqueness that contributes to a highly progressive environment. The architecture of the buildings is classic and exhibits the neighborhood's history.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Garfield: The cops will come quickly for white business owners. Kids from the DIY punk club are visible and often noisy but you only see local children briefly when walking to or from the bus. Very segregated.
    • 2
    Overall Experience at Garfield: It almost feels like a city. The cost of living is lower but so is quality of life. Public transportation is a joke.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Greenfield: There's very little theft in this area, but there's a lot of domestic incidents, and residents who have been here forever with no respect for personal space or property. I am afraid to walk into my home late at night because of the neighbor.

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Squirrel Hill South 14,519
Brookline 13,749
Shadyside 13,312
Squirrel Hill North 12,566
Carrick 10,075
North Oakland 9,400
Bloomfield 9,228
Mount Washington 9,219
Brighton Heights 8,167
Beechview 7,946
Greenfield 7,355
East Liberty 6,236
Southside Flats 6,160
Highland Park 6,031
Marshall-Shadeland 5,849
Point Breeze 5,754
Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar 4,963
Central Oakland 4,935
Stanton Heights 4,850
Bluff 4,835
Sheraden 4,716
Banksville 4,521
Southside Slopes 4,446
Lawrenceville - Central 4,222
Perry North 4,191
Overbrook 4,170
Knoxville 4,030
Garfield 4,017
Crafton Heights 3,997
Perry South 3,978
Hazelwood 3,721
Downtown (Central Business District) 3,720
Lincoln Place 3,228
Westwood 3,164
South Oakland 3,103
Morningside 3,091
Terrace Village 2,988
Homewood North 2,946
East Hills 2,880
Central Northside 2,678
East Allegheny Center 2,554
West Oakland 2,457
Duquesne Heights 2,424
Lawrenceville - Upper 2,365
Allentown 2,335
Lawrenceville - Lower 2,250
Elliott 2,237
Spring Hill City View 2,206
Homewood South 2,174
Crawford Roberts 2,149
Manchester 2,075
Beltzhoover 2,073
Upper Hill 1,935
Point Breeze North 1,875
Arlington 1,780
Larimer 1,744
Middle Hill 1,730
Troy Hill 1,619
Northview Heights 1,529
Windgap 1,410
Friendship 1,387
Fineview 1,305
Swisshelm Park 1,300
Polish Hill 1,256
Spring Garden 1,165
Summer Hill 1,150
New Homestead 1,108
Oakwood 1,073
Homewood West 1,037
Allegheny Center 1,025
California/Kirkbride 1,023
Regent Square 1,002
Bedford Dwellings 917
Saint Clair 770
Fairywood 694
Hays 652
East Carnegie 591
Mt. Oliver 564
Calvary Cemetery 491
Strip District 452
Brunos Island 412
Chartiers City 393
Allegheny West 310
Ridgemont 304
West End 296
Esplen 229
North Shore 187
Chateau 145
Washington's Landing/Herrs Island 137
Al-Co-San 101
South Shore 18

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Mount Oliver 3,402
3.33 Brentwood 9,638
3.33 Reserve Township 3,331
3.33 Millvale 3,739
4.00 Baldwin Township 2,019
4.00 Baldwin 19,777
4.33 Dormont 8,589
4.33 Whitehall 13,943
4.00 Castle Shannon 8,309
4.00 Green Tree 4,428
3.00 West Homestead 1,780
3.33 Etna 3,447
3.00 Homestead 3,164
4.33 Mount Lebanon Township 33,072
4.00 Ingram 3,329
3.66 Shaler Township 28,768
4.00 Crafton 5,947
3.00 Munhall 11,389
4.00 Sharpsburg 3,440
2.66 McKees Rocks 6,097
4.00 Ross Township 31,120
3.66 Bellevue 8,352
3.00 Swissvale 8,975
3.33 Rosslyn Farms 498
4.00 Scott Township 17,013
3.00 Stowe Township 6,347
4.33 Aspinwall 2,801
3.33 West Mifflin 20,307
3.66 Wilkinsburg 15,943
4.33 O'Hara Township 8,458
3.66 Kennedy Township 7,764
4.33 Fox Chapel 5,390
4.00 Robinson Township 13,440
3.33 Penn Hills Township 42,361

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Cleveland 394,335
4.00 Columbus 800,594
3.66 Philadelphia 1,536,704
3.33 Cincinnati 297,150
3.33 Buffalo 260,568

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 15221 31,099
4.00 15236 29,836
4.00 15206 29,098
3.66 15212 28,243
4.00 15213 28,400
3.33 15227 28,399
4.00 15217 27,439
3.33 15210 27,573
4.00 15216 23,054
3.66 15205 22,459
3.66 15120 18,952
3.66 15220 17,637
3.66 15219 15,410
3.33 15214 14,535
3.66 15234 14,146
3.66 15226 13,715
3.66 15218 13,877
3.66 15215 12,834
4.00 15201 13,688
3.33 15207 11,245
3.66 15211 11,428
4.00 15232 11,894
4.00 15224 10,148
4.33 15203 10,134
3.66 15208 9,941
3.00 15204 7,647
3.66 15233 4,387
4.33 15222 3,550

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 Middle, 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 Middle, 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 Pa 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
4.00 Sewickley Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 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
3.66 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
3.33 Grace Non-Traditional Christian Academy Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Oakland School Private 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Vincentian Academy Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Central Catholic High School Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 Middle, High
The Bradley Center Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Oakland Catholic High School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 Middle, High
2.66 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
Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy Private, Religious 8-12 Middle, High
2.33 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

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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 64.73% 63.25% 79.00% 86.79% 46.23% 49.00% 34.51% 59.09% 36.59%
African American 25.08% 12.23% 10.47% 8.11% 36.95% 43.16% 51.52% 27.41% 42.02%
Asian 4.61% 4.83% 2.84% 1.86% 3.80% 1.99% 1.60% 4.17% 6.45%
Multiracial 2.65% 2.05% 1.50% 1.66% 2.56% 2.36% 2.16% 3.26% 1.78%
Hispanic 2.59% 16.62% 5.92% 1.37% 9.71% 3.06% 9.82% 5.60% 12.67%
Other 0.18% 0.19% 0.14% 0.12% 0.25% 0.17% 0.14% 0.27% 0.30%
Native American 0.14% 0.66% 0.11% 0.09% 0.47% 0.24% 0.25% 0.17% 0.18%
Pacific Islander 0.04% 0.16% 0.02% 0.01% 0.04% 0.02% 0.01% 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% 11% 9% 10%
18 to 24 years 18% 10% 10% 9% 13% 14% 11% 13% 13%
25 to 34 years 18% 13% 12% 12% 15% 17% 14% 19% 17%
35 to 44 years 10% 13% 12% 12% 12% 11% 12% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 12% 14% 15% 15% 13% 13% 15% 12% 13%
55 to 64 years 11% 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 10% 14% 11% 8% 18% 16% 23% 12% 19%
High school diploma or equivalent 30% 28% 37% 36% 28% 26% 33% 26% 35%
Some college or associate degree 25% 29% 24% 26% 30% 27% 29% 29% 23%
Bachelor's degree 18% 18% 17% 19% 13% 19% 9% 22% 14%
Master's degree or higher 17% 11% 11% 11% 11% 13% 6% 11% 10%

Gender

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Male 48.2% 49.2% 48.8% 48.4% 47.6% 47.9% 47.5% 48.7% 47.2%
Female 51.8% 50.8% 51.2% 51.6% 52.4% 52.1% 52.5% 51.3% 52.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Philadelphia, PA
Rent 51.2% 35.1% 30.2% 29.8% 57.8% 60.2% 55.1% 53.1% 46.7%
Own 48.8% 64.9% 69.8% 70.2% 42.2% 39.8% 44.9% 46.9% 53.3%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Philadelphia, PA
Assault 383.6 278.9 215.9 196.0 670.4 319.4 459.7 514.2
Murder 14.6 5.0 5.7 4.8 18.2 23.6 14.1 15.9
Rape 25.4 15.3 56.0 67.1 107.1 82.3
Robbery 310.8 159.8 154.5 96.4 510.8 543.0 896.8 486.9

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Pittsburgh, PA United States Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Metro Area Buffalo, NY Cincinnati, OH Cleveland, OH Philadelphia, PA
Burglary 706.4 573.5 419.4 350.5 1336.2 1843.9 2122.2 670.1
Larceny 2359.3 2079.6 1744.4 1450.8 3120.7 3537.4 2771.0 2398.5
Motor vehicle theft 200.2 235.5 131.1 77.0 369.8 430.4 1059.9 372.9

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°
  • 81°
    62°
  • 74°
    54°
  • 63°
    43°
  • 51°
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  • 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"

  • Jan
  • 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 47 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 19% Not sure
  • 13% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 57 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 61 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 49 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 52 responses

  • 10% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 35% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 52% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 4% 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 24 responses

  • 25% Very accepting.
  • 54% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 17% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 4% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 71 responses

  • 10% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 61% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 25% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 4% 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 17 responses

  • 24% I love everything about it.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% 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 11 responses

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