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
    383 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 383 reviews
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    • 4
    Overall Experience at Homewood West: Overall, I would live in Pittsburgh again. I am currently enrolled in Temple University which is located in Philadelphia. While I'm here, I do miss Pittsburgh a lot because it is smaller than Philadelphia and I'm very familiar with that area. It's like everyone knows everyone so it's perfect for me!
    • 1
    Overall Experience at Greenfield: Im tired of the area, but I have no where else to go.
    • 5
    Overall Experience at Lincoln Place: I love Pittsburgh and would chose to live here. Everything except the weather is perfect.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Greenfield: There are libraries, museums, several sports arenas(football, baseball, hockey, etc), a variety of restaurants, several colleges and universities and most of the people you would encounter here are friendly and interesting.
    • Parent
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Brighton Heights: My neighborhood is seeing an increase in violent crime recently, most of it drug-related. This makes me very nervous for the future of this neighborhood and also other parts of the city. The police have got to watch every step they take now, and I believe that affects how they respond to crimes, sometimeslessening their ability to protect themselves and others. City council is more concerned with trivial, politically correct issues, than the.big ones.

Neighborhoods

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

Nearby Towns

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

Comparable Towns

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

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 15221 31,099
3.66 15236 29,836
3.00 15206 29,098
2.66 15212 28,243
2.66 15213 28,400
3.00 15227 28,399
3.66 15217 27,439
2.33 15210 27,573
3.33 15216 23,054
3.33 15205 22,459
2.66 15120 18,952
3.66 15220 17,637
2.00 15219 15,410
3.00 15214 14,535
3.33 15234 14,146
3.00 15226 13,715
3.00 15218 13,877
3.66 15215 12,834
2.66 15201 13,688
2.66 15207 11,245
2.66 15211 11,428
3.66 15232 11,894
2.66 15224 10,148
3.00 15203 10,134
2.66 15208 9,941
2.33 15204 7,647
2.66 15233 4,387
3.00 15222 3,550
15260 0
15290 0

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.00 Baldwin-Whitehall School District 5
2.66 Pittsburgh School District 67

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 City Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.00 CAPA - Creative & Performing Arts Public 6-12 High
3.00 Conroy Education Center Public PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 Baldwin Senior High School Public 8-12 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, Magnet 9-12 High
3.66 Whitehall Elementary School Public 2-5 Elementary
3.33 Propel Charter School - McKeesport Public, Charter K-8 Elementary
1.66 Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School Public, Charter, Online K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Propel Charter School - East Public, Charter K-8 Elementary
3.00 Environmental Charter School at Frick Pa Public, Charter K-7 Elementary
3.00 Propel Charter School - Braddock Hills Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy Public PK, 6-12 Pre-K, High
2.66 Dilworth Traditional Academy Public, Magnet PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Whittier Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
2.66 Greenfield School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Sterrett Classical Academy Public, Magnet 6-8 Middle
2.66 Carmalt Academy of Science & Technology Public, Magnet PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Phillips Elementary School Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary
2.66 Fulton Academy of Geographic & Life Sciences Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Student Achievement Center Public 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Carnegie Mellon University
4.00 University of Pittsburgh
3.00 Chatham University
3.00 Washington & Jefferson College
3.00 Duquesne University
2.66 Point Park University
2.33 Seton Hill University
2.33 Robert Morris University - Pennsylvania
2.33 Carlow University
2.33 Penn State Beaver
2.33 Penn State Greater Allegheny
2.00 Penn State New Kensington
2.00 La Roche College
2.00 University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg
2.00 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 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°
    35°
  • 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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    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 27 responses

  • 63% Yes
  • 30% Not sure
  • 7% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 15 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 35 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 32 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 37 responses

  • 8% 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.
  • 51% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 3% 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 26 responses

  • 27% Very accepting.
  • 58% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 12% 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 57 responses

  • 11% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 47% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 37% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 5% 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 15 responses

  • 33% I love everything about it.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.