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Based on Hard Data: Best Neighborhoods to Live in Pittsburgh

A website founded by Carnegie Mellon University students is out with its 2016 rankings of Pittsburgh neighborhoods using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources.




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If you were new to Pittsburgh and wanted to live within the city limits, which neighborhood would be best? The answer is likely to vary depending on your circumstances. Are you single? Do you have school-aged children? Are you thinking of retirement and want to move back from the suburbs?

The website Niche.com provides reviews and statistics to help people choose the neighborhood right for them. The site was founded in 2002 by a group of Carnegie Mellon University students and has grown to become one of the largest content startups in the country. 

Each year, the website ranks neighborhoods all across the country on several key factors including location, quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and access to amenities.

Here is how Pittsburgh's neighborhoods ranked in 2016 and what we had to say about them in our 2016 City Guide:
 


photo by john altdorfer
 

#1 Regent Square

Several municipalities lay a claim to a slice of this neighborhood, including Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg, Edgewood and Swissvale; the portion within Pittsburgh is the officially recognized neighborhood of Regent Square. Its South Braddock Avenue business district divides the municipalities but unites the neighborhood, boasting restaurants, bars, bakeries, boutiques and salons.
 


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#2 Squirrel Hill North

The upper half of Squirrel Hill houses Chatham University and portions of Carnegie Mellon University. The leafy residential streets will make you feel as if you’re not in a city at all.
 


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#3 Point Breeze

Stately mansions, particularly Henry Clay Frick’s Clayton, are reminders of this neighborhood’s earlier status as “millionaire’s row” for the city’s captains of commerce and industry. They couldn’t take it with them, even if the grandiose crypts of Homewood Cemetery suggest otherwise.
 

#4 Friendship

Small and mostly residential, Friendship filled a significant vacancy with the transformation of the vacant, former Day Baum Chevrolet dealership into an ALDI supermarket. The neighborhood also is home to Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5.
 

#5 Swisshelm Park

While it lies within the city limits, this residential neighborhood has a very suburban feel. It’s surrounded by Frick Park, the Monongahela River and Swissvale. 

Rounding out the top 10 are:

6. Point Breeze North
7. South Oakland
8. Shadyside
9. Polish Hill
10. Squirrel Hill South

You can read more on how other city neighborhoods stack up here. For more specifics about what neighborhoods both inside and outside of the city have to offer, visit our just-updated 2016 City Guide.
 

 

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