The Best Places to Live in and Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted by Helene McQuaide on 1st April 2020

Choosing the perfect place to put down roots is a lot easier when you live around Pittsburgh. Allegheny County and the surrounding areas are home to hundreds of vibrant neighborhoods that offer parks, playgrounds, shops and offer convenient access to highways and public transportation. If you’re considering making a move soon, you’ll want to add these places to your search list.

Mt. Lebanon

Pittsburgh Magazine named Mt. Lebanon the best neighborhood in Pittsburgh in its September 2019 issue. The magazine considered a variety of factors in making the designation, including tree coverage, voter turnout, number of adults with college degrees, and the presence of coffee shops, microbreweries, libraries and farmers market. With four coffee shops, three farmers markets and a high percentage of adults with degrees, Mt. Lebanon was the clear winner.

The township also offers nature trails, a park system, a tennis center, ice rink, outdoor pool and nine-hole golf course. Stores and restaurants are just a short drive away no matter where you live in Mt. Lebanon – and so is work. Downtown Pittsburgh is just seven miles away. Meandering, tree-lined streets feature gracious historic homes and an ample selection of newer houses. The township is particularly popular with families, thanks to its highly rated school district.


A true Pittsburgh rags-to-riches story, Lawrenceville has transformed from a gritty manufacturing hub to a sophisticated, trendy neighborhood in the past few years. Originally a hot spot for millennials, other age groups are also gravitating to the neighborhood.

Most homes in Lawrenceville are just a short stroll from the commercial district, which features bars, restaurants, art galleries, stores, and a movie theater and bowling alley. The location is a convenient home base if you work in downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, Shadyside or Oakland. Homes are older and may need a few renovations but offer an excellent value.

Squirrel Hill South

Rated the third best neighborhood by, Squirrel Hill South offers a short commute to downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and abundant recreational opportunities. Two of Pittsburgh’s most popular parks, Schenley and Frick. border the neighborhood. The parks are the places to visit if you want to hike a wooded trail, play golf, challenge your friends to a tennis match or enjoy a summer concert.

Squirrel Hill feels like an old-fashioned town with upgraded amenities. On weekends and evenings, you’ll find residents strolling about the business district on Forbes and Murray Avenues. The district provides a convenient place to shop for groceries, enjoy a cup of coffee or celebrate a special occasion with a meal at a local restaurant. With many services and amenities in walking distance, residents can leave their cars at home on the weekends if they want. You’ll find a mix of homes in Squirrel Hill, ranging from graceful Georgians and Tudors to equally charming newer homes.

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