Pittsburgh’s certainly earned the title of “The Most Liveable City” But, did you know that in 2015
Metropolis Magazine named Pittsburgh one of the most livable cities in the world for its historic preservation, and because the city has more “certified green building square footage” than any other city in the U.S.? And within this most liveable city in the world, you’ll find plenty of amazing neighborhoods in which to live. Here are the 10 best places to live in Pittsburgh:
1. Highland Park
With its tree-lined streets and close-knit community, Highland Park attracts a diverse population, including families and college students. The lively community lays claim to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Highland Park, a 500 acre wonderland that features plenty of hiking, biking, and jogging trails, a Super Playground, a spectacular fountain, and historic monuments. Parents have numerous educational options for students in K-12 with several public, charter, and Montessori schools in the neighborhood.
2. Squirrel Hill
Both families and college students find a peaceful haven in the family-oriented community of Squirrel Hill, which is also known as the center of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. Squirrel Hill promises plenty of activity within close proximity to downtown Pittsburgh while still maintaining a traditional neighborhood feel. The community features locally owned and brand name stores and restaurants, a movie theater, a branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and several options for parents sending K-12 children to school.
Shadyside appeals to a diverse community of college students, families, professionals, artists, and animal lovers. (Numerous shops and restaurants in the neighborhood are dog-friendly). Charming Victorian homes sit alongside modern buildings on tree-lined streets, and shoppers and diners flock to the quaint Walnut Street. Education plays a big part of the Shadyside community with Chatham University and numerous K-12 schools in the neighborhood. Shadyside is also home to UMPC's Shadyside Hospital.
4. Downtown Pittsburgh
Downtown Pittsburgh, which once closed up shop at 5 p.m. when the workday ended, has transformed into a popular living and entertainment spot, especially for those in their 20s. Downtown offers plenty of apartment and condo living at such buildings as Market Square Place and Park View. Although somewhat more expensive than the suburbs, downtown living promises convenience to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and sporting events without the harrowing commute from the outlying burbs.
5. Regent Square
Regent Square, a popular neighborhood with families and singles, offers the perfect location – only 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and just about the same distance to the east suburbs of Churchill, Monroeville, and Murrysville. Outdoor enthusiasts have Frick Park's trails while kids and athletes have Frick Park's playgrounds, soccer fields, and tennis courts. The charming neighborhood features renovated Victorian homes, shops, and restaurants.
College students from around the world flock to Oakland to attend its world renowned universities, including Carnegie Mellon University. Oakland has become an educational and a medical hub. Those who live in Oakland can easily commute via bike, bus, or by walking, and will find everything they need – restaurants, shops, the Carnegie Museums, the Carnegie Library, universities, UPMC, and Magee Women's Hospital. The eclectic community also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year.
The home of Pittsburgh's Little Italy, Bloomfield is a mixing pot of cultures with a strong Italian, Polish, and German prescence in the community. The lively working class neighborhood, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, attracts families, artists, and others who crave life in a close-knit community. The neighborhood features restored homes dating back to the 19th century and is within walking distance of Pittsburgh's Business District.
Friendliness, affordability, and easy access characterize the vibrant neighbhorhood of Lawrenceville. The community, popular with both singles and families, features plenty of shops and restaurants as well as the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Owning a vehicle isn't necessary in Lawrenceville as just about everything is within easy walking or biking distance, and getting downtown simply means hopping on the bus for the brief 10 to 15 minute ride.
9. The Strip District
The Strip District beckons those in search of hip, modern living in luxury loft apartments and condos, or more modest townhomes. Within walking distance of downtown, the Strip District is a cultural mecca of unique restaurants, shops, markets, and the Heinz History Center. The Strip also features a vibrant nightlife.
10. Mount Washington
Mount Washington typically attracts young families and singles in their 20s and 30s. The lively neighborhood with the stunning views of Pittsburgh features an array of 19th, 20th, and 21st century homes with a mix of restaurants, shops, and parks. Mount Washington provides easy access to downtown Pittsburgh.