The best places to live in Pittsburgh

With such a wide variety of areas and suburbs in Pittsburgh, expats will have loads of options when it comes to deciding which neighbourhood suits them best. There’s something for everyone – from buzzing inner-city areas to tranquil family-friendly suburbs.

Below are some options worth considering.

City living in Pittsburgh

Liberty avenue


Affectionately known as the ‘Little Italy of Pittsburgh’, Bloomfield is popular among students and young professionals. Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are both nearby, while the downtown area is just a 15-minute drive away. Public transport links are good, and the area is home to numerous authentic Italian restaurants and cafés.


Lawrenceville is considered by many to be Pittsburgh’s major up-and-coming area. Its trendy industrial aesthetic and artsy atmosphere is a major draw for residents, not to mention the very reasonable cost of rental homes in this area. As a bonus, expats moving to Lawrenceville will find they have some of Pittsburgh’s best nightlife right on their doorstep.

Family-friendly suburbs in Pittsburgh

Mount Washington

Mount Washington

Hailed by many as Pittsburgh’s most scenic neighbourhood, Mount Washington offers a stunning panoramic view of the city below. The area has plenty of green spaces and excellent schools. All sorts of accommodation can be found here, from humble apartments and townhouses to spacious family homes and even a few mansions for the well-heeled.

Squirrel Hill

With a number of highly rated schools and over 1,100 acres of parks, Squirrel Hill is the ideal place to raise a family. This lush and affluent neighbourhood is pricey but offers a high quality of life – it’s also one of the most culturally diverse areas in Pittsburgh.