Absolute worst, hands down, Homewood and all wards in a 5 mi radius (other than if you cross over Penn into Point Breeze). Just listen to the news. That being said, that isn't too far from East Liberty which is starting to get gentrified. But as you can imagine you get spill-over. Just like someone mentioned about getting their car taken in Friendship... Go figure, it's 2 mi. Away from Garfield.
Next crappiest: Hill District, even though it's kind of emptying out... Sort of vacant, but historically the worst part of Pittsburgh.
3rd crappiest: entire Northside behind central Northside. I hesitate to say that because I'm covering a lot of area with this statement, but in general.
4th tier: just in total decline with some crime; Mt. Washington (South) it gets worse and worse the further off Grandview ave that you go then you hit: Allentown, beltzhoover, Knoxville, Southside slopes sucks too., hazel wood can be put in this category too and far north Northside (Brighton Heights, Perry North)
5th tier: just in decline... For sure just to get crappier or stay crappy: west end, sheraden, esplen... Swissvale looks ok but seems to be heading in tge wrong direction. Troy hill too
Nicest areas? Squirrel Hill (north of Forbes), shadyside. Super nice areas but thanks to the over abundance of crappy people in crapiy areas you always hear about bank robberies in SH and assaults on Shadyside.
Want something different (or even a big house) in a ok area? Highland park, allegheny west, Southside if you are young (but annoying because if the bar scene), Lawrenceville if you like a little more quiet, Mt. Washington (close to Grandview) seems to have a lot of 20 something young professionals
No comment: Bloomfield (seems ok?), Stanton heights (never hear anything good or bad... Don't really know). Oakland is just college kids
Outside if the city:
Stay the hell away from: Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, Duquesne, Braddock
Getting crappy: penn hills, McKees Rocks, n versailles, carrick
Nothing bad reported but I wouldn't invest my $ (people will prob disagree, just my observation) Crafton, Coraopolis (old part), Carnegie, lower Ross Park, Avalon/bellvue (along 65), Millville, parts of Monroeville, West Mifflin, forest hills and Churchill (once really nice... And still cute and maintained, but hit my the merger into the crap woodland hills school district)
Good investment (not so expensive...young families) Brookline, mt pleasant, dormont, whitehall, moon two/Robinson, glenshaw, north huntingdon, plum, aspinwall, Ohio twp, Chartiers/Bridgeville
Nice: mt Lebanon, entire north hills and Hampton ( can get some good deals, most really nice) moon, murrysville, Sewickley area, upper st Clair, Fox chapel
the whole north side
Westside: Sheraden and Eliot, don't kno much about the west
Eastside: Pretty much the whole area if u wanna move to pittsburh then the safest would be the southside since carrick isn't neccessarily bad but they want to be, there's also brentwood, beachview places like that
spring hill and troy hill
i live in spring hill now and the kids that live in the projects break out my car windows for fun throw rocks at my house for no reason and my son who is gonna be 8 has been in at least 6 fighs this school year alon
There are too many factors that go into a person's choice of where to live that I don't think anybody can answer it for you. There are a couple of great websites for the area including http://www.visitpittsburgh.com; http://www.presentingpittsburgh.com; http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us; http://www.city-data.com.
Good Luck...the internet is so handy for getting information of all sorts...Also, check out the local newspaper online http://www.postgazette.com !
Not really in the city, but close enough. Parents in these communities are so wrapped up in self image and the image of their family, that they neglect to teach their kids core values. The drugs in these school districts are just as present as in Westinghouse, Peabody and Carrick, if not more so. But again, because parents are so concerned about image, they do whatever it takes to mask these problems. Teen pregnancy rates are only higher in the city because they are not as educated in birthcontrol as the teens in the suburbs. There are plenty of teens in the suburbs that are sexually active, and they would contribute to the statistics, had their parents not 'taken care of it.'
Neighborhoods such as Manchester, Northview Heights, Perry Hilltop, Perry North and Perry South Fineview, troy Hill, Brighton Heights, Woodsrun. Drugs and Drive-byes are a everyday issue.
I will agree however, its cliquish..if your not catholic or can do something for someone, your find yourself with very few friends, but that does not mean they are not out there, its just hard to find people when you do not attend church or can do something for someone...but remember this is EVERYWHERE!
I would stay far away from the following....due to possible loss of life and injury and bad schools...
Woodland School District (which includes some nice areas that are now going downhill
City Schools except maybe the magnet schools
Mt OLiver and spring hill and all the ones except what the first poster had posted!
MT LEBO and Upper ST CLair and Bethel PArk and peters twnp is what is left around here as being safe and family friendly....anywhere else there are alot of iffy areas...