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City Guide
Iron City

The ‘Burgh is a leftover steel town that feels like a city but operates like a hometown. The average joe’s tech knowledge (and fashion sense) is about ten to fifteen years behind major cities. If you’re coming here from a bustling metropolis, expect to deal with property management companies directly instead of apartment brokers—these are virtually unheard of in these parts.

Apartment hunting here truly is like hunting. Be prepared to commit both time and energy to pounding the pavement in the real world. Drive through the neighborhoods you’re interested in and keep your eyes peeled for the “For Rent” signs. This sounds like the most antiquated thing in the world—and it really might be—but Pittsburghian landlords aren’t exactly Silicon Valley elite. Inexpensive finds are rented out by people from a generation (or two) ago that don’t need or care to figure out more sophisticated methods: they’re happy waiting for you to call them. Also, be sure to check the classifieds in the Post-Gazette and Pennysaver (did we mention the old-timey technology?).

Outside Influences

It’s always easier to find an apartment in the winter (as opposed to the summer or fall) but this is especially true in places that see snow dumps measured in feet—not inches. Pittsburgh is no exception to this rule. If the cold and snow aren’t enough to detour you, think about those all those hills (we’re getting there…)

Don’t underestimate heating costs as you’re scoping out your new digs. In Pittsburgh, the weather will be well under the freezing point for months, and if electric isn’t included in your utilities then keep on looking. 100 year old houses are both very common and very drafty and staying warm can bleed your wallet dry.

City of Bridges

Pittsburgh is small (only 56 square miles), but thinking in terms of mileage can be dangerous here. Distance in Pittsburgh is only sort of related to commute time (they’re like second cousins), what’s more important is geography (they’re blood brothers). As a general rule of thumb you’re looking at a long commute if:

  1. You live on a hill. Hills equal winding roads that take forever to transverse and double your commute time in the snow.

  2. You live on the other side of a hill. This means tunnels, and tunnels scare people, and scared people drive slowly and turn five minute commutes into hour commutes. Yes, really.

  3. You’re across a river. There are 446 bridges in Pittsburgh, but only 10 connect to Downtown. Everyone headed between the city proper and its outlying areas gets bottlenecked at these spots making traffic essentially unavoidable if you live on the other side of a river (which is any direction other than east).

If you’re lured to the suburbs by the space and affordable housing make sure you plan the route to your daily destinations (work/grocery store) with as few of the above obstacles as possible. Unless:

  1. If you live north of the Allegheny and east of the Ohio rivers. Here you have a straight shot into the city via I-271.

  2. If you live in the southeast. The T, (subway/tram hybrid) takes you speedily & directly from Downtown to the up-and-coming Dormont area.

Our bike community is making a valiant effort to grow, but hills aren’t shrinking, public transit funding is being cut constantly and cyclists have nasty weather to contend with. It might not be the greenest suggestion in the world, but in Pittsburgh, you should probably drive. Ease your conscious and consider a hybrid.

Pittsburgh Particulars

Pittsburgh’s diversity of distinct neighborhoods rivals that of any major city.

Where the Bros Are: Oakland & Shadyside are college kid territory because like, dude, that’s where Carnegie Melon and the University of Pittsburgh are. Here, thrifty students live in either Fight-Club-style slightly dilapidated mansions with too many roommates or small rundown apartments. You’ll also find some low cost eats and a sliver of high-end shopping on Walnut Street (what someone once hilariously referred to as, “the Rodeo drive of Pittsburgh”) in Shadyside.

Dahntahn: Or “downtown”, to us non-natives, is a handful of blocks crammed with skyscrapers and few housing options. Those that exist are refurbed lofts reserved for young professionals with accompanying budgets. The adjacent Strip District is a hybrid farmer’s market/street bazaar that’s packed with plenty of famous restaurants (Pamela’s Diner, Primanti Bros. and DeLuca’s) and local jewels (Wholey’s Fish Market, La Prima Coffee and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company).

Hip-check: Lawrenceville & Bloomfield (aka “Little Italy”) blend together and are the heart of all things trendy in the ‘Burgh. The rowhouses of these two areas are filled with the majority of the city’s artists (READ: inexpensive rent) and are sprinkled with boutiques and restaurants. If you’re looking for nightlife of the non-skanky variety, this is your place.

Nuclear Family: Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, & Point Breeze are residential (almost suburban), complete with big yards, old houses, and parks. Highland Park (home to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium) has the same vibe as these other three ‘hoods but is located to the north & is slightly more expensive.

Now, get some Steeler’s gear and throw a few choice Pittsburghese phrases into rotation like “yinzer” or “jag off” and you’re all set! Welcome to the Paris of the Appalachians.

Rent Report

November 2017 Pittsburgh Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Pittsburgh Rent Report. Pittsburgh rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Pittsburgh rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Pittsburgh rents declined over the past month

Pittsburgh rents have declined 1.1% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Pittsburgh stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $910 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in June. Pittsburgh's year-over-year rent growth is level with the state average of 1.2%, but lags the national average of 2.7%.

Pittsburgh rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Pittsburgh, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Pittsburgh is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Pittsburgh's median two-bedroom rent of $910 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.2% rise in Pittsburgh.
  • While Pittsburgh's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Dallas (+2.6%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Pittsburgh than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Pittsburgh.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Pittsburgh Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Pittsburgh ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
C+ Jobs and career opportunities
B Recreational activities
B+ Affordability
B- Quality of schools
D Weather
C+ Commute time
B- State and local taxes
C- Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Pittsburgh from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in Pittsburgh are well satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average or near-average scores in most categories.”

Key findings in Pittsburgh include the following:

  • Pittsburgh renters gave their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Pittsburgh was safety (A-).
  • Other well-rated categories included affordability/cost of living (B+) and quality of local schools (B-).
  • Sources of dissatisfaction for Pittsburgh renters include local jobs and career opportunities (C+).
  • Pittsburgh renters are more satisfied with their city than renters in other nearby cities such as Philadelphia, PA (B), Columbus, OH (B), and Cleveland, OH (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “It's small enough to always be convenient but has countless events throughout the city. The cost of living is extremely low. Not the "Most Livable City" for nothing!” —Erin N.
  • “Pittsburgh has reinvented itself in the last 10 years....it is a young and vibrant city with Google and other Tech industries here as well. Family friendly and very affordable! We love Pittsburgh.” —Michelle M.
  • “Love the parks; hate the cold winter weather.” —Indira S.
  • “I love the city I live in, just not the neighborhood. There is no safe, convenient public transportation/bus access; there are no walking paths or sidewalks; night life and shopping is very inconvenient.” —Emily S.