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Squirrel Hill

Distance from Campus: 1.6 miles

Squirell HillLocated 1.6 miles from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and 5 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill is a sloping, residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets. Large Tudor homes rest alongside new condominiums and brick row houses, giving this area a comfortable, mature feel and making it popular with families and students. Parking is a mix of private and street, depending on the residence, and the entire neighborhood has easy access to public transportation.

Squirrel Hill’s rich diversity is reflective of its residents. The neighborhood’s earliest inhabitants were Pittsburgh’s elite who left the city following the Civil War and built some of the area’s largest homes. Wealthy residents remain a part of the neighborhood, but they do so alongside local university students. Squirrel Hill is also the center for Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. Eastern European Jews have flocked here since the 1920s, and today, Squirrel Hill is home to more than 33% of the Pittsburgh’s Jewish population.

The heart of Squirrel Hill can be found at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue. This main business district features most of the neighborhood’s restaurants and retail shops. Here, Jewish delis (Kazansky’s) mingle with Latin American (Aji Picante), and Indian (Sree’s) eateries, and nightlife lives with desserts at Gullifty’s, drinks at the Squirrel Hill Café, and shows at the Major Theater or Squirrel Hill Theater, two of the oldest theaters in Pittsburgh.

Thanks to donations from Henry Clay Frick and Mary Schenley, Squirrel Hill is home to the two largest parks in Pittsburgh: the 600-acre Frick Park and the 456-acre Schenley Park. The neighborhood is also the site of Chatham University, a liberal arts women’s college.


  • Tepper Students: 12% of student population live here
  • Median Resident Age: 39.3 years
  • Average Household: 2.1 people (Renters: 47%)
  • Median House Value: $183,617
  • Median Income: $51,138


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MBA 2011

MY RECOMMENDATION: Squirrel Hill is my favorite place to eat as they have EVERY single type of food you can imagine: Ice cream, Subs, Thai, Middle Eastern, etc.... read more

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Pittsburgh Fact

Fred Rogers was a long-time resident of Squirrel Hill, making everyone who lived there his real-life neighbor.