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The personal injury attorneys in West Oakland, PA, sponsor this article to offer a detailed excerpt about the area.

West Oakland is a neighborhood in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is one of four districts in Oakland. Birmingham Bridge and DeSoto Street border the West Oakland neighborhood.

The neighborhood is the smallest of the four Oakland districts spanning 0.215 square miles and an approximate population of 2,604 with a population density of 12,000 per square mile.


West Oakland is home to a population of majority female residents (67%) and a minority of male residents (33%).

The racial demographic of the community is as follows:

  • 49% White
  • 34% African American
  • 11% Asian
  • 4% Hispanic
  • 1% Two or More Races
  • 1% Other Race

West Oakland is home to hard-working residents who majorly work in white-collar occupations (91.2%). A minority of West Oakland residents are blue-collar employed (8.08%).

The majority of West Oakland residents (66.03%) work for private companies, with a significant amount working for non-profit companies (22.15%). Additionally, there are some governmental workers (7.3%) and self-employed workers (4.52%) in West Oakland.

The average household size in West Oakland is 2, and the median household income is $23,731.00.

Most West Oakland residents (72.25%) rent their homes at a median rent of $1,435. A minority of residents (24.75%) own their homes in West Oakland at a median home value of $99,810.

The education levels in West Oakland vary and are as follows:

  • 24% Master's Degree or Higher
  • 19% Bachelor's Degree
  • 24% Some College or Associate's Degree
  •  25% High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 9% Less than a High School Diploma

West Oakland is considered a favorable place to live in Pennsylvania and is home to delighted residents. The urban- suburban mixed lifestyle appeals to residents, as is reflected in the town's ratings. West Oakland has ranked #34 (of 76) in Best Neighborhoods for Young Professionals in Pennsylvania and #46 (of 76) in Most Diverse Neighborhoods in Pennsylvania.


West Oakland is home to many growing families allowing for the presence of highly-rated schools. The neighborhood is served by the Pittsburgh School District, consisting of 19 public schools near West Oakland.

Some of the most notable schools serving West Oakland include,

Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy

  • The public magnet school hosts a student population of 589 in grades PK, 6-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1. The school has a graduation rate of 95% and has ranked #6 (of 40) in Best Magnet High Schools in Pennsylvania and #7 (of 31) in Niche Standout High Schools in Pennsylvania.

Allderdice High School

  • The public high school hosts a student population of 1,468 in grades 9-12 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1. The school is notable for its highly satisfied student body. According to Niche Survey Polling, 85% of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. Additionally, the school has ranked #15 in Best Public High Schools in the Pittsburgh Area.

Notable Sites

West Oakland is a great neighborhood for families looking for a neighborhood with a diverse demographic. However, the neighborhood also has several notable sites.

West Oakland is known as the site of Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh. The two universities bring a great deal of life to the area.

Carlow University is known for its rich academic excellence and commitment to social justice. The university's campus is right in the heart of West Oakland and is a popular area for students community members to relax, study, and enjoy the stunning architecture.

The University of Pittsburgh spans across neighboring towns, with the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine, primarily located in West Oakland. The school of medicine is a notable doctor of medicine program offering clinical experiences and intensive training for medical students.

If you're looking to visit or reside in a neighborhood with diverse demographics, access to top-rated public schools, and proximity to notable universities, then consider West Oakland, PA.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 2, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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