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South Pittsburgh

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Allentown is an affordable, close-knit, family-oriented community of 3,600, located south of Downtown Pittsburgh. Home to the beautiful Grandview Park, there is not a single street in Allentown that lacks an amazing view of the city.

Grandview Park is one of the often unsung assets of Allentown, and has a playground, picnic areas, and an amphitheater, but the largest part of the park is a wooded hillside spotted with trails. In 1888 Allentown became the first site west of the Allegheny Mountains to operate an electric streetcar. Today, the popular "T", Pittsburgh's rapid transit system, runs right through this neighborhood's business district, making it one of the city's most convenient neighborhoods.

With its small business district that includes quaint pizza shops, salons, a grocery store, local eateries and restaurants, there is a number of gems within the borders of Allentown. The area offers a strong feeling of community, as neighbors and their children line the sidewalks in this pet-friendly and quiet neighborhood.


Families in Allentown enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Allentown, including:
  • Pittsburgh Whittier K-5
  • Pittsburgh Grandview K-5
  • Pittsburgh Phillips International Studies K-5 Magnet
  • Pittsburgh Murray PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Brashear 9-12
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Allentown enjoy these branches:
  • Knoxville Library
  • Mt. Washington Library
  • South Side Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

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