Brighton Heights (Pittsburgh)

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Brighton Heights
Neighborhood of Pittsburgh
Pgh locator brighton heights.svg
Coordinates: 40°29′02″N 80°02′13″W / 40.484°N 80.037°W / 40.484; -80.037
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Allegheny County
City Pittsburgh
Area[1][better source needed]
 • Total 1.117 sq mi (2.89 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 7,247
 • Density 6,500/sq mi (2,500/km2)
ZIP Code 15212

Brighton Heights is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's northside area. It has a zip code of 15212, and has representation on Pittsburgh City Council by the council member for District 1 (North Neighborhoods). Located on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River, Brighton Heights is adjacent to the suburban communities of Bellevue and Ross Township to the north, and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Perry North, to the East, and Marshall-Shadeland to the South. The Western gateway to the neighborhood, Brighton Heights Boulevard, is opposite the McKees Rocks Bridge and accessible via Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire houses 35 Engine and 33 Truck (formerly 34 Truck) in Brighton Heights.

Once a predominantly German area, Brighton Heights now has a varied ethnic mix. The community is notable for its solid stately architecture, with many fine early 20th Century homes and churches built of stone and brick, featuring stained glass windows and ornamental woodwork and fireplaces. Because of the high quality and variety of the architecture of the neighborhood, Brighton Heights is one of the regularly featured neighborhoods of Pittsburgh's annual house tours.[2]

Brighton Heights was featured in the July 2006 issue of Pittsburgh magazine article entitled "No Place Like Home: 10 Neighborhoods you need to know about." Many of Brighton Heights' streets are lined with large maple trees, maintained by the City of Pittsburgh. Recreational opportunities include the adjacent Riverview Park, the Jack Stack pool, and Marmaduke Playground.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1940 11,515 —    
1950 11,847 +2.9%
1960 11,483 −3.1%
1970 10,604 −7.7%
1980 9,122 −14.0%
1990 8,580 −5.9%
2000 8,050 −6.2%
2010 7,247 −10.0%
University of Pittsburgh[3]

Places of interest


Brighton Heights is within the city of Pittsburgh, and is in "zone 1" of the public transit system. Bus lines serving Brighton Heights include the 13, 14, 16, and 17.


The Davis Ave. Bridge which directly connected the Brighton Heights community with the Riverview Park Pittsburgh near Perry North has been removed. Many long time residents of Brighton Heights are distressed that this now unique transition to public green space no longer exists and is determined to bring the funding for rebuilding. Despite the loss, there has been a long history of distress because of the bridge's poor condition. WPIX Report

Wilksboro Bridge is a foot bridge that has been closed to pedestrians (see Orphaned Bridges) with plans to rebuild a new one. KDKA Report


  1. ^ a b "PGHSNAP 2010 Raw Census Data by Neighborhood". PGHSNAP Utility. Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ McKay, Gretchen (2005-05-05). "Brighton Heights House Tour: Residents will show off scenic, historic neighborhood". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Census Tracts". Retrieved January 2, 2018. 

Further reading

External links

  • BHCF, the Brighton Heights Citizen's Federation
  • Interactive Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Map
  • Pittsburgh Magazine article, July 2006: "No Place Like Home: 10 Neighborhoods you need to know about"
  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette article on Brighton Heights house tour 2005
  • Pittsburgh Tribune article on Brighton Heights house tour 2006[dead link]
  • Pittsburgh Tribune article on Brighton Heights house tour 2007[dead link]

See also

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