Pittsburgh’s northern submarkets are the fastest growing in the region. With several award-winning school districts and a successful mix of residential and commercial development, the North Hills is synonymous with quality spaces to work, live and play.

Located in the center of the “North Hills” area of Allegheny County, McCandless consists of 16.4 square miles and is occupied by more than 30,000 residents. Neighboring communities include Ross Township to the south, Shaler Township to the east, Pine Township to the north and Franklin Township to the west. McKnight Road was built in the mid-1950s and became the primary access to the northern suburban markets from downtown Pittsburgh. Retail and office developments occupy a considerable portion of the McCandless segment of the McKnight Corridor, but the latest development – McCandless Crossing East and West –  combines office, retail, housing and entertainment opportunities.

The Town of McCandless, originally founded in 1851 and called Taylor, was incorporated in 1857 as a Second Class Township and renamed McCandless in honor of District Judge Wilson McCandless. McCandless became home to Allegheny County’s North Park, an approximately 1,600-acre, 2.5 square mile recreational area that is open to the public. The area represents approximately 15.2% of the township.


Strategically located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic states, Pittsburgh is only a short flight or a day’s drive from many of the world’s busiest commercial centers, including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto, Canada. These lucrative markets encompass more than 50 percent of the populations of both the United States and Canada, and account for 53 percent of the American buying income. Utilizing a transportation system that takes advantage of all modes of travel including highways, waterways, rail lines and one of the nation’s most modern aviation facilities, the Pittsburgh region is uniquely positioned to deliver its world class high-tech, bio-medical, manufacturing and communication products to markets throughout the world.

Over the past three decades, the Pittsburgh region has undergone a dramatic transformation, and now stands as one of our nation’s most appealing locations for businesses to invest and for people to live, work, play and visit.  With strengths in higher education, health care, the arts, technology, advanced materials, financial services and homeland security, the region enjoys a diverse and thriving economy.  Among its many benefits, the Pittsburgh region offers a low cost-of-living and low crime rate with multiple entertainment and cultural opportunities year-round. A repeat recipient of’s America’s Most Livable City ranking, Pittsburgh is poised to continue its gradual but steady third renaissance.


The region has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including being named America’s Most Livable City by Places Rated Almanac, and continuously ranks among the top 10 cities in the country in a number of national surveys.  A few of the more notable rankings include:

  • Most Affordable City in America – Demographia
  • Most Livable City in America –
  • Most Livable City in the Nation – The Economist
  • Best Housing Market –
  • Best Overall Commercial Real Estate Investment Market in the U.S. – Moody’s Investor Services
  • Best Cities to Relocate to in America – CNBC
  • Best Cities for Recent Graduates – Huffington Post
  • Most Affordable Cities – Forbes Magazine
  • America’s Strongest Economies – Brookings Institute
  • A Top Americas “City of the Future” – Foreign Direct Investment (fDi)
  • A Top City with Biggest Growth in Tech Jobs –
  • A Top 10 City to Find a Job –