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Moving to Pittsburgh from Houston with 5 kids!

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So my husband is considering taking a position in Mt. Pleasant. I was looking for a nice place to live closer to Pittsburgh. We want to rent. I have 5 kids ages 11 to 1. I am pretty independent and my hubby will be working looooong hours so I want a place close to activities for families. I am muslim so a place near a mosque would help too. Also a place with good schools is a must. Is it affordable to live there if you make 6-8 grand a month? I heard the east coast is pricey and I concerned for our standard of living? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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As-salamu alaykum Ummsantos. hijab.gif Just bumping your post up for input.

 

Anyone in the Pittsburg area with some advice to share?

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You'll be okay with money, and Pittsburgh has a sweet midwestern feel too it, actually. Can be wonderful area for families. Good luck!
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Pittsburgh is NOT pricey like cities closer to the coast.  Real estate and everyday items like groceries are priced similarly to the Midwest.

 

I live in Squirrel Hill and love it, but with 5 kids you might find it more economical to drive than use public transit, and the traffic and parking are somewhat difficult in Squirrel Hill.  City neighborhoods that are a little less dense, but still close to everything and with plenty of big houses, include Highland Park, Point Breeze, and Regent Square.  The city public schools are a mixed bag; some are very good, and there are magnet schools.  Just south of the city, Dormont is a nice place with decent public schools; Mount Lebanon has very good schools but is higher priced.

 

There is a mosque in Oakland, a city neighborhood that's a short drive (and very accessible by transit) from any of the neighborhoods I mentioned.  I've been to non-religious meetings there, and the members seemed very friendly.  I believe there's also a mosque in the eastern suburbs, maybe Monroeville?

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