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Neighborhood of Knoxville

Knoxville is a predominantly residential neighborhood in the western Hilltop area of the City of Pittsburgh.  At the time of its founding, Knoxville was agricultural.  It was named for the Rev. Jeremiah Knox, an early Methodist minister who established a fruit farm on land formerly owned by the Beltzhoover family.  Knoxville was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1927.

The neighborhood is densely populated with many homes that are a great value for the money.  Knoxville homes tend to be brick, built of product from a neighborhood brickyard. This is the perfect neighborhood for adventurous do-it-yourselfers looking to rehabilitate a lovely old home as Knoxville ranks fifth in the City for percentage of homes built before 1939. Homes vary from Victorian-era beauties to row houses.

Knoxville has numerous narrow streets. Primary access to the neighborhood is via Brownsville Road, which forms much of the eastern boundary of Knoxville.

Did You Know?

  • Strawberries grown on Rev. Knox’s farm were particularly well known. Other industries that later developed in Knoxville included mining, stained glass manufacturing, and shoe making.
  • Knoxville became accessible from the South Side in the 1870s with the opening of the Mount Oliver Incline, which closed on July 6, 1951.
  • The location of Knoxville, on the second ridge from the Monongahela River, was a desirable location because it was shielded from the smoke emanating from the factories and mills of the South Side.

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Resources Supporting Knoxville Residents

ACCESS Transportation Systems

Home Centre City Tower 650 Smithfield St. Pittsburgh PA 15222 Home Phone: 412-562-5353 Website: ACCESS

Transportation services for persons with disabilities. ACCESS serves all of Allegheny County and points 1.5 miles outside the county line. Reservations must be made by calling between 7 am and 3:30 pm at least one day in advance. Call Friday for weekend and Monday reservations.

ACTION Housing, Inc

Home 611 William Penn Way #800 Pittsburgh PA 15219 Home Phone: 412-281-2102 Website: Action Housing

Action Housing, Inc is a nonprofit based in Southwestern PA and founded in 1957. It serves the community through programs on the provision of decent, safe, and affordable housing. Some areas of scope are: real estate development, county accessibility and savings programs, first-time homebuyers, homeless families services, mortgage assistance, and sustainability.

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

Home 4150 Saw Mill Run Blvd. Brentwood PA 15227 Home Phone: 412-668-3197 Website: BCAP

Civic and neighborhood group serving Bhutanese and Nepalese families and businesses in the Pittsburgh area.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania

Home 5432 Butler Street Pittsburgh PA 15201 Work Phone: 412-782-5710 Website: Boys & Girls Club of Western PA

Over 7,000 youth come to the Boys & Girls Clubs every year to receive tutoring and homework help, computer training, sports, fitness and recreation, arts programs, summer programming, a safe place to be with friends and mentoring. Our youth gain confidence by developing a sense of competence, usefulness, positive influence and belonging.

Casa San Jose

Work 933 Brookline Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15226 Work Phone: 412-343-3111 Website: Casa San Jose

Casa San José is a community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency.

Family Resources

Home 1425 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh PA 15219 Home Phone: 412-363-1702 Website: Family Resources of PA

Children and family services in the prevention and treatment of child abuse through stronger neighborhoods.

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania

Home 3230 William Pitt Way Pittsburgh PA 15238 Home Phone: 888-222-4200 Website: Family Services of Western PA

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Home 1 N. Linden St. Duquesne PA 15110 Work Phone: 412-460-3663 Website: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Member network of more than 400 agencies distributing food to individuals and families in an 11-county area.

Jefferson Hospital

Home 565 Coal Valley Road Jefferson Hills PA 15025 Work Phone: 412-469-5000 Website: https://www.ahn.org/locations/jefferson-hospital

Community hospital providing inpatient and outpatient surgical services and community healthcare programs.

LifeSpan Inc

Work 314 E. 8th Ave Homestead PA 15120 Work Phone: 412-464-1300 Website: LifeSpan

A resource for seniors, LifeSpan’s mission is to offer resources, programs and services that promote healthy and dignified aging.

South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)

Home 5301 Park Ave. Bethel Park PA 15102 Work Phone: 412-854-9120 Website: SHIM

Providing food, clothing and employment assistance to families in need in South Hills.

YMCA Greater Pittsburgh

Work South Hills YMCA 305 Church Road Bethel Park PA 15102 Work Hilltop YMCA 500 Brownsville Road Pittsburgh PA 15210 Work Phone: 412-833-5600 Work Phone: 412-223-6851 Website: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh provides programs to promote youth development, healthcy living and social responsibility.

Resources Supporting Knoxville Businesses

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh

Home 4150 Saw Mill Run Blvd. Brentwood PA 15227 Home Phone: 412-668-3197 Website: BCAP

Civic and neighborhood group serving Bhutanese and Nepalese families and businesses in the Pittsburgh area.

Riverside Center of Innovation

Home 700 River Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15212 Work Phone: 412-322-3523 Website: RCI

RCI is a resource center with entrepreneurial tools for businesses and communities in Western Pennsylvania.

Knoxville Quick Facts

2015 Population


2015 Households


Median Home Value


Commercial Corridor

Brownsville Road

Land Area

0.3 square miles

School District

Pittsburgh Public


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


0.1% Open Space

Knoxville Neighborhood

City of Pittsburgh, District 4

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