Carrick is a diverse neighborhood situated in South Pittsburgh, PA.
Also referred to as the Hilltop, Carrick is a family-oriented neighborhood that offers affordable, solid housing. About 10,000 people live in Carrick and have access to playgrounds, a library and historic Phillips Park. Volunteers Field has a baseball-only field and a multipurpose athletic field.
Citiparks operates Phillips Park and parklet playgrounds. Phillips Park has a 9-hole disc golf course. About 40% of Carrick families have children who are under 18. Students attend Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The Carnegie Library – Carrick serves the community as a gathering place and resource with free computers, internet access, computer assistance, books, book clubs, storytelling and job assistance, to name a few activities.
Affordable homes, a diverse community and plenty of green spaces make Carrick an attractive neighborhood in South Pittsburgh.
Brownsville Road is the main thoroughfare. The neighborhood has several business districts along Brownsville Road, with residential areas in between. One of the business districts is the Carrick Dairy District, which hosts an open-air farmers market weekly from late spring to fall.
Carrick is bordered for a short stretch by Saw Mill Run Boulevard (State Route 51), which is a major route from South Hills communities into Pittsburgh.
People who live in Carrick are represented by Pittsburgh City Council District 4. A part of District 3 also includes a portion of Carrick. The city maintains roads. Police are dispatched from the Zone 3 police station. The Pittsburgh Fire Bureau’s Fire Station Number 23 is located on Brownsville Road in Carrick.
Allegheny County Council District 12 includes Carrick.
The 36th PA Legislative District comprises South Pittsburgh (Wards 29 and 31, and parts of Wards 16, 17, 18, 30 and 32), Brentwood, Mount Oliver, West Homestead and portions of Baldwin Borough and Whitehall.
The 14th U.S. Congressional District of PA encompasses the city of Pittsburgh and parts of surrounding suburbs.
Carrick is 76% white and 16% Black. 3% are of Hispanic or Latino origin. 3% are Asian. The neighborhood has become the focus of Pittsburgh’s Bhutanese communities.
The Carrick zip code is 15210. The street address of the post office is 140 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. It is located in Mt. Oliver Borough.
The neighborhood is served by multiple bus routes, most importantly the 51-Carrick bus that operates locally along Brownsville Road.
Carrick is bordered by the Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, St. Clair, Overbrook, Brookline and Bon Air neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, and by Mt. Oliver, Baldwin and Brentwood Boroughs.
The Hilltop Urban Farm is nearby.
Carrick was once called the Ormsby Tract, after a major who served in the French and Indian War, before the Revolutionary War. During the 1800s, the land was sold several times. Farming, coal mines and the Engleart Glass Works brought prosperity to the area. It was known as Englertville until 1853. The Carrick name was given by a doctor who established the first post office in the area and was from Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland.
More than 4,000 people lived in Carrick by the time the 20th century arrived. People felt optimistic about the future. They built mansions. The area began to feel urban. Carrick became a borough, which could provide better services to its residents. Wealthy South Side businessmen lived in Carrick. They built the Carrick Municipal Building for borough offices, a jail and volunteer fire department. Carrick Borough was one of the largest municipalities in the Pittsburgh area.
A map of Carrick Borough hangs in the Carnegie Library – Carrick.
In the late 1920s, Carrick stopped being an independent municipality when its citizens voted to be annexed by Pittsburgh. It became the 29th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh and the largest neighborhood in the city.