These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Pennsylvania For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Pennsylvania have the most for people looking to make the move to Pennsylvania.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Pennsylvania a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Keystone State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Pennsylvania, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 62 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Keystone State for 2018:

  1. Butler County (Photos)
  2. Montgomery County (Photos)
  3. Bucks County (Photos)
  4. Cumberland County (Photos)
  5. Elk County (Photos)
  6. Chester County (Photos)
  7. Centre County (Photos)
  8. Montour County (Photos)
  9. Washington County (Photos)
  10. Perry County (Photos)

Butler County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Pennsylvania. And you might want to avoid Philadelphia County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Pennsylvania, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania and the best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania.

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How do you determine which Pennsylvania county is the best?

To give you the best county in Pennsylvania, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Pennsylvania across each of the criteria from one to 62, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Pennsylvania’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Keystone State.

Read on to see why Butler County is the best county, while Philadelphia County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Pennsylvania.

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1. Butler County

Butler, PA

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Biggest Place: Butler
Population: 185,974
Median Income: $63,345 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $183,200 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (8th best)
More on Butler County: PhotosData

2. Montgomery County

Ambler, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Norri
Population: 815,876
Median Income: $81,902 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $293,800 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (20th best)
More on Montgomery County: PhotosData

3. Bucks County

Bristol, PA

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Biggest Place: Levittown
Population: 626,220
Median Income: $79,559 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $311,600 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (24th best)
More on Bucks County: PhotosData

4. Cumberland County

Camp Hill, PA

Biggest Place: Carlisle
Population: 243,838
Median Income: $62,640 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $191,700 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (5th best)
More on Cumberland County: PhotosData

5. Elk County

Johnsonburg, PA

Biggest Place: St. Marys
Population: 31,111
Median Income: $47,917 (35th best)
Median Home Price: $92,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (5th best)
More on Elk County: PhotosData

6. Chester County

Coatesville, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: West Chester
Population: 512,028
Median Income: $88,995 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $331,000 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (11th best)
More on Chester County: PhotosData

7. Centre County

Aldan, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: State College
Population: 159,178
Median Income: $54,407 (21st best)
Median Home Price: $206,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (3rd best)
More on Centre County: PhotosData

8. Montour County

Danville, PA

Biggest Place: Danville
Population: 18,404
Median Income: $55,233 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $170,700 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (11th best)
More on Montour County: PhotosData

9. Washington County

Bentleyville, PA

Biggest Place: Washington
Population: 208,269
Median Income: $57,534 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $156,000 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (24th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

10. Perry County

Marysville, PA

Biggest Place: Marysville
Population: 45,647
Median Income: $58,585 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $161,800 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (8th best)
More on Perry County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Pennsylvania To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Pennsylvania can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Pennsylvania according to the data:

  1. Philadelphia County
  2. Northumberland County
  3. Greene County

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Pennsylvania

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Butler County 1 185,974 $63,345 $183,200
Montgomery County 2 815,876 $81,902 $293,800
Bucks County 3 626,220 $79,559 $311,600
Cumberland County 4 243,838 $62,640 $191,700
Elk County 5 31,111 $47,917 $92,200
Chester County 6 512,028 $88,995 $331,000
Centre County 7 159,178 $54,407 $206,000
Montour County 8 18,404 $55,233 $170,700
Washington County 9 208,269 $57,534 $156,000
Perry County 10 45,647 $58,585 $161,800
Adams County 11 101,759 $61,927 $194,800
Armstrong County 12 67,512 $45,879 $95,700
Westmoreland County 13 359,377 $54,142 $140,600
Warren County 14 40,649 $44,977 $90,900
Monroe County 15 167,126 $58,980 $170,600
Northampton County 16 300,520 $62,753 $207,700
Cameron County 17 4,807 $40,347 $68,400
Union County 18 45,178 $51,349 $164,900
Delaware County 19 562,316 $66,576 $233,300
Wayne County 20 51,307 $50,595 $174,500
Jefferson County 21 44,575 $43,913 $94,200
Beaver County 22 169,205 $51,887 $123,800
Pike County 23 56,210 $61,199 $180,600
Columbia County 24 66,772 $46,952 $140,100
Susquehanna County 25 41,832 $50,160 $154,100
Blair County 26 125,917 $44,033 $112,600
York County 27 440,604 $59,853 $168,300
Venango County 28 53,460 $43,885 $82,700
Lawrence County 29 88,528 $45,764 $99,300
Lebanon County 30 136,950 $56,191 $164,900
Allegheny County 31 1,230,360 $54,357 $134,400
Schuylkill County 32 145,503 $46,573 $95,200
Wyoming County 33 27,975 $53,397 $162,400
Bradford County 34 61,808 $51,035 $139,200
Huntingdon County 35 45,844 $45,250 $120,600
Somerset County 36 76,201 $45,424 $100,000
Lackawanna County 37 213,006 $46,673 $147,100
Lycoming County 38 116,313 $48,731 $141,100
Lehigh County 39 358,792 $57,685 $192,300
Bedford County 40 48,852 $46,746 $125,000
Lancaster County 41 533,110 $59,237 $191,400
Carbon County 42 64,330 $50,822 $141,300
Franklin County 43 152,707 $55,751 $174,400
Dauphin County 44 271,962 $54,968 $161,000
Clinton County 45 39,536 $47,163 $119,500
Mercer County 46 114,598 $45,831 $111,000
Erie County 47 279,133 $47,094 $120,300
Snyder County 48 40,246 $51,110 $152,500
Tioga County 49 42,031 $48,449 $129,900
Mckean County 50 42,609 $44,023 $76,000
Luzerne County 51 318,917 $46,577 $123,500
Crawford County 52 87,027 $45,637 $106,700
Potter County 53 17,239 $40,921 $101,300
Berks County 54 414,097 $57,068 $169,000
Cambria County 55 137,762 $42,917 $88,200
Clarion County 56 38,939 $42,890 $108,100
Fayette County 57 134,229 $40,511 $92,000
Clearfield County 58 81,170 $43,361 $88,300
Indiana County 59 87,491 $45,118 $107,600
Greene County 60 37,669 $49,116 $102,100
Northumberland County 61 93,590 $43,701 $109,200
Philadelphia County 62 1,559,938 $39,770 $147,300

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