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:
- Butler County (Photos)
- Montgomery County (Photos)
- Bucks County (Photos)
- Cumberland County (Photos)
- Elk County (Photos)
- Chester County (Photos)
- Centre County (Photos)
- Montour County (Photos)
- Washington County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
3. Bucks County
5. Elk County
10. Perry County
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:
- Philadelphia County
- Northumberland County
- Greene County
For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Pennsylvania
- 10 Safest Places In Pennsylvania
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Pennsylvania