Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Philadelphia, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Philadelphia neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia for 2018:
- Riverfront (Homes)
- City Center West (Homes)
- City Center East (Homes)
- Chestnut Hill (Homes)
- Bustleton (Homes)
- Fairmount-Spring Garden (Homes)
- Roxborough (Homes)
- Somerton (Homes)
- Manayunk (Homes)
- Mount Airy (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Philadelphia that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Pennsylvania check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Philadelphia for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Philadelphia.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Riverfront.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Philadelphia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Median Income: $104,493
Median Home Value: $368,800
2. City Center West
Median Income: $70,269
Median Home Value: $391,600
3. City Center East
Median Income: $71,200
Median Home Value: $414,900
4. Chestnut Hill
Median Income: $91,838
Median Home Value: $412,617
Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is known for its high incomes and real estate values, as well as its private schools.
More on Chestnut Hill: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $63,135
Median Home Value: $238,158
The Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia is located in the Far Northeast, north of Rhawnhurst and Fox Chase and south of Somerton; sitting between Roosevelt Boulevard to the east, the city boundary to the west, Red Lion Road to the north, and Pennypack Park to the south, it is centered at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Bustleton Avenue and is completely included in the 19115 postal zip code.
More on Bustleton: Real Estate | Data
6. Fairmount-Spring Garden
Median Income: $72,173
Median Home Value: $329,441
Fairmount is a neighborhood within the Greater Center City District of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its boundaries are north of Spring Garden Street, west of Broad Street, south of Girard Avenue and east of The Schuylkill River. While this may be the most common demarcation, the area’s boundaries fluctuate depending how the neighborhood is defined. Several subdivisions exist within and near these boundaries including: Spring Garden, Franklintown and Francisville. Fairmount is also referred to as the ‘Art Museum Area,’ for its proximity to and association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
More on Fairmount-Spring Garden: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $64,652
Median Home Value: $232,491
Roxborough is a neighborhood in the Northwest section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is bordered to the southwest, along the Schuylkill River, by the neighborhood of Manayunk, along the northeast by the Wissahickon Creek section of Fairmount Park, and to the southeast by the neighborhood of East Falls. Beyond Roxborough to the northwest is Montgomery County. Roxborough’s zip code is 19128. Most of Roxborough is in Philadelphia’s 21st Ward.
More on Roxborough: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $53,236
Median Home Value: $239,807
Somerton is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The neighborhood is bounded by Red Lion Road on the south, Roosevelt Boulevard on the east, East County Line Road and Poquessing Creek on the north, and the Philadelphia County / Montgomery County line on the west. Somerton is adjacent to the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bustleton, Normandy, and Byberry, the townships of Bensalem and Lower Southampton in Bucks County, and Lower Moreland Township in Montgomery County. The area is home to a large and fast-growing foreign-born population, most notably of Russian and Indian immigrants.
More on Somerton: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $64,142
Median Home Value: $232,893
Manayunk is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, it contains the first canal begun in the United States. The area’s name is derived from the language of the Lenape Indians. In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape, the Lenape referred to the Schuylkill River as ‘Manaiung’, their word for ‘river’, which literally translates as ‘place to drink’; the word was later altered and adopted as the town’s name.
More on Manayunk: Real Estate | Data
10. Mount Airy
Median Income: $53,800
Median Home Value: $225,813
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Philadelphia
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Philadelphia where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Philadelphia:
- North Central
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania
- 10 Safest Places In Pennsylvania
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia
|2||City Center West||31,629|
|3||City Center East||24,923|
|20||Marconi Plaza-Packer Park||5,354|