These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Philadelphia are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. City Center West
  2. City Center East
  3. Fairmount-Spring Garden
  4. Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista
  5. Manayunk
  6. Riverfront
  7. Schuylkill Southwest
  8. Chestnut Hill
  9. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen
  10. Bustleton

Read on to see how we determined the places around Philadelphia that deserve a little bragging rights. Would you rahter live outside of the city? Check out the best suburbs around Philadelphia.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia?

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, City Center West.

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.

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1. City Center West

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,969
Median Home Price: $473,083
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,764
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

2. City Center East

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,010
Median Home Price: $460,746
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,764
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

3. Fairmount-Spring Garden

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,588
Median Home Price: $353,935
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,764
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

4. Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,188
Median Home Price: $246,118
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,549
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

5. Manayunk

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,745
Median Home Price: $218,621
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,408
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

6. Riverfront

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,852
Median Home Price: $369,233
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,764
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

7. Schuylkill Southwest

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,568
Median Home Price: $260,722
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,920
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

8. Chestnut Hill

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,817
Median Home Price: $408,875
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,764
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

9. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,721
Median Home Price: $220,643
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,005
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

10. Bustleton

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,035
Median Home Price: $244,637
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,705
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

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:

  1. Tioga-Nicetown
  2. Fairhill
  3. Strawberry Mansion

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
City Center West 1 29,969 $473,083 1,764 3.1%
City Center East 2 24,010 $460,746 1,764 3.4%
Fairmount-Spring Garden 3 21,588 $353,935 1,764 6.5%
Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 4 25,188 $246,118 2,549 5.3%
Manayunk 5 10,745 $218,621 2,408 4.5%
Riverfront 6 1,852 $369,233 1,764 4.1%
Schuylkill Southwest 7 12,568 $260,722 1,920 6.5%
Chestnut Hill 8 9,817 $408,875 1,764 5.0%
Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 9 28,721 $220,643 3,005 8.4%
Bustleton 10 32,035 $244,637 2,705 5.9%
Somerton 11 29,573 $247,293 2,789 5.5%
Roxborough 12 29,246 $241,656 2,149 5.8%
Mount Airy 13 32,910 $229,564 2,452 5.8%
East Falls 14 10,251 $235,456 2,073 5.8%
Torresdale 15 31,122 $212,600 3,292 6.7%
Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 16 5,040 $263,800 2,629 7.1%
South Philadelphia 17 22,586 $160,900 4,465 7.0%
Fishtown 18 15,557 $202,133 2,891 6.8%
Byberry 19 16,789 $223,715 3,250 6.2%
Girard Estates 20 22,025 $166,909 4,118 8.1%
Fox Chase 21 23,781 $216,852 3,286 7.2%
Cedar Brook 22 24,770 $146,679 4,389 7.4%
Cobbs Creek 23 81,817 $169,885 4,716 7.3%
Academy Gardens 24 27,122 $212,722 3,219 8.1%
Rhawnhurst 25 28,889 $209,161 3,635 7.1%
Oak Lane 26 41,839 $140,284 4,737 9.2%
Morris Park 27 26,264 $120,560 5,345 7.0%
Oxford Circle 28 58,978 $137,590 5,161 10.0%
Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 29 16,995 $196,050 4,217 8.7%
Holmesburry-Torresdale 30 30,088 $151,105 4,663 7.6%
Mayfield 31 32,248 $149,242 4,780 8.1%
Point Breeze 32 21,575 $108,531 5,627 8.2%
Wynnefield 33 30,135 $139,983 4,954 6.6%
Eastwick 34 10,209 $141,988 4,828 9.0%
Brewerytown 35 10,060 $140,619 4,931 10.3%
Summerdale 36 37,535 $125,327 5,456 10.2%
Olney 37 36,255 $94,944 6,088 11.0%
Germantown 38 71,875 $104,518 5,622 9.7%
Wissanoning 39 28,787 $119,083 5,447 11.1%
Elmwood 40 24,745 $99,800 5,990 9.0%
Belmont 41 30,154 $110,255 5,921 8.4%
North Central 42 21,997 $104,478 5,960 9.1%
Logan-Fern Rock 43 23,009 $92,888 5,865 11.4%
Kensington 44 22,912 $111,400 5,648 9.7%
Juniata Park-Feltonville 45 32,717 $91,346 6,342 10.7%
Haddington-Carroll Park 46 35,114 $75,647 6,405 10.5%
Richmond 47 40,359 $98,100 5,840 11.4%
Grays Ferry 48 16,484 $89,019 6,148 13.0%
Frankford 49 38,763 $89,992 6,094 11.1%
Harrowgate 50 17,925 $63,458 7,055 15.5%
Hartranft 51 12,998 $67,344 6,919 9.2%
Alleghany West 52 19,411 $52,228 6,719 9.9%
Hunting Park 53 21,592 $55,913 6,973 10.1%
Strawberry Mansion 54 21,399 $87,481 5,810 11.3%
Fairhill 55 26,224 $52,100 7,055 12.0%
Tioga-Nicetown 56 19,511 $60,212 6,594 12.1%

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