Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia, 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Philadelphia.
Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

Do you want to know where it's always sunny in Philadelphia? Homesnacks knows that answer and we've published the list here.

That's right, The City of Brotherly Love is known for the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Eagles, and, yes, some pretty cool neighborhoods. And because HomeSnacks does not want you to waste any time with Philly's worst neighborhoods, we've created a list of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia for 2019 and listed them below.

But before you hit your down arrow, you should probably know a little bit about how we ranked these Philadelphia gems. In order to determine the best, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood's overall 'Snackability'. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 56 Philadelphia neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents. Incidentally, this is our fifth time ranking Philadelphia's best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the best of the best.

And, surprisingly, you won't have to blow your entire bank account if you choose one of Philly's best neighborhoods because not one of these neighborhoods comes with a $100,000 median income price tag. More importantly, if you're into living in one of Philadelphia's quintessential old rowhouses, Chesnut Hill is your best bet, if safety is your number one priority, you won't go wrong with Bustleton, and if you're not worried about a budget, definitely give City Centr East a look.

So, want to know what Philadelphia neighborhoods have the wealthiest neighbors, the best jobs, and the least amount of crime? Keep reading.

If you choose to live in one of Philadelphia's best neighborhoods, you could be strolling the classical pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Fairmount neighborhood and/or rubbing elbows with a Philadelphia Eagles player at Roxborough's next Roxtoberfest. And if you play your cards right, you could just become a permanent resident of Philly's number one, best neighborhood.

So, what's the best neighborhood in Philadelphia for 2019? The best neighborhood in Philadelphia would be Manayunk according to the most recent data.

To see how your favorite Philadelphia neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia

Manayunk Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,005
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $244,671 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $67,074 (Ninth best)
More on Manayunk: Homes For Sale | Data

Philadelphia's best neighborhood for 2019 is a trendy little spot located on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

This coveted neighborhood on Philadelphia's northwest side is known as "the place to drink" because of its unique eateries and electric bars. And if living in a Manayunk Victorian home or a rowhouse is your dream, be prepared to drop some cash on a home: Manayunk ranks ninth for most expensive homes, so you're going to need to make close to $67,074 if you want to live like the locals.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,357
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $268,021 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $56,818 (17th best)
More on Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista: Homes For Sale | Data

Want to be part of the exclusive club that gets to call Philadelphia's second best neighborhood, Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista's home? Well, you're going to have to have a job that pays close to $56,818 and be able to drop some cash on a home that will cost you close to $268,021.

Also, don't come here thinking that you're going to cause trouble. Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista is ranked eighth for both violent and property crime.

And word on the street, you can rub elbows with Bella Vista's finest at the Independence National Historical Park.

Fairmount-Spring Garden Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,809
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $320,109 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $72,884 (Fifth best)
More on Fairmount-Spring Garden: Homes For Sale | Data

Philly's third best neighborhood, Fairmount-Spring Garden, is the second neighborhood on our list to take up real estate along the Schuylkill River.

But what sets Fairmount-Spring Garden apart from the rest is that it shares a property line with
the famous Fairmount Park. This is probably why the homes here cost close to $320,109 and that the population is close to 23,809.

So, if you're looking for a piece of Philadelphia with tree lined streets and down-to-earth neighbors, look no further than Fairmount-Spring Garden.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 32,463
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $446,456 (Second best)
Median Income: $74,773 (Fourth best)
More on City Center West: Homes For Sale | Data

So what makes 32,463 residents to want to live in Philadelphia's fourth best neighborhood, City Center West? We'll tell you.

It's cheaper to buy a home than rent in this neighborhood. City Center West recorded the highest rent on list coming in at $1,469.

This neighborhood is also ranked fourth for median income, second for home value, and first for the best philly cheesesteak. We hear Sonny's Famous Steaks is outstanding. But the best thing about the City Center West neighborhood, you get to live close to the Liberty Bell.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,322
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $305,539 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $71,943 (Sixth best)
More on Schuylkill Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

If you are thinking about moving to Philadelphia's fifth best neighborhood for 2019, you better have a job because Schuylkill Southwest's unemployment rate is currently at 5.4 percent.

You might also want to think about making sure that job pays close to $71,943 if you want to keep up with the locals in this Southwest Philly neighborhood.

And, folks, Schuylkill Southwest recorded only 3,377 crimes this year, making it the 15th safest neighborhood on our list. So, yes, it's pretty safe too.

Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,011
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $432,092 (Third best)
Median Income: $100,099 (First best)
More on Chestnut Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

If you're looking for that quintessential Philadelphia neighborhood that looks like it jumped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, look no further than Philly's sixth best neighborhood, Chestnut Hill.

So we were not shocked to discover that Chestnut Hill is Philadelphia's second safest neighborhood only recording 258.0 violent crimes per 100k and 1244.0 property crimes per 100k at the time of this report.

There's a ton of stuff to do in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, too. And if you don't want to take our word for it, read what other people are saying about Chestnut Hill here.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,784
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $481,058 (First best)
Median Income: $76,360 (Third best)
More on City Center East: Homes For Sale | Data

Not only is Sawtelle the seventh best neighborhood in Philadelphia, it is the largest neighborhood on our list.

The City Center East neighborhood has a lot to be proud of: they moved up three spots to clinch the seventh place rank and the average home price is $481,058. If you know anything about Philadelphia real estate, this is quite the victory.

Unfortunately, however, they are the 50th worst neighborhood on our list in terms of crime, so make sure that you do your research before making any life changing decisions.

Bustleton Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,993
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $235,589 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $59,747 (15th best)
More on Bustleton: Homes For Sale | Data

The hustle and bustle must be under control in Philadelphia's eighth best neighborhood, Bustleton, because it is the first neighborhood on our list in terms of crime. Busleton only recorded 650 crimes and 3,269 at the time of this report for 2019.

Bustleton's current average rent will run you around $821, one of the least expensive on our list. So, if you're on the fence about the Bustleton neighborhood, it won't break your bank if you decide to rent instead of buy.

The rest of Philadelphia could learn a lot from Bustleton.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,044
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $206,228 (18th best)
Median Income: $60,948 (12th best)
More on Academy Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Academy Gardens is the ninth best neighborhood in The City of Brotherly Love.

Located in Northeast Philly, this is another Philly neighborhood where you should consider renting instead of buying at first. Academy Gardens' rent is averaging $588 a month. But don't stress about finding a job, Academy Gardens' unemployment rate is below the national average at 3.9 percent and they are the 12th best neighborhood in terms of median income.

Great rental opportunities, great jobs, and great people, folks; Academy Gardens is the place to be.

Roxborough Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 31,063
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $229,678 (12th best)
Median Income: $69,711 (Seventh best)
More on Roxborough: Homes For Sale | Data

If Philadelphia's tenth best neighborhood, Roxborough, is a good enough nest for many of the Philadelphia Eagles players, then it should be good enough for you.

And because the Eagles players know that they can't defend their field, they put that energy into making sure that Roxborough is the tenth safest on our list. At least they're doing something right.

But that's not all that Roxborough's doing right. This neighborhood is also the seventh best for average income and the 12th best for affordable homes.

How We Determined The Best Philadelphia, PA Neighborhoods In 2019

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 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, Manayunk.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Philadelphia where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Philadelphia aren't all good. Tioga-Nicetown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Philadelphia.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Manayunk 12,005 $244,671 $67,074
2 Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 29,357 $268,021 $56,818
3 Fairmount-Spring Garden 23,809 $320,109 $72,884
4 City Center West 32,463 $446,456 $74,773
5 Schuylkill Southwest 13,322 $305,539 $71,943
6 Chestnut Hill 11,011 $432,092 $100,099
7 City Center East 26,784 $481,058 $76,360
8 Bustleton 31,993 $235,589 $59,747
9 Academy Gardens 27,044 $206,228 $60,948
10 Roxborough 31,063 $229,678 $69,711
11 Somerton 30,102 $229,220 $49,918
12 South Philadelphia 24,829 $171,795 $45,300
13 Byberry 16,442 $219,346 $63,343
14 Torresdale 30,358 $192,714 $60,598
15 Fox Chase 23,450 $209,314 $60,624
16 Girard Estates 22,301 $166,633 $48,702
17 Rhawnhurst 30,805 $193,578 $50,959
18 Fishtown 18,272 $254,839 $66,975
19 Riverfront 2,325 $366,800 $94,738
20 Mount Airy 32,467 $233,451 $58,968
21 East Falls 9,728 $215,870 $55,225
22 Oxford Circle 61,090 $128,062 $41,115
23 Cedar Brook 26,401 $157,534 $46,862
24 Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 31,306 $218,266 $54,536
25 Holmesburry-Torresdale 25,247 $130,835 $46,772
26 Point Breeze 22,832 $138,209 $37,960
27 Oak Lane 42,412 $135,242 $42,352
28 Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 5,804 $105,150 $69,608
29 Cobbs Creek 79,231 $143,715 $33,677
30 Mayfield 32,474 $139,232 $48,968
31 Morris Park 26,860 $118,371 $42,528
32 Wissanoning 27,190 $108,379 $44,320
33 Olney 37,133 $93,675 $35,306
34 Summerdale 43,627 $120,962 $39,667
35 Brewerytown 10,658 $139,156 $37,606
36 Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 18,907 $184,789 $35,486
37 Juniata Park-Feltonville 34,014 $78,023 $31,888
38 Kensington 24,869 $142,231 $42,035
39 Wynnefield 29,641 $127,688 $35,258
40 Eastwick 10,284 $107,470 $39,122
41 Grays Ferry 15,779 $96,181 $27,936
42 Belmont 33,995 $87,051 $24,652
43 Richmond 43,954 $92,369 $41,396
44 Logan-Fern Rock 23,813 $80,772 $30,568
45 Germantown 66,915 $99,031 $29,642
46 Hartranft 13,891 $68,225 $20,096
47 North Central 21,880 $87,376 $25,297
48 Frankford 39,792 $94,038 $33,217
49 Elmwood 24,891 $90,648 $36,424
50 Haddington-Carroll Park 35,068 $68,396 $28,706
51 Harrowgate 17,456 $48,963 $23,871
52 Alleghany West 18,676 $48,477 $25,196
53 Fairhill 27,298 $51,578 $19,698
54 Strawberry Mansion 19,690 $71,938 $31,085
55 Hunting Park 22,735 $57,200 $23,587
56 Tioga-Nicetown 17,382 $58,569 $24,935

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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