These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia, PA For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Riverfront (Homes)
  2. City Center West (Homes)
  3. City Center East (Homes)
  4. Chestnut Hill (Homes)
  5. Bustleton (Homes)
  6. Fairmount-Spring Garden (Homes)
  7. Roxborough (Homes)
  8. Somerton (Homes)
  9. Manayunk (Homes)
  10. 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.

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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.

1. Riverfront

Population: 2,051
Median Income: $104,493
Median Home Value: $368,800

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2. City Center West

Population: 31,629
Median Income: $70,269
Median Home Value: $391,600

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3. City Center East

Population: 24,923
Median Income: $71,200
Median Home Value: $414,900

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4. Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA

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Population: 10,620
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.
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5. Bustleton

Bustleton Philadelphia, PA

Population: 32,066
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.
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6. Fairmount-Spring Garden

Fairmount-Spring Garden Philadelphia, PA

Population: 23,649
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.
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7. Roxborough

Roxborough Philadelphia, PA

Population: 31,398
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.
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8. Somerton

Somerton Philadelphia, PA

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Population: 30,261
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.
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9. Manayunk

Manayunk Philadelphia, PA

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Population: 11,654
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.
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10. Mount Airy

Mount Airy Philadelphia, PA

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Population: 33,188
Median Income: $53,800
Median Home Value: $225,813

Mount Airy is a neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
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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. Hartranft
  2. North Central
  3. Belmont

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Riverfront 2,051 $368,800 1,652 5.1%
2 City Center West 31,629 $391,600 1,652 3.4%
3 City Center East 24,923 $414,900 1,652 3.7%
4 Chestnut Hill 10,620 $412,617 1,652 3.8%
5 Bustleton 32,066 $238,158 2,657 5.1%
6 Fairmount-Spring Garden 23,649 $329,441 1,652 5.5%
7 Roxborough 31,398 $232,491 2,085 5.3%
8 Somerton 30,261 $239,807 2,724 5.6%
9 Manayunk 11,654 $232,893 2,153 3.5%
10 Mount Airy 33,188 $225,813 2,362 6.8%
11 Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 28,382 $250,145 2,222 5.7%
12 East Falls 10,050 $211,000 1,918 5.9%
13 Byberry 16,222 $224,538 2,973 6.7%
14 Torresdale 31,158 $197,736 3,277 6.5%
15 Academy Gardens 27,635 $203,561 3,209 7.3%
16 Schuylkill Southwest 12,698 $282,928 1,652 7.1%
17 Fox Chase 23,242 $212,867 3,246 7.7%
18 Rhawnhurst 29,568 $197,713 3,656 6.9%
19 Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 29,563 $206,369 2,931 9.3%
20 Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 5,354 $104,790 3,961 5.8%
21 Kensington 22,965 $117,376 5,148 10.5%
22 Oak Lane 42,724 $134,179 4,589 10.2%
23 Holmesburry-Torresdale 26,272 $140,370 4,468 6.8%
24 Fishtown 16,734 $215,794 2,405 6.5%
25 Richmond 42,683 $94,333 5,438 12.0%
26 Mayfield 31,441 $143,552 4,549 8.5%
27 South Philadelphia 24,648 $161,419 4,088 8.4%
28 Girard Estates 21,603 $165,891 3,826 7.5%
29 Wynnefield 30,183 $131,336 4,829 6.6%
30 Strawberry Mansion 19,989 $71,428 5,698 10.6%
31 Olney 37,855 $92,566 5,735 11.8%
32 Wissanoning 27,295 $113,090 5,144 9.6%
33 Eastwick 9,951 $109,310 5,048 11.1%
34 Summerdale 40,498 $121,532 5,243 11.2%
35 Alleghany West 19,321 $46,204 6,422 10.6%
36 Oxford Circle 61,539 $131,371 5,062 9.1%
37 Cedar Brook 26,983 $150,293 4,279 9.5%
38 Cobbs Creek 81,648 $142,408 4,804 7.6%
39 Hunting Park 23,038 $58,558 6,560 12.7%
40 Tioga-Nicetown 18,230 $59,538 6,237 13.7%
41 Germantown 69,018 $106,217 5,385 11.0%
42 Point Breeze 23,183 $124,309 4,847 8.1%
43 Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 17,981 $201,221 3,922 8.9%
44 Juniata Park-Feltonville 33,697 $87,754 5,993 12.3%
45 Logan-Fern Rock 23,201 $87,432 5,699 14.7%
46 Grays Ferry 16,469 $90,238 5,831 15.5%
47 Frankford 38,061 $85,968 5,748 11.8%
48 Brewerytown 10,324 $119,611 4,770 9.4%
49 Morris Park 26,421 $114,903 5,018 7.9%
50 Elmwood 24,576 $96,341 5,601 9.6%
51 Haddington-Carroll Park 33,687 $75,415 5,979 12.2%
52 Harrowgate 18,485 $53,158 6,607 15.6%
53 Fairhill 27,912 $52,850 6,457 12.2%
54 Belmont 31,044 $96,149 5,830 7.5%
55 North Central 22,214 $92,841 5,933 9.3%
56 Hartranft 13,133 $66,569 6,087 9.5%

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