These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Philadelphia suburbs are the cream of the crop.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Philadelphia are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Philadelphia for 2018:

  1. Narberth (Photos)
  2. Haddonfield
  3. Swarthmore (Photos)
  4. Collegeville (Photos)
  5. Medford Lakes
  6. Pennington
  7. Haddon Heights
  8. Yardley (Photos)
  9. Conshohocken (Photos)
  10. Wenonah

If you happen to be a resident of Narberth, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Philadelphia ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Pennsylvania check out the best places in Pennsylvania overall or the worst.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Philadelphia for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Philadelphia was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Philadelphia.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 91 suburbs to evaluate around Philadelphia.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 91 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Philadelphia.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Narberth.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Narberth

Narberth, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,305
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $423,900
Median Income: $93,382
Narberth is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Philadelphia area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Narberth.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $93,382 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Philadelphia region. And only 4.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $423,900 each.

2. Haddonfield

Source: Public Domain

Population: 11,444
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $487,700
Median Income: $135,700
Haddonfield is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Philadelphia for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 3.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

3. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,218
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $377,900
Median Income: $92,292
Here in Swarthmore, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Philadelphia metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Swarthmore.

4. Collegeville

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,279
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $302,800
Median Income: $105,761
Collegeville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Philadelphia for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Collegeville and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Medford Lakes

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,081
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $290,400
Median Income: $106,741
Coming in as the fifth best is Medford Lakes.

Medford Lakes gets kudos for having the 13th most expensive homes in the Philadelphia area, where houses sell for an average of $290,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Pennington

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,567
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $519,100
Median Income: $117,039
Pennington is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.5% which is 11th best in the area.

According to online reports, Pennington is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Philadelphia area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Haddon Heights

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,506
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $280,100
Median Income: $86,676
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Haddon Heights.

Haddon Heights schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 9.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Yardley

Yardley, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,392
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $326,600
Median Income: $82,235
Yardley is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.4% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

9. Conshohocken

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,916
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $278,000
Median Income: $78,801
Is ‘Everything Better In Conshohocken?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Wenonah

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,163
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $276,600
Median Income: $102,750
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Wenonah.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Philadelphia ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Philadelphia, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Philadelphia Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Narberth 1 4,305 4.5% $423,900 $93,382
Haddonfield 2 11,444 3.4% $487,700 $135,700
Swarthmore 3 6,218 5.0% $377,900 $92,292
Collegeville 4 5,279 4.7% $302,800 $105,761
Medford Lakes 5 4,081 6.7% $290,400 $106,741
Pennington 6 2,567 4.5% $519,100 $117,039
Haddon Heights 7 7,506 5.3% $280,100 $86,676
Yardley 8 2,392 5.9% $326,600 $82,235
Conshohocken 9 7,916 5.2% $278,000 $78,801
Wenonah 10 2,163 4.5% $276,600 $102,750
New Hope 11 2,385 6.1% $524,900 $72,963
Lambertville 12 3,841 1.4% $365,200 $89,955
Riverton 13 2,736 5.6% $279,000 $93,558
Chester Heights 14 2,581 4.2% $247,400 $85,801
Chalfont 15 4,054 7.2% $322,700 $94,000
Collingswood 16 13,925 5.3% $257,900 $62,524
Audubon 17 8,748 6.3% $210,900 $77,066
Rockledge 18 2,548 6.1% $243,300 $58,375
Ridley Park 19 7,032 7.9% $212,600 $70,766
North Wales 20 3,245 6.5% $230,200 $65,724
Media 21 5,345 7.6% $288,200 $68,827
Bordentown 22 3,874 6.2% $211,200 $70,000
Malvern 23 3,343 4.7% $340,000 $74,088
Perkasie 24 8,495 5.0% $241,200 $67,700
Aldan 25 4,170 7.8% $164,400 $63,892
Oaklyn 26 4,000 8.6% $187,300 $65,776
Hatboro 27 7,412 8.8% $254,100 $66,176
Sellersville 28 4,226 3.9% $197,600 $66,490
Trappe 29 3,559 5.3% $244,000 $80,500
Souderton 30 6,737 4.8% $230,300 $66,000
Norwood 31 5,900 7.5% $165,600 $70,313
New Britain 32 3,025 12.0% $248,400 $72,377
Barrington 33 6,831 6.7% $204,700 $68,167
Brookhaven 34 8,056 8.8% $196,300 $67,348
Gibbsboro 35 2,157 7.5% $202,100 $78,824
Merchantville 36 3,771 7.7% $221,900 $75,625
Berlin 37 7,620 7.5% $230,500 $87,697
Swedesboro 38 2,606 4.1% $200,700 $77,868
Morton 39 2,684 6.3% $186,300 $58,750
Pitman 40 8,916 8.8% $188,300 $72,633
Glenolden 41 7,167 3.6% $152,600 $60,490
Lansdale 42 16,454 7.0% $220,600 $61,095
Woodbury Heights 43 3,027 8.7% $198,200 $85,000
Parkside 44 2,281 7.7% $135,100 $60,043
West Chester 45 19,434 6.7% $320,600 $50,853
Lansdowne 46 10,621 7.6% $160,000 $54,608
Phoenixville 47 16,638 6.2% $213,800 $57,769
Sharon Hill 48 5,691 3.4% $120,000 $51,908
Hatfield 49 3,313 5.9% $250,300 $50,486
Ambler 50 6,507 10.0% $264,400 $57,210
Royersford 51 4,782 7.5% $189,000 $51,399
Penndel 52 2,823 9.8% $270,900 $51,000
Bridgeport 53 4,574 3.8% $195,200 $47,622
Telford 54 4,893 7.2% $220,400 $62,578
East Lansdowne 55 2,661 3.8% $122,900 $58,259
Stratford 56 7,021 9.4% $181,300 $68,990
Palmyra 57 7,299 10.0% $170,100 $66,130
Dublin 58 2,121 5.0% $296,200 $53,182
Folcroft 59 6,616 6.7% $112,600 $60,750
Bristol 60 9,593 5.5% $180,700 $42,962
Mount Ephraim 61 4,639 9.1% $165,100 $59,872
Somerdale 62 5,362 8.5% $161,600 $59,063
Runnemede 63 8,394 9.6% $169,400 $61,675
National Park 64 3,012 9.7% $153,600 $60,750
Clifton Heights 65 6,670 6.1% $130,200 $44,727
Westville 66 4,233 10.8% $162,600 $54,375
Clayton 67 8,386 7.9% $178,100 $64,825
Glassboro 68 19,195 10.2% $190,400 $66,625
Yeadon 69 11,506 9.2% $138,900 $48,420
Burlington 70 9,850 11.4% $163,600 $52,537
Magnolia 71 4,321 12.5% $158,000 $54,940
Wilmington 72 71,502 10.3% $162,400 $40,065
Collingdale 73 8,777 11.2% $111,000 $47,396
Colwyn 74 2,557 13.5% $89,100 $40,208
Beverly 75 2,538 10.7% $150,700 $47,417
Upland 76 3,248 6.8% $99,000 $39,315
Woodbury 77 10,024 10.4% $161,600 $51,810
Clementon 78 4,924 8.2% $139,300 $54,271
Lawnside 79 2,923 20.3% $167,100 $58,920
Pine Hill 80 10,472 8.5% $140,100 $46,928
Woodlynne 81 2,955 8.8% $99,800 $41,985
Bellmawr 82 11,503 11.4% $163,700 $47,569
Darby 83 10,677 10.3% $74,000 $34,199
Eddystone 84 2,596 11.0% $92,200 $44,306
Trenton 85 84,559 16.0% $100,000 $34,412
Paulsboro 86 6,009 15.4% $122,800 $42,154
Lindenwold 87 17,482 11.1% $124,300 $38,918
Camden 88 76,005 16.5% $82,800 $26,214
Chester 89 34,056 19.0% $66,800 $27,217
Penns Grove 90 4,985 19.3% $114,700 $34,439
Marcus Hook 91 2,420 20.4% $78,800 $37,961

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