These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 91 places around Philadelphia to identify the most in demand places to live.

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

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.

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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.

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.

1. Narberth

Narberth, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,305
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $423,900
Median Income: $93,382
More on Narberth: Real Estate | Data

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

Haddonfield, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,444
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $487,700
Median Income: $135,700
More on Haddonfield: Real Estate | Data

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: Public domain

Population: 6,218
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $377,900
Median Income: $92,292
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 5,279
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $302,800
Median Income: $105,761
More on Collegeville: Real Estate | Data

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

Medford Lakes, Pennsylvania

Population: 4,081
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $290,400
Median Income: $106,741
More on Medford Lakes: Real Estate | Data

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

Pennington, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,567
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $519,100
Median Income: $117,039
More on Pennington: Real Estate | Data

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

Haddon Heights, Pennsylvania

Population: 7,506
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Median Home Price: $280,100
Median Income: $86,676
More on Haddon Heights: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 2,392
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $326,600
Median Income: $82,235
More on Yardley: Real Estate | Data

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: Public domain

Population: 7,916
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $278,000
Median Income: $78,801
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 2,163
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Median Home Price: $276,600
Median Income: $102,750
More on Wenonah: Real Estate | Data

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

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

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