These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Philadelphia suburbs.

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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…

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 feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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 92 suburbs to evaluate around Philadelphia.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 92 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.

Narberth, PA

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Population: 4,330
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $101,250
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Narberth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $101,250 a year, which is the 7th highest in the Philadelphia region. And only 4.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $442,500 each.

Haddonfield, NJ

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Population: 11,428
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $138,920
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Haddonfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Haddonfield is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Philadelphia for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Swarthmore, PA

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Population: 6,243
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,737
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Conshohocken, PA

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Population: 7,985
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $81,814
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Conshohocken ranks as the 4th best suburb of Philadelphia for 2019.

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

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Population: 2,193
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $110,694
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Wenonah: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Wenonah.

Wenonah gets kudos for having the 19th most expensive homes in the Philadelphia area, where houses sell for an average of $272,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Collegeville, PA

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Population: 5,221
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $103,828
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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Collegeville 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 4.2% which is 16th best in the area.

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

Chalfont, PA

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Population: 4,082
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Income: $100,982
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Chalfont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Chalfont.

Chalfont 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 19.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Yardley, PA

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Population: 2,289
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $82,614
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Yardley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 2.4% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Pennington, NJ

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Population: 2,591
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $121,667
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Pennington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Pennington?’

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.

Medford Lakes, NJ

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Population: 4,075
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $105,598
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Medford Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Medford Lakes.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Narberth 4,330 $101,250
2 Haddonfield 11,428 $138,920
3 Swarthmore 6,243 $106,737
4 Conshohocken 7,985 $81,814
5 Wenonah 2,193 $110,694
6 Collegeville 5,221 $103,828
7 Chalfont 4,082 $100,982
8 Yardley 2,289 $82,614
9 Pennington 2,591 $121,667
10 Medford Lakes 4,075 $105,598
11 New Hope 2,506 $76,694
12 Chester Heights 2,596 $85,081
13 Haddon Heights 7,530 $90,387
14 Riverton 2,730 $95,288
15 Audubon 8,736 $80,925
16 Collingswood 13,969 $64,885
17 Media 5,346 $71,337
18 Lambertville 3,840 $84,231
19 North Wales 3,250 $76,803
20 Rockledge 2,544 $60,602
21 Ridley Park 7,035 $76,188
22 Perkasie 8,505 $73,470
23 Malvern 3,438 $77,639
24 Bordentown 3,872 $76,250
25 Hatboro 7,436 $69,264
26 Aldan 4,162 $65,821
27 Norwood 5,896 $75,928
28 Souderton 6,813 $66,667
29 New Britain 3,031 $75,714
30 Gibbsboro 2,183 $84,250
31 Oaklyn 4,009 $65,301
32 Trappe 3,551 $74,653
33 Parkside 2,321 $65,500
34 West Chester 19,698 $55,313
35 Brookhaven 8,051 $65,151
36 Royersford 4,788 $56,483
37 Lansdale 16,506 $61,867
38 Barrington 6,811 $72,602
39 Hatfield 3,320 $58,672
40 Berlin 7,612 $90,354
41 Sellersville 4,249 $66,063
42 Glenolden 7,167 $58,365
43 Lansdowne 10,641 $56,902
44 Ambler 6,525 $64,146
45 Morton 2,688 $61,141
46 Palmyra 7,296 $68,307
47 Dublin 2,081 $53,487
48 Woodbury Heights 3,008 $80,444
49 Stratford 7,019 $72,955
50 Phoenixville 16,743 $60,006
51 Merchantville 3,769 $70,563
52 Pitman 8,886 $73,538
53 Swedesboro 2,609 $78,267
54 Mount Ephraim 4,641 $67,340
55 Sharon Hill 5,711 $52,740
56 Bridgeport 4,582 $49,800
57 Penndel 3,029 $51,076
58 Clifton Heights 6,688 $45,726
59 Telford 4,862 $57,156
60 Somerdale 5,417 $61,964
61 East Lansdowne 2,674 $55,701
62 National Park 2,998 $61,397
63 Bristol 9,645 $47,039
64 Folcroft 6,620 $60,478
65 Westville 4,223 $54,375
66 Runnemede 8,391 $61,104
67 Yeadon 11,523 $50,233
68 Clayton 8,475 $65,595
69 Glassboro 19,387 $69,000
70 Upland 3,251 $47,833
71 Magnolia 4,310 $53,938
72 Woodbury 9,980 $53,618
73 Collingdale 8,800 $47,677
74 Burlington 9,835 $50,709
75 Wilmington 71,276 $40,221
76 Beverly 2,520 $48,583
77 Lawnside 2,917 $64,103
78 Colwyn 2,554 $43,892
79 Woodlynne 2,950 $45,201
80 Brooklawn 2,006 $62,697
81 Pine Hill 10,517 $51,286
82 Bellmawr 11,482 $49,713
83 Clementon 4,933 $52,634
84 Darby 10,710 $38,152
85 Paulsboro 5,970 $46,429
86 Lindenwold 17,481 $41,346
87 Trenton 84,867 $35,524
88 Eddystone 2,632 $40,057
89 Camden 75,550 $26,105
90 Chester 34,102 $29,954
91 Penns Grove 4,917 $37,188
92 Marcus Hook 2,251 $34,851

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