These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Pennsylvania are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Pennsylvania, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Keystone State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Pennsylvania based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Pennsylvania ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Pennsylvania for 2019:

  1. Fox Chase (Homes For Sale)
  2. Seven Fields (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lemont (Homes For Sale)
  4. Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Narberth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Colony Park (Homes For Sale)
  7. Chesterbrook (Homes For Sale)
  8. Ne (Homes For Sale)
  9. Linntown (Homes For Sale)
  10. Ben Avon (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Fox Chase, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Keystone State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Pennsylvania

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 693 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 693, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Pennsylvania. Top of that list — Fox Chase.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Pennsylvania.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,550
Median Income: $99,286 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,700 (149th Best)
More on Fox Chase: Data | Homes For Sale

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,829
Median Income: $102,791 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $313,100 (31st Best)
More on Seven Fields: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,239
Median Income: $86,660 (52nd Best)
Median Home Value: $234,300 (81st Best)
More on Lemont: Data | Homes For Sale

Clarks Summit, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,957
Median Income: $76,905 (94th Best)
Median Home Value: $210,700 (110th Best)
More on Clarks Summit: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Narberth, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,330
Median Income: $101,250 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $442,500 (10th Best)
More on Narberth: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,434
Median Income: $98,529 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $252,500 (65th Best)
More on Colony Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,675
Median Income: $115,446 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $318,400 (30th Best)
More on Chesterbrook: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,041
Median Income: $116,667 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $492,300 (3rd Best)
More on Ne: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,365
Median Income: $74,414 (109th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (213th Best)
More on Linntown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,884
Median Income: $98,929 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,700 (113th Best)
More on Ben Avon: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,577
Median Income: $76,096 (99th Best)
Median Home Value: $202,400 (129th Best)
More on Whitfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,533
Median Income: $100,198 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $269,300 (53rd Best)
More on Boalsburg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,580
Median Income: $61,058 (232nd Best)
Median Home Value: $158,400 (264th Best)
More on Lincoln Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,542
Median Income: $83,359 (66th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,300 (115th Best)
More on Laflin: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,509
Median Income: $73,784 (112th Best)
Median Home Value: $235,800 (80th Best)
More on Old Orchard: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,606
Median Income: $105,417 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $342,800 (23rd Best)
More on Flourtown: Data | Homes For Sale

East Petersburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,528
Median Income: $75,776 (101st Best)
Median Home Value: $170,000 (218th Best)
More on East Petersburg: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Sewickley, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,862
Median Income: $73,266 (114th Best)
Median Home Value: $319,800 (29th Best)
More on Sewickley: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,389
Median Income: $72,500 (123rd Best)
Median Home Value: $215,100 (103rd Best)
More on Clarks Green: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,355
Median Income: $66,927 (156th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,000 (252nd Best)
More on Flying Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Pennsylvania are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Pennsylvania:

  1. Shinglehouse
  2. New Philadelphia
  3. Renovo

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Fox Chase 1,550 $99,286.0 $190,700.0
2 Seven Fields 2,829 $102,791.0 $313,100.0
3 Lemont 2,239 $86,660.0 $234,300.0
4 Clarks Summit 4,957 $76,905.0 $210,700.0
5 Narberth 4,330 $101,250.0 $442,500.0
6 Colony Park 1,434 $98,529.0 $252,500.0
7 Chesterbrook 4,675 $115,446.0 $318,400.0
8 Ne 2,041 $116,667.0 $492,300.0
9 Linntown 1,365 $74,414.0 $170,700.0
10 Ben Avon 1,884 $98,929.0 $209,700.0
11 Whitfield 4,577 $76,096.0 $202,400.0
12 Boalsburg 4,533 $100,198.0 $269,300.0
13 Lincoln Park 1,580 $61,058.0 $158,400.0
14 Laflin 1,542 $83,359.0 $209,300.0
15 Old Orchard 2,509 $73,784.0 $235,800.0
16 Flourtown 4,606 $105,417.0 $342,800.0
17 East Petersburg 4,528 $75,776.0 $170,000.0
18 Sewickley 3,862 $73,266.0 $319,800.0
19 Clarks Green 1,389 $72,500.0 $215,100.0
20 Flying Hills 2,355 $66,927.0 $162,000.0
21 Exton 4,974 $81,926.0 $310,300.0
22 Devon 1,749 $183,438.0 $558,100.0
23 Spring Ridge 1,037 $59,750.0 $241,500.0
24 Newtown Grant 3,630 $106,484.0 $350,500.0
25 Thompsonville 3,513 $103,866.0 $286,900.0
26 Lake Heritage 2,439 $78,235.0 $245,000.0
27 Grantley 3,855 $83,289.0 $220,600.0
28 Pleasant Gap 2,709 $62,064.0 $169,200.0
29 Skyline View 3,990 $85,739.0 $206,500.0
30 Thorndale 3,875 $91,923.0 $219,800.0
31 Zion 2,365 $72,619.0 $199,000.0
32 Bradford Woods 1,154 $108,958.0 $299,100.0
33 Edgeworth 1,826 $142,206.0 $470,200.0
34 Berwyn 3,405 $100,857.0 $445,600.0
35 Landisville 1,876 $68,750.0 $231,400.0
36 Avonia 1,089 $88,636.0 $188,300.0
37 Cetronia 2,396 $73,654.0 $208,200.0
38 Richlan 1,325 $68,859.0 $217,400.0
39 Woodside 2,482 $169,306.0 $485,100.0
40 Riverside 2,024 $65,543.0 $168,700.0
41 Browntown 1,461 $62,415.0 $135,800.0
42 Riverview Park 2,804 $59,181.0 $165,200.0
43 Eagleview 1,584 $74,306.0 $451,600.0
44 Bakerstown 2,508 $71,375.0 $351,100.0
45 Edgewood 3,071 $72,863.0 $197,500.0
46 Houserville 2,019 $77,188.0 $215,500.0
47 Muhlenberg Park 1,745 $60,404.0 $163,400.0
48 Wyncote 2,946 $90,000.0 $338,600.0
49 Guilford 2,883 $87,341.0 $211,100.0
50 Boiling Springs 2,857 $81,384.0 $250,400.0
51 Chalfont 4,082 $100,982.0 $328,300.0
52 Evansburg 2,336 $138,188.0 $371,900.0
53 Stormstown 2,415 $103,646.0 $283,800.0
54 South Temple 1,784 $69,833.0 $143,000.0
55 Bryn Athyn 1,362 $105,917.0 $435,700.0
56 Milford Square 1,057 $104,803.0 $231,500.0
57 Brownstown 2,274 $79,514.0 $236,900.0
58 Paxtang 1,476 $67,434.0 $136,700.0
59 Amity Gardens 3,208 $81,641.0 $216,400.0
60 Skippack 4,171 $111,178.0 $348,700.0
61 Pine Grove Mills 1,140 $67,167.0 $204,800.0
62 Macungie 3,132 $64,688.0 $185,500.0
63 Alburtis 2,495 $79,236.0 $176,000.0
64 Reiffton 4,657 $84,615.0 $191,900.0
65 Mohnton 3,060 $59,056.0 $164,100.0
66 Hummel 4,583 $56,087.0 $181,700.0
67 Westmont 4,908 $70,441.0 $158,300.0
68 Village Shires 3,880 $74,728.0 $365,400.0
69 Yardley 2,289 $82,614.0 $329,600.0
70 Churchville 3,901 $132,072.0 $409,700.0
71 North Wales 3,250 $76,803.0 $233,600.0
72 Dallas 2,779 $81,964.0 $170,100.0
73 Dorneyville 4,262 $88,968.0 $252,400.0
74 Woodbourne 3,779 $149,478.0 $443,000.0
75 Malvern 3,438 $77,639.0 $363,300.0
76 East Berwick 2,400 $55,583.0 $141,800.0
77 Bell Acres 1,362 $101,250.0 $299,600.0
78 Nixon 1,125 $92,045.0 $280,200.0
79 Mcgovern 2,590 $60,625.0 $184,400.0
80 Tyler Run 1,622 $64,417.0 $200,500.0
81 Stonybrook 2,191 $87,303.0 $211,100.0
82 Bryn Mawr 3,540 $58,636.0 $270,700.0
83 Langhorne 1,536 $83,583.0 $351,000.0
84 Harmony 1,011 $71,591.0 $183,300.0
85 Carroll Valley 3,894 $82,153.0 $223,400.0
86 Cornwells Heights 1,123 $49,886.0 $264,400.0
87 Aspinwall 2,769 $67,096.0 $270,000.0
88 Hilldale 1,580 $58,387.0 $176,500.0
89 Vinco 1,105 $68,988.0 $130,400.0
90 Adam 2,203 $76,620.0 $202,900.0
91 Stiles 1,207 $57,353.0 $184,100.0
92 New Freedom 4,586 $89,545.0 $277,700.0
93 Shrewsbury 3,829 $69,227.0 $219,100.0
94 Level Green 3,951 $76,950.0 $181,600.0
95 Oak Hills 2,344 $69,398.0 $188,800.0
96 Greencastle 4,034 $59,969.0 $184,100.0
97 West Conshohocken 1,301 $103,438.0 $336,000.0
98 Dalton 1,298 $76,786.0 $206,600.0
99 Muse 2,492 $100,800.0 $275,800.0
100 Akron 3,975 $64,808.0 $178,700.0

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