Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Pennsylvania.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Pennsylvania for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Pennsylvania? Chesterbrook is the best small town in Pennsylvania based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Chesterbrook, 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,714
Median Income: $119,010 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,800 (35th Best)
More on Chesterbrook: Data | Homes For Sale

Narberth, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,350
Median Income: $106,379 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $477,300 (8th Best)
More on Narberth: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Seven Fields, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,791
Median Income: $102,454 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $318,200 (33rd Best)
More on Seven Fields: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Clarks Summit, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,915
Median Income: $70,774 (155th Best)
Median Home Value: $199,300 (139th Best)
More on Clarks Summit: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,265
Median Income: $101,250 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $268,300 (59th Best)
More on Colony Park: Data | Homes For Sale

East Petersburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,508
Median Income: $79,898 (111th Best)
Median Home Value: $181,600 (193rd Best)
More on East Petersburg: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,694
Median Income: $98,664 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $196,800 (146th Best)
More on Fox Chase: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,008
Median Income: $183,333 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $600,200 (2nd Best)
More on Devon: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,953
Median Income: $118,654 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $558,800 (4th Best)
More on Ne: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,439
Median Income: $85,938 (76th Best)
Median Home Value: $236,100 (86th Best)
More on Lemont: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,865
Median Income: $92,188 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $215,400 (111th Best)
More on Ben Avon: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,636
Median Income: $115,463 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $355,000 (21st Best)
More on Newtown Grant: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,344
Median Income: $80,417 (110th Best)
Median Home Value: $182,700 (191st Best)
More on Linntown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,524
Median Income: $106,607 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $342,600 (24th Best)
More on Flourtown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,666
Median Income: $102,722 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $291,900 (40th Best)
More on Boalsburg: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 696 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 696, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Pennsylvania. Top of that list — Chesterbrook. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Pennsylvania.

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 15 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. Midland
  3. Glen Lyon

For more pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Chesterbrook, PA 4,714 $119,010.0 $312,800.0
2 Narberth, PA 4,350 $106,379.0 $477,300.0
3 Seven Fields, PA 2,791 $102,454.0 $318,200.0
4 Clarks Summit, PA 4,915 $70,774.0 $199,300.0
5 Colony Park, PA 1,265 $101,250.0 $268,300.0
6 East Petersburg, PA 4,508 $79,898.0 $181,600.0
7 Fox Chase, PA 1,694 $98,664.0 $196,800.0
8 Devon, PA 2,008 $183,333.0 $600,200.0
9 Ne, PA 1,953 $118,654.0 $558,800.0
10 Lemont, PA 2,439 $85,938.0 $236,100.0
11 Ben Avon, PA 1,865 $92,188.0 $215,400.0
12 Newtown Grant, PA 3,636 $115,463.0 $355,000.0
13 Linntown, PA 1,344 $80,417.0 $182,700.0
14 Flourtown, PA 4,524 $106,607.0 $342,600.0
15 Boalsburg, PA 4,666 $102,722.0 $291,900.0
16 Wyncote, PA 3,014 $84,866.0 $333,800.0
17 Whitfield, PA 4,813 $81,277.0 $212,000.0
18 Boiling Springs, PA 3,144 $82,545.0 $254,500.0
19 Cetronia, PA 2,558 $84,783.0 $215,700.0
20 Berwyn, PA 3,268 $108,000.0 $478,300.0
21 Thompsonville, PA 3,412 $117,750.0 $288,900.0
22 Bradford Woods, PA 1,201 $112,344.0 $334,700.0
23 Dorneyville, PA 4,226 $91,701.0 $253,900.0
24 North Wales, PA 3,260 $86,583.0 $240,200.0
25 Old Orchard, PA 2,432 $75,435.0 $238,300.0
26 Ivyland, PA 1,179 $111,786.0 $405,600.0
27 Clarks Green, PA 1,532 $79,375.0 $220,400.0
28 Sewickley, PA 3,838 $72,727.0 $326,000.0
29 Laflin, PA 1,566 $88,438.0 $209,100.0
30 Tyler Run, PA 1,775 $64,018.0 $204,200.0
31 Westmont, PA 4,866 $82,930.0 $163,600.0
32 Grantley, PA 3,901 $88,636.0 $263,100.0
33 Richlan, PA 1,202 $68,875.0 $222,600.0
34 Lake Heritage, PA 2,303 $91,250.0 $264,400.0
35 Bryn Mawr, PA 3,740 $65,000.0 $278,700.0
36 Woodside, PA 2,468 $186,453.0 $497,200.0
37 Edgewood, PA 3,070 $74,375.0 $198,900.0
38 Leith-Hatfield, PA 2,472 $75,789.0 $171,000.0
39 Eagleview, PA 1,715 $86,000.0 $461,000.0
40 Lincoln Park, PA 1,519 $87,962.0 $159,400.0
41 Chalfont, PA 4,125 $103,162.0 $325,800.0
42 Zion, PA 2,092 $90,903.0 $212,000.0
43 Bakerstown, PA 2,558 $82,366.0 $330,300.0
44 Riverview Park, PA 2,726 $68,077.0 $176,800.0
45 Churchville, PA 4,011 $133,841.0 $414,200.0
46 Stormstown, PA 2,422 $101,691.0 $290,600.0
47 Riverside, PA 2,093 $68,125.0 $176,000.0
48 Thorndale, PA 3,956 $92,486.0 $232,800.0
49 Pleasant Gap, PA 2,917 $62,885.0 $169,000.0
50 Hudson, PA 1,362 $75,547.0 $117,000.0
51 Woxall, PA 1,499 $97,813.0 $371,200.0
52 Yardley, PA 2,472 $78,781.0 $341,700.0
53 Skippack, PA 4,116 $115,987.0 $350,800.0
54 New Freedom, PA 4,618 $96,818.0 $270,100.0
55 Faxon, PA 1,360 $73,693.0 $196,000.0
56 Edgeworth, PA 1,596 $161,641.0 $602,000.0
57 Bryn Athyn, PA 1,282 $109,013.0 $426,300.0
58 Houserville, PA 2,013 $88,583.0 $220,200.0
59 Muhlenberg Park, PA 1,780 $64,854.0 $159,300.0
60 Amity Gardens, PA 3,094 $82,366.0 $210,400.0
61 Skyline View, PA 4,118 $86,769.0 $208,900.0
62 Paxtang, PA 1,650 $71,833.0 $137,500.0
63 Lemoyne, PA 4,641 $60,518.0 $157,000.0
64 Brittany Farms-The Highlands, PA 3,656 $84,688.0 $299,100.0
65 South Temple, PA 1,738 $63,229.0 $145,200.0
66 Alburtis, PA 2,528 $79,181.0 $179,500.0
67 Rockledge, PA 2,537 $65,333.0 $239,500.0
68 Fairview, PA 3,015 $69,176.0 $164,700.0
69 Avonia, PA 1,156 $97,708.0 $185,100.0
70 Aspinwall, PA 2,756 $73,818.0 $274,000.0
71 Raubsville, PA 1,433 $89,063.0 $311,900.0
72 Cecil-Bishop, PA 2,184 $69,286.0 $223,800.0
73 Spry, PA 4,745 $74,639.0 $170,000.0
74 Beaver, PA 4,368 $64,239.0 $187,700.0
75 Lawson Heights, PA 2,245 $66,510.0 $152,500.0
76 Landisville, PA 1,954 $83,838.0 $240,000.0
77 Mcmurray, PA 4,414 $114,779.0 $330,100.0
78 Malvern, PA 3,440 $93,906.0 $374,800.0
79 West Conshohocken, PA 1,349 $113,125.0 $349,500.0
80 Dallas, PA 2,779 $80,781.0 $171,100.0
81 Mcgovern, PA 2,632 $68,750.0 $186,700.0
82 New Hope, PA 2,513 $87,153.0 $575,000.0
83 Muse, PA 2,720 $100,313.0 $290,200.0
84 Russell, PA 1,383 $63,786.0 $172,000.0
85 Meridian, PA 3,765 $70,073.0 $191,100.0
86 Bell Acres, PA 1,434 $102,266.0 $297,600.0
87 Egypt, PA 2,102 $84,922.0 $214,200.0
88 Woodbourne, PA 4,006 $151,267.0 $443,200.0
89 Nixon, PA 1,206 $94,091.0 $241,800.0
90 Village Shires, PA 3,796 $81,176.0 $375,800.0
91 Reiffton, PA 4,576 $90,750.0 $195,300.0
92 Green Tree, PA 4,913 $84,952.0 $175,600.0
93 Guilford, PA 2,691 $96,743.0 $210,600.0
94 Shrewsbury, PA 3,838 $70,354.0 $231,200.0
95 Bowmansville, PA 2,123 $74,453.0 $199,200.0
96 Stonybrook, PA 2,250 $89,844.0 $233,900.0
97 Salunga, PA 3,100 $73,188.0 $215,300.0
98 Macungie, PA 3,144 $62,333.0 $183,200.0
99 Delmont, PA 2,605 $61,544.0 $158,600.0
100 Langhorne Manor, PA 1,563 $115,417.0 $360,200.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.