These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Pennsylvania.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, while others want peace and quiet like in Kut and Vandergrift, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Pennsylvania have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Keystone State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Pennsylvania for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Mount Joy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jefferson Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. West Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Selinsgrove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chambersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Millersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Pennsylvania are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Keystone State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 187 Pennsylvania cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Keystone State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Pennsylvania with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in pennsylvania

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1. Mount Joy

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Population: 8,071
Population 2010: 7,310
Growth Rate: 10.41%
Absolute Growth: 761
More on Mount Joy: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,301
Population 2010: 12,985
Growth Rate: 10.13%
Absolute Growth: 1,316
More on Franklin Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

3. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Population: 11,244
Population 2010: 10,375
Growth Rate: 8.38%
Absolute Growth: 869
More on Jefferson Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
Jefferson Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. It includes the community of Large. In the 2010 census the population was 10,619. Jefferson Hills was created as Jefferson Township, incorporating on January 22, 1828, and named after Thomas Jefferson. The borough is a part of West Jefferson Hills School District. Before 1998, the borough was known as Jefferson.

4. Oxford

Oxford, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,327
Population 2010: 4,971
Growth Rate: 7.16%
Absolute Growth: 356
More on Oxford: Homes For Sale | Data
Oxford is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States. Oxford is the closest town to Lincoln University. The population was 5,077 at the 2010 census.

5. West Chester

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,698
Population 2010: 18,530
Growth Rate: 6.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,168
More on West Chester: Homes For Sale | Data
West Chester is a borough and the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 18,461 at the 2010 census.

6. Selinsgrove

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,875
Population 2010: 5,621
Growth Rate: 4.52%
Absolute Growth: 254
More on Selinsgrove: Homes For Sale | Data
Selinsgrove is a borough in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest borough in Snyder County. The population was 5,383 at the 2000 census.

7. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,569,657
Population 2010: 1,504,950
Growth Rate: 4.3%
Absolute Growth: 64,707
More on Philadelphia: Homes For Sale | Data
Philadelphia (/fldlfi/) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016[update]. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region’s population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

8. Chambersburg

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,640
Population 2010: 19,924
Growth Rate: 3.59%
Absolute Growth: 716
More on Chambersburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Chambersburg is a borough in the South Central region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is 13 miles (21 km) north of Maryland and the Mason-Dixon line and 52 miles (84 km) southwest of Harrisburg in the Cumberland Valley, which is part of the Great Appalachian Valley. Chambersburg is the county seat of Franklin County. According to the United States Census Bureau the 2010 population was 20,268. When combined with the surrounding Greene, Hamilton, and Guilford Townships, the population of Greater Chambersburg is 52,273. Chambersburg is at the core of the Chambersburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area which includes surrounding Franklin County. The population of the Chambersburg Micropolitan Area in 2010 was 149,618.

9. Millersville

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Population: 8,366
Population 2010: 8,077
Growth Rate: 3.58%
Absolute Growth: 289
More on Millersville: Homes For Sale | Data
Millersville is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 7,774.

10. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,793
Population 2010: 10,438
Growth Rate: 3.4%
Absolute Growth: 355
More on Waynesboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Waynesboro is a borough in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on the southern border of the state. Waynesboro is in the Cumberland Valley between Hagerstown, Maryland, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. It is part of Chambersburg, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. It is 2 miles north of the Mason–Dixon line and close to Camp David and the Raven Rock Mountain Complex.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Pennsylvania are led by Mount Joy which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Pennsylvania

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Mount Joy 8,071 7,310 761 10.4%
2 Franklin Park 14,301 12,985 1,316 10.1%
3 Jefferson Hills 11,244 10,375 869 8.4%
4 Oxford 5,327 4,971 356 7.2%
5 West Chester 19,698 18,530 1,168 6.3%
6 Selinsgrove 5,875 5,621 254 4.5%
7 Philadelphia 1,569,657 1,504,950 64,707 4.3%
8 Chambersburg 20,640 19,924 716 3.6%
9 Millersville 8,366 8,077 289 3.6%
10 Waynesboro 10,793 10,438 355 3.4%
11 Carlisle 19,113 18,516 597 3.2%
12 Allentown 120,128 116,398 3,730 3.2%
13 Coatesville 13,169 12,774 395 3.1%
14 Phoenixville 16,743 16,249 494 3.0%
15 Kennett Square 6,138 5,959 179 3.0%
16 Ephrata 13,785 13,384 401 3.0%
17 Palmyra 7,488 7,292 196 2.7%
18 Conshohocken 7,985 7,789 196 2.5%
19 Economy 9,230 9,004 226 2.5%
20 Moosic 5,728 5,598 130 2.3%
21 Norri 34,556 33,783 773 2.3%
22 Archbald 7,004 6,855 149 2.2%
23 Plum 27,390 26,849 541 2.0%
24 New Holland 5,445 5,343 102 1.9%
25 Pott 22,715 22,302 413 1.9%
26 Lansdale 16,506 16,211 295 1.8%
27 Ambler 6,525 6,409 116 1.8%
28 Souderton 6,813 6,702 111 1.7%
29 Hatboro 7,436 7,315 121 1.7%
30 Hanover 15,506 15,256 250 1.6%
31 East Stroudsburg 10,149 10,000 149 1.5%
32 Middl 9,098 8,970 128 1.4%
33 Bloomsburg 14,500 14,299 201 1.4%
34 Collegeville 5,221 5,150 71 1.4%
35 Oakmont 6,440 6,360 80 1.3%
36 Lancaster 59,556 58,819 737 1.3%
37 Lebanon 25,703 25,412 291 1.1%
38 Sharon Hill 5,711 5,649 62 1.1%
39 York 44,058 43,592 466 1.1%
40 Catasauqua 6,541 6,473 68 1.1%
41 Darby 10,710 10,601 109 1.0%
42 Reading 88,275 87,404 871 1.0%
43 Camp Hill 7,906 7,829 77 1.0%
44 Swarthmore 6,243 6,185 58 0.9%
45 Brookhaven 8,051 7,981 70 0.9%
46 State College 42,224 41,876 348 0.8%
47 Emmaus 11,360 11,269 91 0.8%
48 Kut 5,035 4,995 40 0.8%
49 Scranton 76,624 76,065 559 0.7%
50 Downin 7,961 7,907 54 0.7%
51 Bethlehem 75,240 74,752 488 0.7%
52 Baldwin 19,743 19,622 121 0.6%
53 Shippensburg 5,558 5,526 32 0.6%
54 Bellefonte 6,282 6,247 35 0.6%
55 Easton 27,045 26,902 143 0.5%
56 Collingdale 8,800 8,757 43 0.5%
57 Clifton Heights 6,688 6,656 32 0.5%
58 Prospect Park 6,492 6,462 30 0.5%
59 Yeadon 11,523 11,476 47 0.4%
60 Mechanicsburg 9,016 8,981 35 0.4%
61 Columbia 10,430 10,391 39 0.4%
62 Olyphant 5,127 5,113 14 0.3%
63 Shillington 5,282 5,269 13 0.2%
64 Ridley Park 7,035 7,019 16 0.2%
65 New Cumberland 7,305 7,289 16 0.2%
66 Norwood 5,896 5,891 5 0.1%
67 Hazleton 24,882 24,877 5 0.0%
68 Media 5,346 5,348 -2 -0.0%
69 Canonsburg 8,913 8,917 -4 -0.0%
70 Elizabet 11,579 11,591 -12 -0.1%
71 Harrisburg 49,278 49,332 -54 -0.1%
72 Lansdowne 10,641 10,659 -18 -0.2%
73 Glenolden 7,167 7,187 -20 -0.3%
74 Northampton 9,888 9,917 -29 -0.3%
75 Lititz 9,269 9,298 -29 -0.3%
76 Birdsboro 5,156 5,177 -21 -0.4%
77 Pleasant Hills 8,225 8,259 -34 -0.4%
78 Hollidaysburg 5,755 5,781 -26 -0.4%
79 Folcroft 6,620 6,650 -30 -0.5%
80 Carnegie 7,935 7,973 -38 -0.5%
81 Huntingdon 7,025 7,067 -42 -0.6%
82 Castle Shannon 8,251 8,301 -50 -0.6%
83 Whitehall 13,828 13,921 -93 -0.7%
84 Steelton 5,953 5,994 -41 -0.7%
85 Fox Chapel 5,363 5,400 -37 -0.7%
86 Wyomissing 10,452 10,528 -76 -0.7%
87 Gettysburg 7,627 7,693 -66 -0.9%
88 Helle 5,833 5,888 -55 -0.9%
89 Red Lion 6,324 6,384 -60 -0.9%
90 Doyle 8,307 8,388 -81 -1.0%
91 Pittsburgh 305,012 308,003 -2,991 -1.0%
92 Chester 34,102 34,464 -362 -1.1%
93 Lock Haven 9,540 9,644 -104 -1.1%
94 Bridgeville 5,091 5,149 -58 -1.1%
95 Perkasie 8,505 8,604 -99 -1.2%
96 Pittston 7,682 7,774 -92 -1.2%
97 California 6,513 6,592 -79 -1.2%
98 Wilson 7,817 7,912 -95 -1.2%
99 Bellevue 8,269 8,375 -106 -1.3%
100 Exeter 5,614 5,686 -72 -1.3%

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