These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018


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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 Arnold and Kut, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Mount Joy (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. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Millersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Selinsgrove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Chambersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Waynesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Franklin Park, 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.

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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 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 190 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 2016 – 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. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,228
Population 2010: 12,985
Growth Rate: 9.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,243
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.

2. Mount Joy

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Population: 7,978
Population 2010: 7,310
Growth Rate: 9.14%
Absolute Growth: 668
More on Mount Joy: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Population: 11,214
Population 2010: 10,375
Growth Rate: 8.09%
Absolute Growth: 839
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

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Population: 5,221
Population 2010: 4,971
Growth Rate: 5.03%
Absolute Growth: 250
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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: 19,434
Population 2010: 18,530
Growth Rate: 4.88%
Absolute Growth: 904
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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. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,559,938
Population 2010: 1,504,950
Growth Rate: 3.65%
Absolute Growth: 54,988
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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.

7. Millersville

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Population: 8,370
Population 2010: 8,077
Growth Rate: 3.63%
Absolute Growth: 293
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.

8. Selinsgrove

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,810
Population 2010: 5,621
Growth Rate: 3.36%
Absolute Growth: 189
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.

9. Chambersburg

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,576
Population 2010: 19,924
Growth Rate: 3.27%
Absolute Growth: 652
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.

10. Waynesboro

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,764
Population 2010: 10,438
Growth Rate: 3.12%
Absolute Growth: 326
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 Franklin Park 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

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Franklin Park 1 14,228 12,985 1,243 9.6%
Mount Joy 2 7,978 7,310 668 9.1%
Jefferson Hills 3 11,214 10,375 839 8.1%
Oxford 4 5,221 4,971 250 5.0%
West Chester 5 19,434 18,530 904 4.9%
Philadelphia 6 1,559,938 1,504,950 54,988 3.7%
Millersville 7 8,370 8,077 293 3.6%
Selinsgrove 8 5,810 5,621 189 3.4%
Chambersburg 9 20,576 19,924 652 3.3%
Waynesboro 10 10,764 10,438 326 3.1%
Kennett Square 11 6,139 5,959 180 3.0%
Coatesville 12 13,132 12,774 358 2.8%
Allentown 13 119,624 116,398 3,226 2.8%
Carlisle 14 19,014 18,516 498 2.7%
Archbald 15 7,036 6,855 181 2.6%
Economy 16 9,240 9,004 236 2.6%
Palmyra 17 7,481 7,292 189 2.6%
Collegeville 18 5,279 5,150 129 2.5%
Ephrata 19 13,714 13,384 330 2.5%
Phoenixville 20 16,638 16,249 389 2.4%
Moosic 21 5,731 5,598 133 2.4%
Plum 22 27,474 26,849 625 2.3%
Bloomsburg 23 14,619 14,299 320 2.2%
Norri 24 34,460 33,783 677 2.0%
Conshohocken 25 7,916 7,789 127 1.6%
Ambler 26 6,507 6,409 98 1.5%
Lansdale 27 16,454 16,211 243 1.5%
Pott 28 22,619 22,302 317 1.4%
New Holland 29 5,418 5,343 75 1.4%
Hatboro 30 7,412 7,315 97 1.3%
Hanover 31 15,429 15,256 173 1.1%
Camp Hill 32 7,912 7,829 83 1.1%
Lebanon 33 25,654 25,412 242 1.0%
Oakmont 34 6,420 6,360 60 0.9%
Brookhaven 35 8,056 7,981 75 0.9%
Lancaster 36 59,341 58,819 522 0.9%
Baldwin 37 19,794 19,622 172 0.9%
Olyphant 38 5,156 5,113 43 0.8%
Lock Haven 39 9,725 9,644 81 0.8%
Emmaus 40 11,363 11,269 94 0.8%
Sharon Hill 41 5,691 5,649 42 0.7%
Darby 42 10,677 10,601 76 0.7%
Bellefonte 43 6,287 6,247 40 0.6%
York 44 43,848 43,592 256 0.6%
Reading 45 87,899 87,404 495 0.6%
Kut 46 5,023 4,995 28 0.6%
Catasauqua 47 6,509 6,473 36 0.6%
Swarthmore 48 6,218 6,185 33 0.5%
Souderton 49 6,737 6,702 35 0.5%
Bethlehem 50 75,110 74,752 358 0.5%
State College 51 42,074 41,876 198 0.5%
Downin 52 7,940 7,907 33 0.4%
Easton 53 27,014 26,902 112 0.4%
Scranton 54 76,380 76,065 315 0.4%
Middl 55 9,002 8,970 32 0.4%
Hazleton 56 24,954 24,877 77 0.3%
Yeadon 57 11,506 11,476 30 0.3%
East Stroudsburg 58 10,023 10,000 23 0.2%
Collingdale 59 8,777 8,757 20 0.2%
Clifton Heights 60 6,670 6,656 14 0.2%
Ridley Park 61 7,032 7,019 13 0.2%
Canonsburg 62 8,933 8,917 16 0.2%
Hollidaysburg 63 5,790 5,781 9 0.2%
Norwood 64 5,900 5,891 9 0.2%
Pleasant Hills 65 8,271 8,259 12 0.1%
Mechanicsburg 66 8,989 8,981 8 0.1%
Prospect Park 67 6,467 6,462 5 0.1%
Elizabet 68 11,598 11,591 7 0.1%
Shippensburg 69 5,529 5,526 3 0.1%
New Cumberland 70 7,290 7,289 1 0.0%
Media 71 5,345 5,348 -3 -0.1%
Shillington 72 5,265 5,269 -4 -0.1%
Columbia 73 10,382 10,391 -9 -0.1%
Fox Chapel 74 5,392 5,400 -8 -0.1%
Castle Shannon 75 8,288 8,301 -13 -0.2%
South Williamsport 76 6,328 6,345 -17 -0.3%
Glenolden 77 7,167 7,187 -20 -0.3%
Northampton 78 9,887 9,917 -30 -0.3%
Whitehall 79 13,873 13,921 -48 -0.3%
Harrisburg 80 49,160 49,332 -172 -0.3%
Huntingdon 81 7,042 7,067 -25 -0.4%
Lansdowne 82 10,621 10,659 -38 -0.4%
Carnegie 83 7,944 7,973 -29 -0.4%
California 84 6,564 6,592 -28 -0.4%
Indiana 85 14,002 14,064 -62 -0.4%
Hermitage 86 16,077 16,155 -78 -0.5%
Folcroft 87 6,616 6,650 -34 -0.5%
Birdsboro 88 5,145 5,177 -32 -0.6%
Bridgeville 89 5,117 5,149 -32 -0.6%
Gettysburg 90 7,643 7,693 -50 -0.6%
Wyomissing 91 10,442 10,528 -86 -0.8%
Helle 92 5,837 5,888 -51 -0.9%
Pittsburgh 93 305,305 308,003 -2,698 -0.9%
Milton 94 6,968 7,030 -62 -0.9%
Steelton 95 5,938 5,994 -56 -0.9%
Lititz 96 9,209 9,298 -89 -1.0%
Doyle 97 8,305 8,388 -83 -1.0%
Forest Hills 98 6,475 6,540 -65 -1.0%
Red Lion 99 6,318 6,384 -66 -1.0%
Bellevue 100 8,285 8,375 -90 -1.1%

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