Fastest Growing Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Pennsylvania everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 Sugarcreek, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Pennsylvania for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Franklin Park ranks as the fastest growing city in Pennsylvania. 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.

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.

For more Pennsylvania state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,448
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 12,985
Percent Growth 11.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,463
More on Franklin Park: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

Mount Joy, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,106
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,310
Percent Growth 10.9%
Absolute Growth: 796
More on Mount Joy: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Oxford, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,420
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,971
Percent Growth 9.0%
Absolute Growth: 449
More on Oxford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,231
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 10,375
Percent Growth 8.3%
Absolute Growth: 856
More on Jefferson Hills: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

West Chester, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,888
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,530
Percent Growth 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,358
More on West Chester: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Selinsgrove, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,897
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,621
Percent Growth 4.9%
Absolute Growth: 276
More on Selinsgrove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,575,522
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 1,504,950
Percent Growth 4.7%
Absolute Growth: 70,572
More on Philadelphia: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Philadelphia 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 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. 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 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Chambersburg, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,734
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 19,924
Percent Growth 4.1%
Absolute Growth: 810
More on Chambersburg: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Chambersburg is a borough in the South Central region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is 13 miles north of Maryland and the Mason-Dixon line and 52 miles 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.

Waynesboro, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,842
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 10,438
Percent Growth 3.9%
Absolute Growth: 404
More on Waynesboro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Phoenixville, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,815
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 16,249
Percent Growth 3.5%
Absolute Growth: 566
More on Phoenixville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Phoenixville is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia, at the junction of French Creek with the Schuylkill River. It is located in the Philadelphia Metro Area. The population is 16,440 as of the 2010 Census.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Keystone State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Pennsylvania, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Edinboro
  2. Uniontown
  3. Johnstown

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Pennsylvania For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Franklin Park 11.3% 14,448 12,985
2 Mount Joy 10.9% 8,106 7,310
3 Oxford 9.0% 5,420 4,971
4 Jefferson Hills 8.3% 11,231 10,375
5 West Chester 7.3% 19,888 18,530
6 Selinsgrove 4.9% 5,897 5,621
7 Philadelphia 4.7% 1,575,522 1,504,950
8 Chambersburg 4.1% 20,734 19,924
9 Waynesboro 3.9% 10,842 10,438
10 Phoenixville 3.5% 16,815 16,249

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