These Are The 10 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 Shenandoah 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:

  1. Franklin Park
  2. Mount Joy
  3. Jefferson Hills
  4. Millersville
  5. Archbald
  6. Bloomsburg
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Coatesville
  9. Kennett Square
  10. Oxford

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

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 195 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882
Population 2010: 12,985
Growth Rate: 6.91%
Absolute Growth: 897

2. Mount Joy

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,774
Population 2010: 7,310
Growth Rate: 6.35%
Absolute Growth: 464

3. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,984
Population 2010: 10,375
Growth Rate: 5.87%
Absolute Growth: 609

4. Millersville

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,320
Population 2010: 8,077
Growth Rate: 3.01%
Absolute Growth: 243

5. Archbald

Archbald, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,053
Population 2010: 6,855
Growth Rate: 2.89%
Absolute Growth: 198

6. Bloomsburg

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,699
Population 2010: 14,299
Growth Rate: 2.8%
Absolute Growth: 400

7. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,546,920
Population 2010: 1,504,950
Growth Rate: 2.79%
Absolute Growth: 41,970

8. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,130
Population 2010: 12,774
Growth Rate: 2.79%
Absolute Growth: 356

9. Kennett Square

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,123
Population 2010: 5,959
Growth Rate: 2.75%
Absolute Growth: 164

10. Oxford

Oxford, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,100
Population 2010: 4,971
Growth Rate: 2.6%
Absolute Growth: 129

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Pennsylvania are led by Franklin Park which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Pennsylvania

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Franklin Park 1 13,882 12,985 897 6.9%
Mount Joy 2 7,774 7,310 464 6.3%
Jefferson Hills 3 10,984 10,375 609 5.9%
Millersville 4 8,320 8,077 243 3.0%
Archbald 5 7,053 6,855 198 2.9%
Bloomsburg 6 14,699 14,299 400 2.8%
Philadelphia 7 1,546,920 1,504,950 41,970 2.8%
Coatesville 8 13,130 12,774 356 2.8%
Kennett Square 9 6,123 5,959 164 2.8%
Oxford 10 5,100 4,971 129 2.6%
Chambersburg 11 20,430 19,924 506 2.5%
Waynesboro 12 10,673 10,438 235 2.3%
Lock Haven 13 9,860 9,644 216 2.2%
Collegeville 14 5,263 5,150 113 2.2%
Allentown 15 118,793 116,398 2,395 2.1%
Moosic 16 5,712 5,598 114 2.0%
Plum 17 27,386 26,849 537 2.0%
Norri 18 34,454 33,783 671 2.0%
Carlisle 19 18,877 18,516 361 1.9%
West Chester 20 18,860 18,530 330 1.8%
Phoenixville 21 16,530 16,249 281 1.7%
California 22 6,703 6,592 111 1.7%
Murrysville 23 20,171 19,847 324 1.6%
Palmyra 24 7,399 7,292 107 1.5%
Economy 25 9,133 9,004 129 1.4%
Selinsgrove 26 5,698 5,621 77 1.4%
Olyphant 27 5,178 5,113 65 1.3%
Hazleton 28 25,179 24,877 302 1.2%
Hatboro 29 7,403 7,315 88 1.2%
New Holland 30 5,407 5,343 64 1.2%
Ambler 31 6,481 6,409 72 1.1%
Ephrata 32 13,529 13,384 145 1.1%
Lansdale 33 16,382 16,211 171 1.1%
Pott 34 22,519 22,302 217 1.0%
Conshohocken 35 7,864 7,789 75 1.0%
Lititz 36 9,386 9,298 88 0.9%
Lancaster 37 59,368 58,819 549 0.9%
Baldwin 38 19,791 19,622 169 0.9%
Darby 39 10,689 10,601 88 0.8%
Brookhaven 40 8,045 7,981 64 0.8%
Camp Hill 41 7,891 7,829 62 0.8%
Reading 42 88,051 87,404 647 0.7%
Hanover 43 15,365 15,256 109 0.7%
Sharon Hill 44 5,685 5,649 36 0.6%
Canonsburg 45 8,973 8,917 56 0.6%
Lebanon 46 25,553 25,412 141 0.6%
York 47 43,817 43,592 225 0.5%
Hermitage 48 16,237 16,155 82 0.5%
State College 49 42,066 41,876 190 0.5%
Kut 50 5,016 4,995 21 0.4%
Bethlehem 51 75,050 74,752 298 0.4%
South Williamsport 52 6,370 6,345 25 0.4%
Pleasant Hills 53 8,291 8,259 32 0.4%
Easton 54 26,977 26,902 75 0.3%
Bethel Park 55 32,338 32,249 89 0.3%
Yeadon 56 11,506 11,476 30 0.3%
Collingdale 57 8,778 8,757 21 0.2%
Swarthmore 58 6,198 6,185 13 0.2%
Monroeville 59 28,365 28,308 57 0.2%
Emmaus 60 11,291 11,269 22 0.2%
Castle Shannon 61 8,317 8,301 16 0.2%
Hollidaysburg 62 5,792 5,781 11 0.2%
Downin 63 7,921 7,907 14 0.2%
Norwood 64 5,897 5,891 6 0.1%
Elizabet 65 11,602 11,591 11 0.1%
Columbia 66 10,399 10,391 8 0.1%
Whitehall 67 13,931 13,921 10 0.1%
Catasauqua 68 6,477 6,473 4 0.1%
Shillington 69 5,272 5,269 3 0.1%
Bellefonte 70 6,250 6,247 3 0.0%
Northampton 71 9,921 9,917 4 0.0%
Prospect Park 72 6,464 6,462 2 0.0%
Ridley Park 73 7,021 7,019 2 0.0%
Huntingdon 74 7,069 7,067 2 0.0%
Clifton Heights 75 6,656 6,656 0 0.0%
Oakmont 76 6,358 6,360 -2 -0.0%
Fox Chapel 77 5,397 5,400 -3 -0.1%
Harrisburg 78 49,297 49,332 -35 -0.1%
Mechanicsburg 79 8,971 8,981 -10 -0.1%
Helle 80 5,881 5,888 -7 -0.1%
Media 81 5,341 5,348 -7 -0.1%
Bridgeville 82 5,142 5,149 -7 -0.1%
Carnegie 83 7,960 7,973 -13 -0.2%
New Cumberland 84 7,276 7,289 -13 -0.2%
Milton 85 7,017 7,030 -13 -0.2%
Clarks Summit 86 5,101 5,115 -14 -0.3%
Indiana 87 14,025 14,064 -39 -0.3%
Scranton 88 75,842 76,065 -223 -0.3%
Birdsboro 89 5,158 5,177 -19 -0.4%
Lansdowne 90 10,618 10,659 -41 -0.4%
Doyle 91 8,353 8,388 -35 -0.4%
Bellevue 92 8,338 8,375 -37 -0.4%
Williamsport 93 29,377 29,508 -131 -0.4%
Swoyersville 94 5,038 5,061 -23 -0.5%
Dickson City 95 6,049 6,078 -29 -0.5%
Souderton 96 6,668 6,702 -34 -0.5%
Glenolden 97 7,150 7,187 -37 -0.5%
Folcroft 98 6,615 6,650 -35 -0.5%
Wyomissing 99 10,467 10,528 -61 -0.6%
Steelton 100 5,959 5,994 -35 -0.6%
Forest Hills 101 6,501 6,540 -39 -0.6%
Edinboro 102 6,484 6,523 -39 -0.6%
Pittsburgh 103 306,045 308,003 -1,958 -0.6%
Mckees Rocks 104 6,088 6,127 -39 -0.6%
Grove City 105 8,242 8,295 -53 -0.6%
Red Lion 106 6,343 6,384 -41 -0.6%
West View 107 6,752 6,796 -44 -0.6%
White Oak 108 7,851 7,903 -52 -0.7%
Middl 109 8,909 8,970 -61 -0.7%
Palmerton 110 5,382 5,420 -38 -0.7%
Wilson 111 7,852 7,912 -60 -0.8%
Erie 112 100,832 101,635 -803 -0.8%
Gettysburg 113 7,632 7,693 -61 -0.8%
Dunmore 114 13,974 14,092 -118 -0.8%
Shippensburg 115 5,479 5,526 -47 -0.9%
Swissvale 116 8,963 9,041 -78 -0.9%
Munhall 117 11,355 11,456 -101 -0.9%
Brentwood 118 9,625 9,711 -86 -0.9%
Coraopolis 119 5,655 5,706 -51 -0.9%
Nanticoke 120 10,395 10,492 -97 -0.9%
Pittston 121 7,702 7,774 -72 -0.9%
Exeter 122 5,633 5,686 -53 -0.9%
Wilkes-Barre 123 41,202 41,595 -393 -0.9%
Lewi 124 8,341 8,422 -81 -1.0%
Corry 125 6,546 6,610 -64 -1.0%
Dormont 126 8,565 8,652 -87 -1.0%
Taylor 127 6,230 6,294 -64 -1.0%
Kingston 128 13,105 13,244 -139 -1.0%
Sugarcreek 129 5,238 5,294 -56 -1.1%
Perkasie 130 8,511 8,604 -93 -1.1%
West Mifflin 131 20,271 20,497 -226 -1.1%
Sayre 132 5,553 5,616 -63 -1.1%
Bangor 133 5,256 5,317 -61 -1.1%
Schuylkill Haven 134 5,368 5,431 -63 -1.2%
Quake 135 8,939 9,055 -116 -1.3%
Old Forge 136 8,265 8,374 -109 -1.3%
Chester 137 34,007 34,464 -457 -1.3%
Meadville 138 13,307 13,486 -179 -1.3%
Monaca 139 5,721 5,801 -80 -1.4%
Lewisburg 140 5,781 5,862 -81 -1.4%
Tyrone 141 5,433 5,510 -77 -1.4%
Washington 142 13,715 13,915 -200 -1.4%
Tamaqua 143 6,994 7,097 -103 -1.5%
Greenville 144 5,919 6,007 -88 -1.5%
Turtle Creek 145 5,335 5,415 -80 -1.5%
Punxsutawney 146 5,927 6,025 -98 -1.6%
Dubois 147 7,718 7,846 -128 -1.6%
Crafton 148 5,931 6,031 -100 -1.7%
Berwick 149 10,398 10,581 -183 -1.7%
Carbondale 150 8,843 9,002 -159 -1.8%
Bristol 151 9,657 9,831 -174 -1.8%
Plymouth 152 5,905 6,012 -107 -1.8%
Blakely 153 6,534 6,659 -125 -1.9%
Altoona 154 45,987 46,883 -896 -1.9%
Nazareth 155 5,723 5,835 -112 -1.9%
Shamokin 156 7,295 7,447 -152 -2.0%
Bradford 157 8,665 8,847 -182 -2.1%
Greensburg 158 14,726 15,037 -311 -2.1%
Lower Burrell 159 11,653 11,906 -253 -2.1%
Mount Carmel 160 5,833 5,960 -127 -2.1%
Ambridge 161 6,973 7,126 -153 -2.1%
Lehighton 162 5,427 5,548 -121 -2.2%
Sunbury 163 9,817 10,042 -225 -2.2%
Clearfield 164 6,143 6,284 -141 -2.2%
New Brighton 165 5,973 6,111 -138 -2.3%
East Stroudsburg 166 9,773 10,000 -227 -2.3%
Warren 167 9,543 9,772 -229 -2.3%
Vandergrift 168 5,142 5,269 -127 -2.4%
Westmont 169 5,086 5,216 -130 -2.5%
Pottsville 170 14,136 14,518 -382 -2.6%
Somerset 171 6,185 6,353 -168 -2.6%
Beaver Falls 172 8,842 9,092 -250 -2.7%
Wilkinsburg 173 15,894 16,348 -454 -2.8%
St. Marys 174 12,940 13,318 -378 -2.8%
Monessen 175 7,630 7,863 -233 -3.0%
Franklin 176 6,448 6,648 -200 -3.0%
Oil City 177 10,383 10,707 -324 -3.0%
Butler 178 13,609 14,035 -426 -3.0%
Shenandoah 179 5,002 5,161 -159 -3.1%
New Kensington 180 12,959 13,372 -413 -3.1%
Arnold 181 5,090 5,254 -164 -3.1%
Jeannette 182 9,522 9,840 -318 -3.2%
Mckeesport 183 19,663 20,341 -678 -3.3%
Stroudsburg 184 5,528 5,733 -205 -3.6%
Morrisville 185 8,689 9,020 -331 -3.7%
Connellsville 186 7,578 7,882 -304 -3.9%
Clairton 187 6,752 7,023 -271 -3.9%
Titusville 188 5,479 5,701 -222 -3.9%
New Castle 189 22,883 23,836 -953 -4.0%
Johnstown 190 20,576 21,448 -872 -4.1%
Sharon 191 13,845 14,456 -611 -4.2%
Aliquippa 192 9,356 9,779 -423 -4.3%
Duquesne 193 5,558 5,826 -268 -4.6%
Uniontown 194 10,203 10,727 -524 -4.9%
Ellwood City 195 7,743 8,206 -463 -5.6%

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