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:
- Mount Joy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jefferson Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oxford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Chester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Selinsgrove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chambersburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Millersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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]
1. Mount Joy
2. Franklin Park
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Pennsylvania