These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Pennsylvania go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Pennsylvania definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Pennsylvania where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Keystone State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 182 largest places in Pennsylvania, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Pennsylvania for 2018:

  1. Oil City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sharon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Farrell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Titusville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Sugarcreek (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Swarthmore (the most expensive place in Pennsylvania) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Pennsylvania and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Keystone State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Pennsylvania to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 182 places in Pennsylvania that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Oil City, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,541
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 37
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Oil City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oil City is a city in Venango County, Pennsylvania, that is known in the initial exploration and development of the petroleum industry. After the first oil wells were drilled nearby in the 1850s, Oil City became central in the petroleum industry while hosting headquarters for the Pennzoil, Quaker State, and Wolf’s Head motor oil companies. Tourism plays a prominent role in the region by promoting oil heritage sites, nature trails, and Victorian architecture. The population was 10,557 at the 2010 census, and is the principal city of the Oil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

New Castle, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,290
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 40
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Castle is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States, 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border just 18 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio. The population was 23,128 as of the 2010 census. It is the commercial center of a fertile agricultural region.

Franklin, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Franklin, PA

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin is a city in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was estimated 6,545 in the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Venango County. Franklin is part of the Oil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Franklin, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Franklin, PA

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin is a city in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was estimated 6,545 in the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Venango County. Franklin is part of the Oil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Sharon, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,060
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Sharon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sharon is a city in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in the United States, 75 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Farrell, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,047
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 44
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Farrell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Titusville, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,601
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Titusville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Titusville is a city in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,601 at the 2010 census, and the city is part of the Meadville, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area and Erie-Meadville, PA Combined Statistical Area. Titusville is where the modern oil industry began.

Sugarcreek, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,278
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Sugarcreek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Pennsylvania Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Pennsylvania, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Pennsylvania according to the data:

  1. Swarthmore
  2. Collegeville
  3. Media

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Pennsylvania

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Oil City 12.33 10,541 89 78 84
2 New Castle 12.83 23,290 89 78 84
3 Franklin 13.75 6,540 89 78 84
4 Franklin 13.75 6,540 89 78 84
5 Franklin 13.75 6,540 89 78 84
6 Franklin 13.75 6,540 89 78 84
7 Sharon 13.75 14,060 89 78 84
8 Farrell 14.25 5,047 89 78 84
9 Titusville 15.67 5,601 89 78 84
10 Sugarcreek 15.67 5,278 89 78 84
11 Corry 16.25 6,589 89 78 84
12 Greenville 16.58 5,936 89 78 84
13 Erie 19.5 101,454 89 78 84
14 Ellwood City 19.5 7,958 89 78 84
15 Meadville 20.33 13,370 89 78 84
16 Grove City 24.75 8,277 89 78 84
17 Hermitage 28.58 16,252 89 78 84
18 Edinboro 31.67 6,466 89 78 84
19 Bradford 34.67 8,766 85 88 89
20 Warren 37.75 9,672 85 88 89
21 Shenandoah 60.92 5,073 103 99 94
22 Shamokin 60.92 7,370 103 99 94
23 Mount Carmel 61.5 5,897 103 99 94
24 Tamaqua 62.58 7,064 103 99 94
25 Uniontown 62.75 10,424 111 95 96
26 Connellsville 63.5 7,694 111 95 96
27 Sunbury 64.33 9,917 103 99 94
28 Pottsville 66.0 14,315 103 99 94
29 Schuylkill Haven 67.25 5,411 103 99 94
30 York 70.17 43,677 103 99 94
31 Lebanon 70.75 25,495 103 99 94
32 Hazleton 70.75 25,166 103 99 94
33 Harrisburg 71.67 49,401 103 99 94
34 Lock Haven 71.67 9,750 103 99 94
35 Berwick 71.67 10,476 103 99 94
36 Duquesne 72.58 5,639 97 100 95
37 Turtle Creek 73.0 5,361 97 100 95
38 Steelton 73.5 5,982 103 99 94
39 Clairton 73.5 6,854 97 100 95
40 Milton 73.5 7,050 103 99 94
41 Beaver Falls 73.83 8,945 97 100 95
42 Lancaster 74.17 59,205 103 99 94
43 Columbia 74.17 10,413 103 99 94
44 Johnstown 74.58 20,976 99 104 98
45 New Brighton 75.17 6,026 97 100 95
46 Arnold 75.17 5,150 97 100 95
47 Aliquippa 75.58 9,497 97 100 95
48 Ambridge 76.33 7,042 97 100 95
49 Bloomsburg 77.0 14,608 103 99 94
50 Selinsgrove 77.0 5,624 103 99 94
51 Vandergrift 77.75 5,197 97 100 95
52 Coraopolis 78.5 5,675 97 100 95
53 Wilkinsburg 78.5 16,026 97 100 95
54 Punxsutawney 78.5 5,965 99 104 98
55 Jeannette 78.5 9,672 97 100 95
56 Monessen 78.5 7,732 97 100 95
57 Red Lion 79.0 6,378 103 99 94
58 Munhall 79.25 11,405 97 100 95
59 West Mifflin 79.25 20,335 97 100 95
60 Swissvale 79.25 8,968 97 100 95
61 Clearfield 79.42 6,203 99 104 98
62 Altoona 79.92 46,434 99 104 98
63 Palmyra 79.92 7,352 103 99 94
64 New Kensington 80.17 13,157 97 100 95
65 Butler 81.0 13,798 97 100 95
66 Waynesboro 81.08 10,568 103 99 94
67 Washington 81.42 13,720 97 100 95
68 Ephrata 81.92 13,426 103 99 94
69 Monaca 82.0 5,749 97 100 95
70 California 82.0 6,762 97 100 95
71 Tyrone 82.33 5,476 99 104 98
72 Shippensburg 82.67 5,371 103 99 94
73 Chambersburg 82.67 20,217 103 99 94
74 Pittsburgh 82.92 306,430 97 100 95
75 Brentwood 82.92 9,648 97 100 95
76 Lewisburg 83.33 5,804 103 99 94
77 New Cumberland 83.67 7,272 103 99 94
78 Hanover 83.67 15,315 103 99 94
79 Bellevue 83.92 8,362 97 100 95
80 Carnegie 83.92 7,965 97 100 95
81 Carlisle 84.25 18,727 103 99 94
82 Mount Joy 84.25 7,515 103 99 94
83 White Oak 84.33 7,875 97 100 95
84 Bridgeville 84.75 5,144 97 100 95
85 Mechanicsburg 84.83 8,966 103 99 94
86 Latrobe 85.08 8,346 99 104 98
87 New Holland 85.17 5,384 103 99 94
88 Millersville 85.92 8,182 103 99 94
89 Castle Shannon 86.33 8,301 97 100 95
90 Crafton 86.33 5,971 97 100 95
91 Baldwin 86.33 19,723 97 100 95
92 Dormont 86.33 8,609 97 100 95
93 Somerset 86.5 6,267 99 104 98
94 Greensburg 86.75 14,881 97 100 95
95 Lititz 86.92 9,366 103 99 94
96 West View 87.17 6,777 97 100 95
97 Forest Hills 87.17 6,524 97 100 95
98 Camp Hill 87.5 7,858 103 99 94
99 Huntingdon 87.58 7,083 99 104 98
100 Indiana 88.08 14,026 99 104 98

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