These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Pennsylvania.

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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 cities and 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 186 largest places in Pennsylvania, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in Pennsylvania? That would be Turtle Creek.

So listen up State College (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 Most Affordable Places To Live In The Keystone State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 186 places in Pennsylvania that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Pennsylvania according to the data is Turtle Creek.

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019

Turtle Creek, PA

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Population: 5,281
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.6x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 77.9x (15th cheapest)
More On Turtle Creek: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Turtle Creek comes in at $36,466 and the median home value is $59,200 for 2019.

Munhall, PA

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Population: 11,296
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (12th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 75.7x (22nd cheapest)
More On Munhall: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Munhall is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Monongahela River, 8 miles south of the confluence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny rivers where the Ohio River begins. It abuts the borough of Homestead. A large part of the Homestead Works of the Carnegie Steel Company existed in Munhall. Steel products were the only items made in Munhall in 1910 when 5,185 people lived here. In 1940, 13,900 people lived in Munhall. The population was 11,406 at the 2010 census. Munhall, along with the boroughs of Homestead and West Homestead, are served by the Steel Valley School District.

The median income in Munhall comes in at $49,332 and the median home value is $85,400 for 2019.

Schuylkill Haven, PA

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Population: 5,244
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.6x (8th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 72.1x (33rd cheapest)
More On Schuylkill Haven: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Schuylkill Haven comes in at $51,835 and the median home value is $82,100 for 2019.

Pottsville, PA

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Population: 13,827
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (11th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 67.0x (53rd cheapest)
More On Pottsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pottsville is a city in, and the county seat of, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 14,324 at the 2010 census, and is the principal city of the Pottsville, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies along the west bank of the Schuylkill River, 52 miles south of Wilkes Barre. It is located in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region.

The median income in Pottsville comes in at $39,886 and the median home value is $68,800 for 2019.

West Mifflin, PA

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Population: 20,075
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (23rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 86.7x (5th cheapest)
More On West Mifflin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in West Mifflin comes in at $50,368 and the median home value is $93,800 for 2019.

Greenville, PA

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5
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Population: 5,717
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.8x (20th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 71.0x (35th cheapest)
More On Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Greenville is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States. Located along the Shenango River, it is roughly 80 miles from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Greenville is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to 570,000 people.

The median income in Greenville comes in at $42,690 and the median home value is $77,000 for 2019.

Oil City, PA

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Population: 10,101
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.4x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.3x (76th cheapest)
More On Oil City: Homes For Sale | 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.

The median income in Oil City comes in at $36,098 and the median home value is $48,800 for 2019.

Brentwood, PA

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Population: 9,528
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.8x (16th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 75.7x (21st cheapest)
More On Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Brentwood is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 9,643 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Brentwood comes in at $55,192 and the median home value is $97,800 for 2019.

Vandergrift, PA

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Population: 5,037
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (14th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.6x (70th cheapest)
More On Vandergrift: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Vandergrift is a borough in Westmoreland County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Early in the 20th century, it had the largest sheet steel mill in the world.

The median income in Vandergrift comes in at $38,456 and the median home value is $66,900 for 2019.

Bradford, PA

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Population: 8,440
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.6x (7th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.2x (87th cheapest)
More On Bradford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bradford is a city in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States, close to the border with New York State and approximately 78 miles south of Buffalo, New York. Bradford is the principal city in the Bradford, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Bradford comes in at $37,567 and the median home value is $58,400 for 2019.

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 most affordable places to live in pennsylvania for 2019.

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

  1. State College
  2. West Chester
  3. Gettysburg

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Turtle Creek 11.67 5,281 1.6x 77.9x
2 Munhall 25.33 11,296 1.7x 75.7x
3 Schuylkill Haven 25.83 5,244 1.6x 72.1x
4 Pottsville 27.67 13,827 1.7x 67.0x
5 West Mifflin 28.0 20,075 1.9x 86.7x
6 Greenville 28.33 5,717 1.8x 71.0x
7 Oil City 28.67 10,101 1.4x 62.3x
8 Brentwood 32.33 9,528 1.8x 75.7x
9 Vandergrift 33.33 5,037 1.7x 63.6x
10 Bradford 34.33 8,440 1.6x 61.2x

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