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 (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 the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the most expensive.

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

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.

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1. Oil City

Oil City, Pennsylvania

Population: 10,541
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 37
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Oil City: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. New Castle

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,290
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 40
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on New Castle: Homes For Sale | Data
New Castle is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Pittsburgh and near the Pennsylvania–Ohio border just 18 miles (29 km) east of Youngstown, Ohio. The population was 23,128 as of the 2010 census. It is the commercial center of a fertile agricultural region.

3. Franklin

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. Franklin

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Franklin

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Franklin

Franklin, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,540
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Sharon

Sharon, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,060
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 43
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Sharon: Homes For Sale | Data
Sharon is a city in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in the United States, 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Pittsburgh. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Farrell

Farrell, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,047
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 44
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Farrell: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Titusville

Titusville, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,601
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Titusville: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Sugarcreek

Sugarcreek, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,278
Services: 89
Groceries: 78
Health Care: 84
Housing: 47
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 93
More on Sugarcreek: Homes For Sale | Data

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Oil City 1 10,541 89 78 84
New Castle 2 23,290 89 78 84
Franklin 3 6,540 89 78 84
Franklin 4 6,540 89 78 84
Franklin 5 6,540 89 78 84
Franklin 6 6,540 89 78 84
Sharon 7 14,060 89 78 84
Farrell 8 5,047 89 78 84
Titusville 9 5,601 89 78 84
Sugarcreek 10 5,278 89 78 84
Corry 11 6,589 89 78 84
Greenville 12 5,936 89 78 84
Erie 13 101,454 89 78 84
Ellwood City 14 7,958 89 78 84
Meadville 15 13,370 89 78 84
Grove City 16 8,277 89 78 84
Hermitage 17 16,252 89 78 84
Edinboro 18 6,466 89 78 84
Bradford 19 8,766 85 88 89
Warren 20 9,672 85 88 89
Shenandoah 21 5,073 103 99 94
Shamokin 22 7,370 103 99 94
Mount Carmel 23 5,897 103 99 94
Tamaqua 24 7,064 103 99 94
Uniontown 25 10,424 111 95 96
Connellsville 26 7,694 111 95 96
Sunbury 27 9,917 103 99 94
Pottsville 28 14,315 103 99 94
Schuylkill Haven 29 5,411 103 99 94
York 30 43,677 103 99 94
Lebanon 31 25,495 103 99 94
Hazleton 32 25,166 103 99 94
Harrisburg 33 49,401 103 99 94
Lock Haven 34 9,750 103 99 94
Berwick 35 10,476 103 99 94
Duquesne 36 5,639 97 100 95
Turtle Creek 37 5,361 97 100 95
Steelton 38 5,982 103 99 94
Clairton 39 6,854 97 100 95
Milton 40 7,050 103 99 94
Beaver Falls 41 8,945 97 100 95
Lancaster 42 59,205 103 99 94
Columbia 43 10,413 103 99 94
Johnstown 44 20,976 99 104 98
New Brighton 45 6,026 97 100 95
Arnold 46 5,150 97 100 95
Aliquippa 47 9,497 97 100 95
Ambridge 48 7,042 97 100 95
Bloomsburg 49 14,608 103 99 94
Selinsgrove 50 5,624 103 99 94
Vandergrift 51 5,197 97 100 95
Coraopolis 52 5,675 97 100 95
Wilkinsburg 53 16,026 97 100 95
Punxsutawney 54 5,965 99 104 98
Jeannette 55 9,672 97 100 95
Monessen 56 7,732 97 100 95
Red Lion 57 6,378 103 99 94
Munhall 58 11,405 97 100 95
West Mifflin 59 20,335 97 100 95
Swissvale 60 8,968 97 100 95
Clearfield 61 6,203 99 104 98
Altoona 62 46,434 99 104 98
Palmyra 63 7,352 103 99 94
New Kensington 64 13,157 97 100 95
Butler 65 13,798 97 100 95
Waynesboro 66 10,568 103 99 94
Washington 67 13,720 97 100 95
Ephrata 68 13,426 103 99 94
Monaca 69 5,749 97 100 95
California 70 6,762 97 100 95
Tyrone 71 5,476 99 104 98
Shippensburg 72 5,371 103 99 94
Chambersburg 73 20,217 103 99 94
Pittsburgh 74 306,430 97 100 95
Brentwood 75 9,648 97 100 95
Lewisburg 76 5,804 103 99 94
New Cumberland 77 7,272 103 99 94
Hanover 78 15,315 103 99 94
Bellevue 79 8,362 97 100 95
Carnegie 80 7,965 97 100 95
Carlisle 81 18,727 103 99 94
Mount Joy 82 7,515 103 99 94
White Oak 83 7,875 97 100 95
Bridgeville 84 5,144 97 100 95
Mechanicsburg 85 8,966 103 99 94
Latrobe 86 8,346 99 104 98
New Holland 87 5,384 103 99 94
Millersville 88 8,182 103 99 94
Castle Shannon 89 8,301 97 100 95
Crafton 90 5,971 97 100 95
Baldwin 91 19,723 97 100 95
Dormont 92 8,609 97 100 95
Somerset 93 6,267 99 104 98
Greensburg 94 14,881 97 100 95
Lititz 95 9,366 103 99 94
West View 96 6,777 97 100 95
Forest Hills 97 6,524 97 100 95
Camp Hill 98 7,858 103 99 94
Huntingdon 99 7,083 99 104 98
Indiana 100 14,026 99 104 98
Clarion 101 5,253 97 100 95
Canonsburg 102 8,964 97 100 95
Lower Burrell 103 11,765 97 100 95
Hollidaysburg 104 5,810 99 104 98
Plum 105 27,147 97 100 95
Pleasant Hills 106 8,271 97 100 95
Westmont 107 5,159 99 104 98
Oakmont 108 6,323 97 100 95
Economy 109 9,016 97 100 95
Jefferson Hills 110 10,679 97 100 95
Bellefonte 111 6,248 99 104 98
Reading 112 87,926 108 103 103
Nanticoke 113 10,459 100 104 112
Plymouth 114 5,964 100 104 112
Carbondale 115 8,903 100 104 112
Franklin Park 116 13,462 97 100 95
Fox Chapel 117 5,393 97 100 95
State College 118 42,008 99 104 98
Chester 119 34,127 108 103 103
Williamsport 120 29,441 100 104 112
Taylor 121 6,267 100 104 112
Sayre 122 5,574 100 104 112
Wilkes-Barre 123 41,463 112 110 113
Scranton 124 76,021 100 104 112
Pittston 125 7,740 112 110 113
Olyphant 126 5,154 100 104 112
Kingston 127 13,180 100 104 112
South Williamsport 128 6,370 100 104 112
Exeter 129 5,660 100 104 112
Swoyersville 130 5,066 100 104 112
Old Forge 131 8,323 100 104 112
Dickson City 132 6,088 100 104 112
Blakely 133 6,587 100 104 112
Archbald 134 6,993 100 104 112
Shillington 135 5,274 108 103 103
Clarks Summit 136 5,115 100 104 112
Coatesville 137 13,029 108 103 103
Palmerton 138 5,419 112 110 113
Lehighton 139 5,495 112 110 113
Birdsboro 140 5,168 108 103 103
Easton 141 26,885 112 110 113
Moosic 142 5,694 112 110 113
Wilson 143 7,895 112 110 113
Brookhaven 144 8,019 108 103 103
Oxford 145 5,069 108 103 103
Dunmore 146 14,081 112 110 113
Wyomissing 147 10,489 108 103 103
Kennett Square 148 6,054 108 103 103
Northampton 149 9,933 112 110 113
West Chester 150 18,656 108 103 103
Nazareth 151 5,773 112 110 113
Bangor 152 5,279 112 110 113
Bethlehem 153 75,016 112 110 113
East Stroudsburg 154 9,903 112 110 113
Stroudsburg 155 5,623 112 110 113
Darby 156 10,648 115 117 99
Whitehall 157 13,932 115 117 99
Collingdale 158 8,782 115 117 99
Sharon Hill 159 5,680 115 117 99
Folcroft 160 6,617 115 117 99
Allentown 161 117,942 115 117 99
Clifton Heights 162 6,645 115 117 99
Philadelphia 163 1,525,811 115 117 99
Yeadon 164 11,477 115 117 99
Catasauqua 165 6,465 115 117 99
Lansdowne 166 10,634 115 117 99
Prospect Park 167 6,457 115 117 99
Glenolden 168 7,160 115 117 99
Bristol 169 9,739 115 117 99
Norwood 170 5,887 115 117 99
Emmaus 171 11,268 115 117 99
Ridley Park 172 7,008 115 117 99
Phoenixville 173 16,430 115 117 99
Souderton 174 6,640 115 117 99
Lansdale 175 16,278 115 117 99
Perkasie 176 8,542 115 117 99
Ambler 177 6,443 115 117 99
Hatboro 178 7,362 115 117 99
Conshohocken 179 7,825 115 117 99
Media 180 5,334 115 117 99
Collegeville 181 5,114 115 117 99
Swarthmore 182 6,195 115 117 99

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