These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Pennsylvania that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Pennsylvania does this very well. Families love the Keystone State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Pennsylvania that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Pennsylvania for 2018:

  1. Swarthmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Collegeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Media (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Conshohocken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hatboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ambler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Perkasie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Lansdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Souderton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Phoenixville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Oil City (the cheapest place to live in Pennsylvania) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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 179 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.

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. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Population: 6,195
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 200
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Swarthmore: Homes For Sale | Data
Swarthmore (pronounced /sw.mr/ SWAHTH-mor locally, or /swr.mr/ SWAWRTH-mor) is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Swarthmore was originally named ‘Westdale’ in honor of noted painter Benjamin West, who was one of the early residents of the town. The name was changed to ‘Swarthmore’ after the establishment of Swarthmore College. ‘Swarthmore’ can be pronounced with the first ‘r’ either vocalized or dropped due to differences in rhotic and non-rhotic accents, but locally it is usually pronounced without the first ‘r’ (i.e. SWAHTH-mor). The borough population was 6,194 as of the 2010 census.

2. Collegeville

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,114
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 162
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Collegeville: Homes For Sale | Data
Collegeville, sometimes referred to as ‘Little Philly’ is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia on the Perkiomen Creek. Collegeville was incorporated in 1896. It is the location of Ursinus College, opened in 1869. The population was 5,089 at the 2010 census.

3. Media

Media, Pennsylvania

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Population: 5,334
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 143
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Media: Homes For Sale | Data
The borough of Media is the county seat of Delaware County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is located 13 miles (21 km) west of Philadelphia. Media was incorporated in 1850 at the same time that it was named the county seat. The population was 5,327 at the 2010 census, down from 5,533 at the 2000 census. Its school district is the Rose Tree Media School District with Penncrest High School and Springton Lake Middle School. In June 2006, it became the first fair trade town in America. Media promotes itself by its motto: ‘Everybody’s Hometown’.

4. Conshohocken

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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Population: 7,825
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 140
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Conshohocken: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Hatboro

Hatboro, Pennsylvania

Population: 7,362
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 131
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Hatboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Hatboro is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,360 at the 2010 census.

6. Ambler

Ambler, Pennsylvania

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Population: 6,443
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 130
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Ambler: Homes For Sale | Data
Ambler is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of the city center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

7. Perkasie

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Population: 8,542
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 126
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Perkasie: Homes For Sale | Data
Perkasie is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles (56 km) north of Philadelphia. Establishments in the borough early in the twentieth century included silk mills, baseballs, brickyards, lumber mills, tile works, a stone crusher, and manufacturies of cigars, tags and labels, wire novelties, etc. The population in 1900 was 1,803; in 1910, 2,779 people lived in Perkasie. The population was 8,515 at the 2013 census.

8. Lansdale

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Population: 16,278
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 119
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Lansdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Lansdale is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Early in the 20th century, its industries included agricultural implement works, a canning factory, foundries, brickyards, a silk mill, and manufacturers of cigars, stoves, shirts, rope, iron drain pipe, and glue.[citation needed] In 1900, 2,754 people lived here; in 1910, 3,551; and in 1940, 9,316 people were inhabitants of Lansdale. The population was 16,269 at the time of the 2010 census.

9. Souderton

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,640
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 118
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Souderton: Homes For Sale | Data
Souderton is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The population was 6,618 at the 2010 census.

10. Phoenixville

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Population: 16,430
Services: 115
Groceries: 117
Health Care: 99
Housing: 116
Transportation: 117
Utilities: 121
More on Phoenixville: Homes For Sale | Data
Phoenixville is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Philadelphia, at the junction of French Creek with the Schuylkill River. It is located in the Philadelphia Metro Area. The population is 16,440 as of the 2010 Census.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Pennsylvania that have the highest cost of living, with Swarthmore ranking as the most expensive city in the Keystone State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Pennsylvania:

  1. Oil City
  2. New Castle
  3. Sharon

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Pennsylvania

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

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