These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018


We analyzed over 256 places in Pennsylvania to determine where the 1% live.

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Clarks Summit, Economy, Franklin Park: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Keystone State.

Clarks Summit in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $74,304 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.2%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Pennsylvania share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 190 places in Pennsylvania with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Pennsylvania for 2018:

  1. Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Economy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Jefferson Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Collegeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Doyle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Plum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Swarthmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oakmont (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wyomissing (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Pennsylvania.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Pennsylvania For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 190 places with more than 5,000 people in Pennsylvania, we ranked each place from 1 to 190 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Clarks Summit, crowned the “Richest Place In Pennsylvania For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 190 places.

Clarks Summit, PA

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Population: 5,041.0
Median Income: $74,304.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Clarks Summit: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarks Summit is a borough in Lackawanna County northwest of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 5,116 at the 2010 census. It is also the northern terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, I-476.

Economy, PA

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Population: 9,240.0
Median Income: $78,578.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Economy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

Franklin Park, PA

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Population: 14,228.0
Median Income: $121,661.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

Jefferson Hills, PA

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Population: 11,214.0
Median Income: $79,615.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Collegeville, PA

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Population: 5,279.0
Median Income: $105,761.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Collegeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Doyle, PA

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Population: 8,305.0
Median Income: $73,185.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Doyle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plum, PA

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Population: 27,474.0
Median Income: $71,204.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Plum: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plum is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it is located northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, in what is commonly referred to as the East Hills suburbs. The population was 27,126 at the 2010 census.

Swarthmore, PA

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Population: 6,218.0
Median Income: $92,292.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Oakmont, PA

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Population: 6,420.0
Median Income: $61,523.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Oakmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyomissing, PA

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Population: 10,442.0
Median Income: $74,891.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Wyomissing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyomissing is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States, established on July 2, 1906. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,461, compared to 8,587 at the 2000 census. The population growth of the borough was largely due to its merger in January 2002 with neighboring Wyomissing Hills. Wyomissing is the most populous borough in Berks County. The borough is recognized as a Tree City USA and selected as a “Contender” for the best places to live in Pennsylvania by Money magazine.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Pennsylvania For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Pennsylvania, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Pennsylvania, according to data:

Poorest: Duquesne
2nd Poorest: Johnstown
3rd Poorest: Chester

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Clarks Summit 4.67 $74,304
2 Economy 8.33 $78,578
3 Franklin Park 9.17 $121,661
4 Jefferson Hills 9.5 $79,615
5 Collegeville 11.17 $105,761
6 Doyle 11.5 $73,185
7 Plum 14.67 $71,204
8 Swarthmore 15.0 $92,292
9 Oakmont 19.5 $61,523
10 Wyomissing 19.67 $74,891
11 Camp Hill 20.83 $71,039
12 Souderton 22.5 $66,000
13 Hollidaysburg 24.0 $52,078
14 Forest Hills 24.33 $63,563
15 White Oak 24.67 $52,935
16 Lititz 26.83 $53,942
17 Emmaus 26.83 $55,263
18 Perkasie 28.0 $67,700
19 Crafton 28.0 $51,236
20 Dormont 30.67 $58,875
21 Glenolden 31.5 $60,490
22 Mechanicsburg 32.33 $53,593
23 New Holland 34.5 $53,272
24 Baldwin 34.67 $55,573
25 St. Marys 34.67 $49,014
26 Conshohocken 34.83 $78,801
27 West View 35.17 $57,078
28 Elizabet 40.67 $57,006
29 Downin 40.83 $60,130
30 Hermitage 42.33 $55,194
31 Sharon Hill 44.0 $51,908
32 Whitehall 44.5 $59,853
33 Bellefonte 44.67 $51,071
34 Kennett Square 45.33 $65,795
35 Moosic 46.67 $56,529
36 Pleasant Hills 47.17 $68,453
37 New Cumberland 47.33 $51,173
38 Lower Burrell 47.33 $57,686
39 Phoenixville 47.83 $57,769
40 Norwood 48.17 $70,313
41 Palmerton 48.5 $53,008
42 Northampton 49.17 $52,646
43 Brookhaven 50.5 $67,348
44 Fox Chapel 50.67 $148,553
45 Ridley Park 51.0 $70,766
46 Lansdale 51.33 $61,095
47 Helle 52.67 $59,907
48 Grove City 53.0 $44,310
49 Palmyra 53.83 $50,349
50 Brentwood 55.83 $51,197
51 Mount Joy 55.83 $56,223
52 Hatboro 56.17 $66,176
53 Shillington 57.17 $58,431
54 Schuylkill Haven 59.5 $48,411
55 Catasauqua 59.67 $51,801
56 Sayre 60.0 $42,007
57 Media 60.17 $68,827
58 Castle Shannon 61.17 $50,783
59 Prospect Park 62.67 $57,689
60 Archbald 63.5 $49,688
61 Ephrata 63.5 $50,303
62 Birdsboro 64.17 $62,083
63 Quake 64.17 $53,278
64 Folcroft 66.67 $60,750
65 Bridgeville 68.0 $45,849
66 Canonsburg 68.0 $50,399
67 Selinsgrove 69.0 $40,856
68 Lansdowne 69.33 $54,608
69 Morrisville 70.0 $61,589
70 Red Lion 72.0 $42,371
71 South Williamsport 72.0 $45,500
72 Ambler 72.83 $57,210
73 Monaca 73.0 $41,057
74 Kingston 73.67 $47,840
75 Jeannette 74.0 $41,395
76 Olyphant 75.17 $42,070
77 Munhall 78.5 $48,978
78 Hanover 78.5 $45,241
79 Wilson 78.67 $48,390
80 Bristol 79.17 $42,962
81 Nazareth 80.33 $54,178
82 Clifton Heights 82.17 $44,727
83 Bethlehem 82.67 $49,349
84 Exeter 82.83 $39,113
85 Corry 83.5 $42,636
86 Bellevue 84.0 $41,073
87 West Mifflin 85.33 $50,273
88 Dunmore 86.5 $48,096
89 Middl 90.33 $42,721
90 Warren 92.0 $38,716
91 Old Forge 92.0 $47,151
92 Lewisburg 92.67 $43,214
93 Blakely 94.33 $39,167
94 Kut 95.0 $51,027
95 Dickson City 95.17 $40,833
96 Yeadon 96.33 $48,420
97 Lehighton 96.5 $43,040
98 Ellwood City 98.17 $41,979
99 Carnegie 98.83 $45,109
100 Oxford 100.0 $49,896

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2018

  1. This is kind of a pointless list. The most affluent area in all of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia’s Main Line Suburbs – is not even represented, I assume due to your definition of “place”. Gladwynne, Villanova, Radnor, Devon… All of these places are far more affluent than any on your list.

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