10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019


We analyzed 187 places in Pennsylvania to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Pennsylvania.

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You either have to own Dunder-Mifflin, Hershey’s Chocolate, or be a descendant of President James Buchanan, to live in our top 10 Richest Cities in Pennsylvania for 2019.

If you’re looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in The Keystone State that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. Yes, the Commonwealth has many cities that cater to the lifestyle of the Pennsylvania rich and famous.

How does one get their hand on one of these Pennsylvania cities where living your best life ‘ain’t no thing’? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $95,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The median home price in this city is currently $190,000, and is projected to rise an additional 2% this year. That’s a lot of Pennsylvania cheddar, folks.

Secondly, you have to be a hard worker. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in most of these affluent Pennsylvania cities hovers just above 4%.

Monetary wealth does make a city rich, but there are cities on our list that are both rich in the dollar as well as rich in amenities.

Cities on our list like Perkasie provide the backdrop for fancy wine tasting, and cities like Camp Hill provide multiple outlets for the one activity that rich people like to do most: head to the spa.

To see which cities make the dolla’ holla’ on our top 10 Richest Cities in Pennsylvania for 2019, grab a Philly cheesesteak and a Yuengling and take a look at the list below.

It’s not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our 10 Best Cities to Live in Ohio for 2019 that are also on our richest list. (It’s worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To narrow down the richest cities in the Quaker State, we looked at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate; and obviously, where Pennsylvania’s ‘Richie Rich’ live. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

This left us with 187 wealthy cities in the 33rd largest state and the sixth most populous state in the country.

Without further adieu, the one city that has it all on our 10 Richest Cities in Pennsylvania list is Economy.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The state with ‘Virtue, Liberty, and Independence’ is calling.

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

The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

Economy, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,230
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $81,137
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
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.

Collegeville, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,221
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $103,828
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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.

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,244
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $88,328
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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.

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,301
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $121,711
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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.

Fox Chapel, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,363
Rank Last Year: 44 (Up 39)
Median Income: $162,054
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.4%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fox Chapel is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a suburb of Pittsburgh located 6 miles (10 km) northeast of downtown.

Souderton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,813
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Income: $66,667
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Souderton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Souderton is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The population was 6,618 at the 2010 census.

Forest Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,439
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 7)
Median Income: $65,096
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Doyle, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,307
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $76,042
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Doyle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perkasie, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,505
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Income: $73,470
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Perkasie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Camp Hill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,906
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,161
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Camp Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg–Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census. There are many large corporations based in nearby East Pennsboro Township and Wormleysburg that use the Camp Hill postal address, including the Rite Aid Corporation, Harsco Corporation, and Gannett Fleming.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Pennsylvania For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 187 places with more than 5,000 people in Pennsylvania, we ranked each place from 1 to 187 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, Economy, crowned the “Richest City In Pennsylvania For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 187 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Pennsylvania For 2019

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

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Economy 10.67 $81,137
2 Collegeville 11.83 $103,828
3 Jefferson Hills 15.33 $88,328
4 Franklin Park 16.0 $121,711
5 Fox Chapel 17.33 $162,054
6 Souderton 17.67 $66,667
7 Forest Hills 19.33 $65,096
8 Doyle 20.17 $76,042
9 Perkasie 20.67 $73,470
10 Camp Hill 21.0 $78,161
11 Swarthmore 21.17 $106,737
12 Plum 21.67 $71,989
13 White Oak 22.83 $56,316
14 Downin 23.0 $62,463
15 Lititz 23.0 $58,375
16 Wyomissing 23.17 $78,792
17 Oakmont 27.33 $64,635
18 West View 27.5 $60,000
19 Emmaus 27.83 $56,261
20 Conshohocken 30.83 $81,814
21 Mechanicsburg 31.0 $55,859
22 Hollidaysburg 32.0 $50,300
23 New Holland 34.67 $54,143
24 Dormont 37.17 $60,349
25 Baldwin 37.67 $57,439
26 St. Marys 38.0 $49,856
27 Northampton 38.33 $57,891
28 Elizabet 39.67 $58,775
29 Mount Joy 40.17 $58,694
30 Kennett Square 40.5 $76,371
31 Bellefonte 41.17 $52,679
32 Ridley Park 42.0 $76,188
33 Glenolden 42.83 $58,365
34 New Cumberland 42.83 $58,361
35 Hatboro 46.5 $69,264
36 Lower Burrell 47.33 $61,814
37 Pleasant Hills 47.5 $69,091
38 Media 48.0 $71,337
39 Lansdale 48.33 $61,867
40 Selinsgrove 48.67 $47,500
41 Norwood 49.67 $75,928
42 Whitehall 49.83 $60,914
43 Brookhaven 50.17 $65,151
44 Brentwood 50.17 $55,192
45 Grove City 50.33 $46,792
46 Helle 51.17 $63,259
47 Hermitage 52.5 $55,000
48 Sharon Hill 53.67 $52,740
49 Birdsboro 53.67 $66,208
50 Phoenixville 54.33 $60,006
51 Red Lion 54.5 $51,130
52 Crafton 54.5 $52,289
53 Lansdowne 55.0 $56,902
54 Castle Shannon 55.17 $53,041
55 South Williamsport 56.17 $51,429
56 Catasauqua 56.83 $55,234
57 Prospect Park 57.83 $61,589
58 Moosic 58.0 $56,743
59 Olyphant 61.5 $49,278
60 Schuylkill Haven 62.33 $51,835
61 Palmyra 63.17 $48,173
62 Archbald 63.33 $51,843
63 Ambler 63.83 $64,146
64 Palmerton 63.83 $53,301
65 Morrisville 64.33 $68,214
66 Canonsburg 65.33 $52,268
67 Shillington 67.17 $61,435
68 Quake 67.67 $54,068
69 Bristol 68.17 $47,039
70 Ephrata 68.17 $50,944
71 Old Forge 70.67 $49,183
72 Exeter 71.0 $43,854
73 Monaca 73.5 $39,669
74 Wilson 74.0 $55,756
75 Folcroft 74.33 $60,478
76 Munhall 76.33 $49,332
77 Lewisburg 76.67 $45,240
78 Bellevue 77.17 $42,464
79 Dunmore 79.5 $50,708
80 Bethlehem 79.5 $51,880
81 Dickson City 80.67 $44,048
82 Bridgeville 81.17 $45,403
83 Hanover 81.33 $47,660
84 Clifton Heights 81.83 $45,726
85 Kingston 83.83 $50,029
86 Nazareth 83.83 $51,971
87 Greenville 86.33 $42,690
88 Carlisle 86.67 $50,550
89 Milton 87.17 $42,250
90 Turtle Creek 87.83 $36,466
91 Jeannette 88.0 $41,049
92 Corry 89.67 $41,744
93 Pottsville 89.83 $39,886
94 Blakely 90.83 $41,009
95 West Chester 93.33 $55,313
96 Middl 97.33 $46,514
97 Chambersburg 99.17 $45,846
98 Yeadon 99.67 $50,233
99 Kut 99.83 $50,441
100 Easton 100.0 $46,835

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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2 thoughts on “10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

  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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