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 the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the poorest.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Pennsylvania For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities 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.

1. Clarks Summit

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,041
Median Income: $74,304
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Clarks Summit: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Economy

Economy, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,240
Median Income: $78,578
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Economy: Homes For Sale | Data
Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

3. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,228
Median Income: $121,661
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Franklin Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

4. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania

Population: 11,214
Median Income: $79,615
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Jefferson Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Collegeville

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,279
Median Income: $105,761
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
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.

6. Doyle

Doyle, Pennsylvania

Population: 8,305
Median Income: $73,185
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Doyle: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Plum

Plum, Pennsylvania

Population: 27,474
Median Income: $71,204
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Plum: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,218
Median Income: $92,292
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
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.

9. Oakmont

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Population: 6,420
Median Income: $61,523
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
More on Oakmont: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Wyomissing

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Population: 10,442
Median Income: $74,891
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Wyomissing: Homes For Sale | Data
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:

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  • 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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    One thought 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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