These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2018


These are the cream of the crop in the Keystone State.

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Where are the best places in the state of Pennsylvania?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Keystone State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Pennsylvania.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 174 places in Pennsylvania, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Camp Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Swarthmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lititz (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Collegeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Conshohocken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hollidaysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. New Cumberland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ridley Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Well, it looks like you should check out Camp Hill if you’re thinking of moving to Pennsylvania — it’s the best the Keystone State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Pennsylvania

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Harrisburg with a population of 49,160 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 174 cities, 690 towns, and 733 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Pennsylvania

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Pennsylvania across a number of criteria from one to 174, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Pennsylvania”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Pennsylvania.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Camp Hill at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Camp Hill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,912
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $209,500 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
More on Camp Hill: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Camp Hill has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Pennsylvania.

The unemployment rate is the 36th lowest in the state at 5.0%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $71,039, and the average cost of a home is $209,500. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Camp Hill one of America’s gems.

Clarks Summit, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,041
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $194,500 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
More on Clarks Summit: Real Estate| Data| Photos

At an unemployment rate of 0.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Clarks Summit. And the residents command high salaries ($74,304 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($194,500 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Pennsylvania. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Swarthmore, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,218
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 29)
Median Home Value: $377,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate| Data| Photos

The tiny town of Swarthmore may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.

The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Pennsylvania residents know, Swarthmore is a great central spot for making the most of life.

Lititz, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,209
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $185,300 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (16th best)
More on Lititz: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Lititz ranked highly for adjusted median income (42nd), crime (4th), and unemployment (16th).

With a population of 9,209 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.

But don’t listen to what they say people of Lititz, you can be anything you want.

Collegeville, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,279
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $302,800 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (28th best)
More on Collegeville: Real Estate| Data| Photos

In Collegeville, everyone loves to call Collegeville home! The median home value is the 5th highest in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 28th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Keystone State.

Conshohocken, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,916
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $278,000 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (44th best)
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate| Data| Photos

It’s obvious why Conshohocken ranks 6th in the state for best places to live: they have the 44th lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Conshohocken a great place to live.

Franklin Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,228
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $312,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (23rd best)
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate| Data| Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Pennsylvania, as there were only 1 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 23rd lowest in Pennsylvania (4.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 4th most expensive in Franklin Park ($312,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $121,661 a year.

Hollidaysburg, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,790
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $135,100 (67th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (4th best)
More on Hollidaysburg: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Hollidaysburg is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Hollidaysburg still holds its own in in Pennsylvania.

New Cumberland, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,290
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $167,800 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (40th best)
More on New Cumberland: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in New Cumberland.

New Cumberland ranked impressively high for its crime rate (17th overall) and its short commute times (60th).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

Ridley Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,032
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $212,600 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (100th best)
More on Ridley Park: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Looks like little Ridley Park might be a hidden gem in Pennsylvania. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($212,600) and crime is really low (15th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Pennsylvania

If you’re looking at areas in Pennsylvania with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Camp Hill made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.

Best Towns To Live In Pennsylvania

  1. Seven Fields (Pop. 2,865)
  2. Fox Chase (Pop. 1,280)
  3. Lincoln Park (Pop. 1,612)
  4. Colony Park (Pop. 1,459)
  5. Whitfield (Pop. 4,403)
  6. Lemont (Pop. 2,144)
  7. Chesterbrook (Pop. 4,693)
  8. Ben Avon (Pop. 1,774)
  9. Clarks Green (Pop. 1,435)
  10. Narberth (Pop. 4,305)

Best Small Towns To Live In Pennsylvania

  1. Ben Avon Heights (Pop. 349)
  2. Pennwyn (Pop. 761)
  3. Mount Gretna (Pop. 240)
  4. Glen Osborne (Pop. 553)
  5. Rosslyn Farms (Pop. 465)
  6. Harleigh (Pop. 897)
  7. Waverly (Pop. 579)
  8. Spring Ridge (Pop. 902)
  9. Rennerdale (Pop. 849)
  10. Thornburg (Pop. 449)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Pennsylvania according to the data:

  1. Duquesne (Pop. 5,534)
  2. Clairton (Pop. 6,719)
  3. McKeesport (Pop. 19,529)

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Camp Hill 7,912 5.0% $209,500
2 Clarks Summit 5,041 0.9% $194,500
3 Swarthmore 6,218 5.0% $377,900
4 Lititz 9,209 4.0% $185,300
5 Collegeville 5,279 4.7% $302,800
6 Conshohocken 7,916 5.2% $278,000
7 Franklin Park 14,228 4.6% $312,200
8 Hollidaysburg 5,790 2.2% $135,100
9 New Cumberland 7,290 5.1% $167,800
10 Ridley Park 7,032 7.9% $212,600
11 Emmaus 11,363 3.0% $175,000
12 Fox Chapel 5,392 9.4% $548,600
13 Wyomissing 10,442 4.7% $224,400
14 Bellefonte 6,287 1.6% $173,700
15 Oakmont 6,420 3.8% $175,000
16 Norwood 5,900 7.5% $165,600
17 Perkasie 8,495 5.0% $241,200
18 Economy 9,240 3.6% $166,900
19 Dormont 8,491 5.1% $121,000
20 West View 6,704 4.8% $124,200
21 Souderton 6,737 4.8% $230,300
22 Brookhaven 8,056 8.8% $196,300
23 State College 42,074 7.5% $275,700
24 Whitehall 13,873 4.3% $141,100
25 Shillington 5,265 7.8% $134,900
26 Media 5,345 7.6% $288,200
27 Mechanicsburg 8,989 4.6% $165,100
28 Pleasant Hills 8,271 8.3% $153,600
29 Northampton 9,887 5.4% $165,900
30 New Holland 5,418 2.3% $198,400
31 Lansdale 16,454 7.0% $220,600
32 South Williamsport 6,328 5.2% $118,700
33 Catasauqua 6,509 4.4% $153,200
34 Hatboro 7,412 8.8% $254,100
35 Glenolden 7,167 3.6% $152,600
36 Castle Shannon 8,288 4.8% $116,100
37 St. Marys 12,748 3.6% $108,000
38 Kingston 12,996 6.4% $130,400
39 Swoyersville 5,000 1.9% $119,300
40 Hermitage 16,077 5.3% $134,700
41 Kennett Square 6,139 5.5% $240,200
42 White Oak 7,803 3.9% $96,000
43 Blakely 6,430 6.1% $142,600
44 Lewisburg 5,757 4.5% $161,600
45 Phoenixville 16,638 6.2% $213,800
46 Palmyra 7,481 5.2% $147,100
47 Ambler 6,507 10.0% $264,400
48 Canonsburg 8,933 6.7% $129,800
49 Archbald 7,036 6.0% $139,800
50 Jeannette 9,395 4.6% $84,800
51 Lower Burrell 11,527 5.7% $135,000
52 Bridgeville 5,117 6.4% $123,200
53 West Chester 19,434 6.7% $320,600
54 Dunmore 13,627 7.7% $155,100
55 Crafton 5,899 3.8% $117,200
56 Birdsboro 5,145 8.6% $157,100
57 Old Forge 8,172 8.1% $143,500
58 Bristol 9,593 5.5% $180,700
59 Lansdowne 10,621 7.6% $160,000
60 Edinboro 6,393 5.1% $159,000
61 Mount Joy 7,978 5.6% $158,100
62 Brentwood 9,550 6.3% $96,300
63 Carlisle 19,014 8.1% $167,900
64 Jefferson Hills 11,214 4.3% $193,200
65 Millersville 8,370 7.7% $157,800
66 Ephrata 13,714 6.5% $155,000
67 Schuylkill Haven 5,289 6.5% $82,100
68 Turtle Creek 5,292 4.7% $63,900
69 Forest Hills 6,475 4.6% $122,500
70 Carnegie 7,944 7.1% $98,700
71 Plum 27,474 4.6% $142,800
72 Monaca 5,678 5.6% $100,400
73 Sayre 5,467 5.1% $121,100
74 West Mifflin 20,153 8.2% $92,900
75 Huntingdon 7,042 6.6% $111,100
76 Exeter 5,605 5.5% $123,400
77 Bellevue 8,285 5.6% $105,500
78 Warren 9,407 6.4% $81,300
79 Moosic 5,731 6.0% $146,500
80 Olyphant 5,156 3.7% $149,800
81 Nazareth 5,703 8.8% $176,100
82 Baldwin 19,794 5.1% $120,600
83 Greensburg 14,572 6.5% $123,100
84 Clarion 5,073 9.9% $116,700
85 Gettysburg 7,643 7.4% $219,100
86 Selinsgrove 5,810 2.8% $144,300
87 Punxsutawney 5,883 4.7% $77,000
88 Sharon Hill 5,691 3.4% $120,000
89 Bloomsburg 14,619 5.5% $123,000
90 Bethlehem 75,110 6.7% $168,900
91 Indiana 14,002 12.3% $107,200
92 Clifton Heights 6,670 6.1% $130,200
93 California 6,564 14.1% $112,800
94 Somerset 6,102 9.2% $121,900
95 Altoona 45,209 7.6% $85,400
96 Folcroft 6,616 6.7% $112,600
97 East Stroudsburg 10,023 19.9% $151,100
98 Sugarcreek 5,155 9.9% $74,300
99 Hanover 15,429 6.3% $152,500
100 Wilson 7,819 8.6% $123,900

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