These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

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The best place to live in Pennsylvania you ask?

Why that’s easy of course.

It’s either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you’d say.

Right?

Wrong, at least according to the most recent data from the Census and FBI that we are going to dive into today. And this wasn’t even a close one like trying to determine if you should root for the Steelers or Eagles.

We don’t take the decision to find the best place to live lightly, we believe in making the decision based on the cold hard facts and data instead of preconceived notions. And for the last four years, we’ve been doing our best to help you find the place in Pennsylvania that fits your needs.

Whether you’re looking for good schools — like in Swarthmore — or a great economy — like the 0.9% unemployment rate in Clarks Summit, we have you covered.

And while all of Pennsylvania is a pretty great, there are definitely places that are a tick above the rest.

So “Youse” and “Yinz” can put aside the cross state rivalry for a minute, pick up a Yuengling, and cozy up with some scrapple as we break down the best places to live in Pennsylvania based on crime, incomes, and home prices for the 174 cities in PA larger than 5,000 people.

So while Pittsburgh and Philadelphia aren’t the best places to call home in the Keystone State, the places around the metros are the best of the best.

What’s the best place to live in Pennsylvania? According to data from the Census and FBI UCR, the best place to live in Pennsylvania for 2019 is Camp Hill for the second year a row. It’s kind of like they set up a tent at the top of this ranking wouldn’t ya say.

We weren’t surprised to see Camp Hill here after the results last year, but it is funny with all the hype around the two biggest cities that the best place to live is actually a suburb of Harrisburg.

Now that you have an understanding of the best places to live in PA, let’s take a drive down our methodology and take a deep dive into the ten best. Just remember to stop at WaWa before you hop in the car with us.

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 Cities 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.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Pennsylvania? That would be Camp Hill.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019

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

Perhaps what makes Camp Hill so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Camp Hill great. They also have the 11th highest median income and the 18th shortest commute time.

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

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Clarks Summit one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Clarks Summit.

Review Of Clarks Summit by HomeSnacks User

I live in this town but I’m not from the area. I moved here in 2014 from Southern New Jersey. While the food options around here are not very good at all, there’s lots of nature to see and lots of things to do outside.

Favorite places in this area including hiking at Ricketts Glen State Park, skiing at Montage Mountain, concerts at Montage Mount, movies in Dickson City, etc.

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

Swarthmore is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $377,900 and households earn a median salary of $92,292. One could get used to that.

Lititz, PA

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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

Lititz takes 4th place on our list of best places in Pennsylvania for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (16th overall) and things to do.

Lititz is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $185,300 at the median.

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

We think the motto in Collegeville should be “Everything is greater in Collegeville,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Collegeville has some of the highest home values in Pennsylvania, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Collegeville only has 150.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Collegeville a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

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

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Conshohocken, which with a population of 7,916 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Conshohocken residents enjoy.

The 41st lowest crime rate in all of Pennsylvania makes Conshohocken one of the safest place on this list.

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

It’s obvious why Franklin Park ranks 7th in the state for best places to live: they have the 23rd lowest unemployment rate and the 4th highest home values.

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

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

Hollidaysburg broke into the top ten best places to live in Pennsylvania on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 4th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 48th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 33rd shortest average commute time of any place 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

New Cumberland has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\New Cumberland had the 53rd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $51,173.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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

Ridley Park’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 12th highest, making Ridley Park a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Ridley Park has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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 the best place to live in Pennsylvania for 2019.

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)

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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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