These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania


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? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 258 most populated cities in the Keystone State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city in Pennsylvania.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Pennsylvania:

  1. Penn Wynne
  2. Oreland
  3. Glenside
  4. Wyndmoor
  5. Montgomeryville
  6. Maple Glen
  7. Ardmore
  8. Trooper
  9. Bethel Park Municipality
  10. Collegeville

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Pennsylvania for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Pennsylvania? New Castle. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Pennsylvania’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Pennsylvania

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Pennsylvania, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased. Additionally, cost of living numbers are based on an average of 100, so anything below 100 is more affordable.

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1. Penn Wynne

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,912
Crime Index: 29
Cost Of Living Index: 137

Penn Wynne is a place in Wynnewood, PA on the western side of Philadelphia. When you look at the data, it’s the best place you can live in the state.

2. Oreland

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,692
Crime Index: 46
Cost Of Living Index: 126

Oreland is on the northern side of Philadelphia. This place is in Springfield and Upper Dublin Townships.

3. Glenside

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,467
Crime Index: 60
Cost Of Living Index: 120

Glenside borders North Philadelphia. Crime is higher than in other cities on this list, but still far lower than the state average.

4. Wyndmoor

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,724
Crime Index: 38
Cost Of Living Index: 130

This census designated place in Springfield Township is really safe, but very expensive.

5. Montgomeryville

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,905
Crime Index: 23
Cost Of Living Index: 130

This place is about a half hour drive from downtown Philadelphia. Crime is about as low as you’ll see in the state.

6. Maple Glen

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,692
Crime Index: 25
Cost Of Living Index: 149

This is another CDP north of Philadelphia with low crime, but high home values, making it too expensive for many Philadelphians.

7. Ardmore

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,647
Crime Index: 69
Cost Of Living Index: 126

Ardmore is a small, cute, safe area north of Philadelphia.

8. Trooper

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,787
Crime Index: 25
Cost Of Living Index: 128

Trooper is very safe and within a short drive of Philly.

9. Bethel Park

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,285
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 99

This is the first Pittsburgh suburb to make the list. This place is on the south side of Pittsburgh, where it’s safe, and affordable.

10. Collegeville

Best Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,114
Crime Index: 55
Cost Of Living Index: 131

This Montgomery County borough is on the northern fringes of Philadelphia. Commute times would be a lot higher than they would for other cities on this list.

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything that’s a northern Philadelphia suburb would be the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Pennsylvania residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Johnstown
2nd Worst: Nanticoke
Worst: New Castle

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Pennsylvania as well.

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Penn Wynne 1 5,912 29 137
Oreland 2 5,692 46 126
Glenside 3 7,467 60 120
Wyndmoor 4 5,724 38 130
Montgomeryville 5 12,905 23 130
Maple Glen 6 6,692 25 149
Ardmore 7 12,647 69 126
Trooper 8 5,787 25 128
Bethel Park Municipality 9 32,285 52 99
Collegeville 10 5,114 55 131
Blue Bell 11 5,915 35 151
Upper St. Clair 12 19,233 28 119
Hatboro 13 7,362 61 118
Fox Chapel 14 5,393 19.2 180
Glenshaw 15 8,782 14.0 100
Levittown 16 52,145 40 113
State College 17 42,008 67 115
Conshohocken 18 7,825 90 121
Paoli 19 5,456 61 130
Swarthmore 20 6,195 42 122
Kulpsville 21 7,851 45 119
Souderton 22 6,640 59 114
Phoenixville 23 16,430 92 112
Bellefonte 24 6,248 52 99
Franklin Park 25 13,462 43 128
Audubon 26 8,503 58 132
Whitfield 27 5,097 32 103
Willow Grove 28 16,105 62 117
Allison Park 29 22,098 39 107
Ambler 30 6,443 87 118
Park Forest Village 31 10,068 75 114
Sanatoga 32 8,360 59 111
Lionville 33 6,229 65 139
Pleasant Hills 34 8,271 40 96
Folsom 35 8,539 41 109
Forest Hills 36 6,524 47 89
King Of Prussia 37 20,129 68 126
Kennett Square 38 6,054 90 115
Dormont 39 8,609 70 92
Harleysville 40 9,128 64 129
Horsham 41 14,760 58 121
Camp Hill 42 7,858 70 102
Village Green-Green Ridge 43 7,958 34 114
Linglestown 44 6,593 37 99
Richboro 45 6,090 24 146
Plymouth Meeting 46 5,695 52 130
New Cumberland 47 7,272 60 97
Fairless Hills 48 8,897 55 114
Lansdale 49 16,278 75 114
Lower Allen 50 6,489 60 100
Paxtonia 51 5,047 55 98
Prospect Park 52 6,457 81 110
Broomall 53 11,006 37 128
Lititz 54 9,366 43 100
Castle Shannon 55 8,301 68 90
Whitehall 56 13,932 38 95
Fernway 57 11,979 38 121
West View 58 6,777 88 91
Drexel Hill 59 27,657 65 108
Oakmont 60 6,323 90 96
West Chester 61 18,656 95 140
Elizabethtown 62 11,579 59 98
Millersville 63 8,182 60 98
Ridley Park 64 7,008 62 111
Schlusser 65 5,020 54 95
Norwood 66 5,887 80 105
Progress 67 9,876 86 95
Croydon 68 10,269 58 106
Lansdowne 69 10,634 85 104
Baldwin 70 19,723 60 91
Ancient Oaks 71 7,709 34 119
Media 72 5,334 90 123
Bridgeville 73 5,144 57 91
Blandon 74 7,078 33 104
Crafton 75 5,971 86 92
Brentwood 76 9,648 88 86
Middletown 77 7,639 27 108
Middletown 78 7,639 27 108
Plum 79 27,147 52 95
Jefferson Hills 80 10,679 40 97
Economy 81 9,016 27 111
Downingtown 82 7,910 100 114
East York 83 8,911 57 95
Shiloh 84 11,257 50 96
Palmyra 85 7,352 69 103
Ephrata 86 13,426 81 101
New Holland 87 5,384 63 101
Munhall 88 11,405 77 84
Wescosville 89 5,970 35 106
Willow Street 90 7,210 75 103
Shillington 91 5,274 68 95
Wyomissing 92 10,489 88 109
Mechanicsburg 93 8,966 100 97
Sierra View 94 5,359 41 108
Carnot-Moon 95 11,184 83 100
Shanor-Northvue 96 5,178 43 104
Woodlyn 97 9,377 68 105
Monroeville Municipality 98 28,322 78 92
Birdsboro 99 5,168 63 98
Catasauqua 100 6,465 79 93
Leola 101 6,916 66 102
Mount Joy 102 7,515 73 97
Perkasie 103 8,542 78 121
Brookhaven 104 8,019 90 109
Murrysville Municipality 105 20,075 34 104
Columbia 106 10,413 84 86
Bellevue 107 8,362 97 89
Doylestown 108 8,381 72 144
Weigelstown 109 13,191 50 94
White Oak 110 7,875 40 86
Lewisburg 111 5,804 65 105
Indiana 112 14,026 84 86
Enola 113 6,062 95 90
Glenolden 114 7,160 94 103
Colonial Park 115 13,278 95 95
Turtle Creek 116 5,361 59 79
Coatesville 117 13,029 142 98
Westmont 118 5,159 42 98
Hellertown 119 5,900 80 98
Carnegie 120 7,965 85 87
Canonsburg 121 8,964 56 90
Kutztown 122 5,010 77 100
Emmaus 123 11,268 68 100
Clarks Summit 124 5,115 52 99
Northwest Harborcreek 125 9,138 38 94
Bristol 126 9,739 99 112
Clifton Heights 127 6,645 90 98
Hershey 128 13,890 80 105
Parkville 129 6,847 69 91
Oxford 130 5,069 104 106
Hollidaysburg 131 5,810 59 92
St. Marys 132 13,095 50 90
Quakertown 133 8,995 104 111
Northampton 134 9,933 67 99
Swissvale 135 8,968 136 83
Hanover 136 15,315 94 92
Carlisle 137 18,727 97 94
Folcroft 138 6,617 83 93
Grove City 139 8,277 48 84
Pottstown 140 22,388 142 98
Sharon Hill 141 5,680 126 95
Shippensburg 142 5,371 60 100
South Williamsport 143 6,370 74 88
Wilkinsburg 144 16,026 142 80
Norristown 145 34,217 137 98
Homeacre-Lyndora 146 6,949 55 96
Fullerton 147 15,401 89 100
Yeadon 148 11,477 111 97
Arlington Heights 149 6,202 62 96
Red Lion 150 6,378 97 87
Shamokin 151 7,370 34 76
Mountain Top 152 10,932 34 101
Collingdale 153 8,782 128 94
Pittsburgh 154 306,430 129 84
Nazareth 155 5,773 97 100
East Stroudsburg 156 9,903 105 92
Waynesboro 157 10,568 76 92
Coraopolis 158 5,675 111 84
Wilson 159 7,895 127 95
Steelton 160 5,982 128 83
Huntingdon 161 7,083 44 93
Jeannette 162 9,672 53 81
Lower Burrell 163 11,765 50 88
Old Forge 164 8,323 46 89
Bangor 165 5,279 103 91
Sayre 166 5,574 84 88
Clarion 167 5,253 55 93
Monaca 168 5,749 84 86
Lehighton 169 5,495 99 91
Meadville 170 13,370 81 87
Palmerton 171 5,419 51 92
Mckees Rocks 172 6,103 155 78
Sugarcreek 173 5,278 59 82
Washington 174 13,720 113 83
Bloomsburg 175 14,608 82 89
Easton 176 26,885 107 93
Hermitage 177 16,252 83 87
Bethlehem 178 75,016 97 100
Warren 179 9,672 116 83
Greensburg 180 14,881 93 88
Kingston 181 13,180 80 87
Berwick 182 10,476 109 88
West Mifflin 183 20,335 91 85
Darby 184 10,648 154 94
Lock Haven 185 9,750 85 88
Clairton 186 6,854 103 79
Vandergrift 187 5,197 63 79
Schuylkill Haven 188 5,411 77 81
Oil City 189 10,541 60 78
Philadelphia 190 1,525,811 140 96
New Kensington 191 13,157 106 82
Butler 192 13,798 122 85
Blakely 193 6,587 52 90
Chambersburg 194 20,217 104 94
Mount Carmel 195 5,897 87 78
Lewistown 196 8,372 108 84
California 197 6,762 65 83
Lancaster 198 59,205 141 89
Latrobe 199 8,346 107 86
Tyrone 200 5,476 90 87
Olyphant 201 5,154 45 89
Franklin 202 6,540 86 81
Franklin 203 6,540 86 81
Edinboro 204 6,466 78 92
Duquesne 205 5,639 151 77
Harrisburg 206 49,401 156 85
Dunmore 207 14,081 59 91
Selinsgrove 208 5,624 147 93
Ellwood City 209 7,958 103 85
New Brighton 210 6,026 136 81
Stroudsburg 211 5,623 124 95
Altoona 212 46,434 91 81
Arnold 213 5,150 102 78
Milton 214 7,050 91 89
Greenville 215 5,936 90 78
Swoyersville 216 5,066 88 87
Taylor 217 6,267 75 89
Williamsport 218 29,441 110 85
Monessen 219 7,732 114 80
Allentown 220 117,942 127 88
Titusville 221 5,601 87 83
Beaver Falls 222 8,945 129 81
Erie 223 101,454 110 82
Archbald 224 6,993 82 91
Dubois 225 7,785 109 85
Somerset 226 6,267 95 92
Ambridge 227 7,042 115 83
York 228 43,677 145 85
Lebanon 229 25,495 101 84
Connellsville 230 7,694 101 83
Aliquippa 231 9,497 102 81
Punxsutawney 232 5,965 110 84
Exeter 233 5,660 88 93
Sharon 234 14,060 125 75
Moosic 235 5,694 118 94
Pottsville 236 14,315 96 79
Carbondale 237 8,903 67 87
Mckeesport 238 19,877 142 78
Uniontown 239 10,424 118 82
Sunbury 240 9,917 112 83
Clearfield 241 6,203 124 84
Fort Washington 242 5,236 29 162
Farrell 243 5,047 111 75
Pittston 244 7,740 101 87
Scranton 245 76,021 103 85
Plymouth 246 5,964 106 86
Bradford 247 8,766 121 80
Reading 248 87,926 137 78
Chester 249 34,127 145 90
Tamaqua 250 7,064 88 78
Dickson City 251 6,088 110 86
Hazleton 252 25,166 98 86
Corry 253 6,589 103 80
Shenandoah 254 5,073 100 76
Wilkes-Barre 255 41,463 118 80
Johnstown 256 20,976 110 78
Nanticoke 257 10,459 120 82
New Castle 258 23,290 146 81

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