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

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.

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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, 701 towns, and 800 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.

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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.

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1. Camp Hill

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Population: 7,912
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $209,500 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
More on Camp Hill: Real Estate | Data
The Town of Camp Hill consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let’s see why Camp Hill ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Camp Hill are the 19th most expensive in the state of Pennsylvania, with the average home worth a whopping $209,500. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Camp Hill if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Camp Hill residents have the 11th highest income in the state, and the 14th lowest crime numbers in Pennsylvania.

2. Clarks Summit

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,041
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $194,500 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
More on Clarks Summit: Real Estate | Data
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Clarks Summit 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, Clarks Summit still holds its own in in Pennsylvania.

3. Swarthmore

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,218
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 29)
Home Values: $377,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate | Data
Swarthmore ranks 3rd on our list of best places to live in Pennsylvania thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Pennsylvania that we examined.

People have been flocking to Swarthmore over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

4. Lititz

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Population: 9,209
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $185,300 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (16th best)
More on Lititz: Real Estate | Data
The Town of Lititz consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let’s see why Lititz ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Lititz are the 25th most expensive in the state of Pennsylvania, with the average home worth a whopping $185,300. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Lititz if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Lititz residents have the 42nd highest income in the state, and the 4th lowest crime numbers in Pennsylvania.

5. Collegeville

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,279
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Values: $302,800 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (28th best)
More on Collegeville: Real Estate | Data
Collegeville comes in 5th in our best places to live in Pennsylvania analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (28th overall) and crime rate (19th overall), Collegeville is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Collegeville in our lists for years to come.

6. Conshohocken

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,916
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $278,000 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (44th best)
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate | Data
Conshohocken is another great city in Pennsylvania with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Conshohocken. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”

Enough said.

7. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,228
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Home Values: $312,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (23rd best)
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data
At an umeployment rate of 4.6%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Franklin Park. And the residents command high salaries ($121,661 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($312,200 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.

8. Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Population: 5,790
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $135,100 (67th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (4th best)
More on Hollidaysburg: Real Estate | Data
In Hollidaysburg, everyone loves to call Hollidaysburg home! The median home value is the 67th highest in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 4th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Keystone State.

Hollidaysburg should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

9. New Cumberland

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Population: 7,290
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Values: $167,800 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (40th best)
More on New Cumberland: Real Estate | Data
Who doesn’t want to live inNew Cumberland? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 5.1%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of New Cumberland in the news in the coming months.

10. Ridley Park

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,032
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Home Values: $212,600 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (100th best)
More on Ridley Park: Real Estate | Data
If you live in Ridley Park, you probably know how great it is already.

Ridley Park has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($70,766). And the crime is really, really low (15th lowest in Pennsylvania).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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. Haverford College (Pop. 1,306)
  2. Seven Fields (Pop. 2,865)
  3. Fox Chase (Pop. 1,280)
  4. Messiah College (Pop. 2,359)
  5. Lincoln Park (Pop. 1,612)
  6. Colony Park (Pop. 1,459)
  7. Whitfield (Pop. 4,403)
  8. Lemont (Pop. 2,144)
  9. Chesterbrook (Pop. 4,693)
  10. Ben Avon (Pop. 1,774)

Best Small Towns To Live In Pennsylvania

  1. Ben Avon Heights (Pop. 349)
  2. Pennwyn (Pop. 761)
  3. Mount Gretna (Pop. 240)
  4. Westland (Pop. 99)
  5. Glen Osborne (Pop. 553)
  6. Rosslyn Farms (Pop. 465)
  7. Harleigh (Pop. 897)
  8. Timber Hills (Pop. 454)
  9. Waverly (Pop. 579)
  10. Spring Ridge (Pop. 902)

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

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

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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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