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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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 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.

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

According to scientific data, Camp Hill is the best place in Pennsylvania, and it’s not even close.

Residents here earn the 11th most per household in the state and crime is basically non-existent.

No wonder the population here has jumped more than 30% in the last five years. Everyone who can afford it wants to live here.

So if you’re moving to Pennsylvania and want to settle in an awesome place, look no further.

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

Clarks Summit has a strong showing in our best places to live in Pennsylvania analysis, coming it at 2nd best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Pennsylvania, Clarks Summit is a great option.

Swarthmore, PA

Source: Public domain
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

Perhaps what makes Swarthmore 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 Swarthmore great. They also have the 4th highest median income and the 119th shortest commute time.

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Pennsylvania, Lititz came in 4th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Lititz has an impressive history for a place of just over 9,209 people. The median home costs a cool $185,300 and households make $53,942 which is good for 42nd in Pennsylvania.

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

Conshohocken 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 44th lowest in the state at 5.2%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $78,801, and the average cost of a home is $278,000. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

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

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

Franklin Park has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Franklin Park has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.6% and lowering. And the Franklin Park police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 8th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

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

Little Hollidaysburg has it made. It has the 4th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Pennsylvania.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

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 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 New Cumberland. 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.

Ridley Park, PA

Source: Public domain
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 makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 7.9% of folks are jobless, you can bet Ridley Park residents are glad to live where they do.

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)

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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