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.

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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

This isn’t a knock on the rest of Pennsylvania, but Camp Hill is a little slice of heaven. Camp Hill blew away the rest of the state across the board.

The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than most residents in other areas of the state.

And when you have really low crime, life is good, at least those who can afford it.

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 ranks 2nd 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 Clarks Summit over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

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

Looks like little Swarthmore might be a hidden gem in Pennsylvania. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($377,900) and crime is really low (22nd lowest in the state).

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

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

Little Lititz has it made. It has the 16th 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!

Collegeville, PA

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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

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 Collegeville.

Collegeville ranked impressively high for its crime rate (19th overall) and its short commute times (86th).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

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 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 $312,200 and households earn a median salary of $121,661. One could get used to that.

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Pennsylvania, as there were only 7 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 4th lowest in Pennsylvania (2.2%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 67th most expensive in Hollidaysburg ($135,100), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $52,078 a year.

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

The crime is the 17th lowest in the state in New Cumberland, and there were only 3 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Pennsylvania, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in New Cumberland earn $51,173 a year.

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

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.

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.

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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Where Are The 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

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