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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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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

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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,912
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $209,500 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
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: Wikipedia

Population: 5,041
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $194,500 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (1st best)
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: Wikipedia

Population: 6,218
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 29)
Home Values: $377,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (36th best)
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,209
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $185,300 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (16th best)
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,279
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Values: $302,800 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (28th best)
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: Wikipedia

Population: 7,916
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $278,000 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (44th best)
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: Wikipedia

Population: 14,228
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Home Values: $312,200 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (23rd best)
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,790
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $135,100 (67th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (4th best)
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,290
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Home Values: $167,800 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (40th best)
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: Wikipedia

Population: 7,032
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Home Values: $212,600 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (100th best)
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 Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Camp Hill 1 1 7,912 5.0% $209,500
Clarks Summit 2 2 5,041 0.9% $194,500
Swarthmore 3 32 6,218 5.0% $377,900
Lititz 4 3 9,209 4.0% $185,300
Collegeville 5 4 5,279 4.7% $302,800
Conshohocken 6 7 7,916 5.2% $278,000
Franklin Park 7 5 14,228 4.6% $312,200
Hollidaysburg 8 8 5,790 2.2% $135,100
New Cumberland 9 6 7,290 5.1% $167,800
Ridley Park 10 16 7,032 7.9% $212,600
Emmaus 11 18 11,363 3.0% $175,000
Fox Chapel 12 11 5,392 9.4% $548,600
Wyomissing 13 10 10,442 4.7% $224,400
Bellefonte 14 29 6,287 1.6% $173,700
Oakmont 15 15 6,420 3.8% $175,000
Norwood 16 25 5,900 7.5% $165,600
Perkasie 17 19 8,495 5.0% $241,200
Economy 18 21 9,240 3.6% $166,900
Dormont 19 17 8,491 5.1% $121,000
West View 20 12 6,704 4.8% $124,200
Souderton 21 13 6,737 4.8% $230,300
Brookhaven 22 19 8,056 8.8% $196,300
State College 23 14 42,074 7.5% $275,700
Whitehall 24 24 13,873 4.3% $141,100
Shillington 25 22 5,265 7.8% $134,900
Media 26 23 5,345 7.6% $288,200
Mechanicsburg 27 34 8,989 4.6% $165,100
Pleasant Hills 28 37 8,271 8.3% $153,600
Northampton 29 38 9,887 5.4% $165,900
New Holland 30 57 5,418 2.3% $198,400
Lansdale 31 28 16,454 7.0% $220,600
South Williamsport 32 35 6,328 5.2% $118,700
Catasauqua 33 69 6,509 4.4% $153,200
Hatboro 34 9 7,412 8.8% $254,100
Glenolden 35 56 7,167 3.6% $152,600
Castle Shannon 36 40 8,288 4.8% $116,100
St. Marys 37 31 12,748 3.6% $108,000
Kingston 38 39 12,996 6.4% $130,400
Swoyersville 39 42 5,000 1.9% $119,300
Hermitage 40 27 16,077 5.3% $134,700
Kennett Square 41 54 6,139 5.5% $240,200
White Oak 42 41 7,803 3.9% $96,000
Blakely 43 52 6,430 6.1% $142,600
Lewisburg 44 61 5,757 4.5% $161,600
Phoenixville 45 62 16,638 6.2% $213,800
Palmyra 46 60 7,481 5.2% $147,100
Ambler 47 46 6,507 10.0% $264,400
Canonsburg 48 49 8,933 6.7% $129,800
Archbald 49 65 7,036 6.0% $139,800
Jeannette 50 51 9,395 4.6% $84,800
Lower Burrell 51 55 11,527 5.7% $135,000
Bridgeville 52 47 5,117 6.4% $123,200
West Chester 53 43 19,434 6.7% $320,600
Dunmore 54 70 13,627 7.7% $155,100
Crafton 55 59 5,899 3.8% $117,200
Birdsboro 56 71 5,145 8.6% $157,100
Old Forge 57 49 8,172 8.1% $143,500
Bristol 58 76 9,593 5.5% $180,700
Lansdowne 59 64 10,621 7.6% $160,000
Edinboro 60 44 6,393 5.1% $159,000
Mount Joy 61 45 7,978 5.6% $158,100
Brentwood 62 53 9,550 6.3% $96,300
Carlisle 63 72 19,014 8.1% $167,900
Jefferson Hills 64 73 11,214 4.3% $193,200
Millersville 65 26 8,370 7.7% $157,800
Ephrata 66 66 13,714 6.5% $155,000
Schuylkill Haven 67 118 5,289 6.5% $82,100
Turtle Creek 68 82 5,292 4.7% $63,900
Forest Hills 69 33 6,475 4.6% $122,500
Carnegie 70 93 7,944 7.1% $98,700
Plum 71 30 27,474 4.6% $142,800
Monaca 72 67 5,678 5.6% $100,400
Sayre 73 84 5,467 5.1% $121,100
West Mifflin 74 92 20,153 8.2% $92,900
Huntingdon 75 74 7,042 6.6% $111,100
Exeter 76 63 5,605 5.5% $123,400
Bellevue 77 89 8,285 5.6% $105,500
Warren 78 87 9,407 6.4% $81,300
Moosic 79 83 5,731 6.0% $146,500
Olyphant 80 79 5,156 3.7% $149,800
Nazareth 81 36 5,703 8.8% $176,100
Baldwin 82 86 19,794 5.1% $120,600
Greensburg 83 80 14,572 6.5% $123,100
Clarion 84 75 5,073 9.9% $116,700
Gettysburg 85 85 7,643 7.4% $219,100
Selinsgrove 86 90 5,810 2.8% $144,300
Punxsutawney 87 95 5,883 4.7% $77,000
Sharon Hill 88 119 5,691 3.4% $120,000
Bloomsburg 89 104 14,619 5.5% $123,000
Bethlehem 90 81 75,110 6.7% $168,900
Indiana 91 78 14,002 12.3% $107,200
Clifton Heights 92 77 6,670 6.1% $130,200
California 93 88 6,564 14.1% $112,800
Somerset 94 110 6,102 9.2% $121,900
Altoona 95 94 45,209 7.6% $85,400
Folcroft 96 111 6,616 6.7% $112,600
East Stroudsburg 97 130 10,023 19.9% $151,100
Sugarcreek 98 68 5,155 9.9% $74,300
Hanover 99 101 15,429 6.3% $152,500
Wilson 100 113 7,819 8.6% $123,900

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