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:
- Camp Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clarks Summit (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Swarthmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lititz (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Collegeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Conshohocken (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hollidaysburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Cumberland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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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, 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’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Well, I guess technically 5.0% of Camp Hill residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 36th closest of any city in Pennsylvania.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Camp Hill also ranked well for crime (14th) and median income ($71,039).
You might be surprised to see the Town of Clarks Summit so high on the list. Unless you live in Clarks Summit.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 0.9%, Clarks Summit residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Pennsylvania. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Clarks Summit is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Clarks Summit is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
The crime is the 22nd lowest in the state in Swarthmore, and there were only 5 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 Swarthmore earn $92,292 a year.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Pennsylvania, as there were only 2 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 16th lowest in Pennsylvania (4.0%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 25th most expensive in Lititz ($185,300), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $53,942 a year.
Collegeville comes in at a close 5th. They have the 28th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 3rd highest median income as well, which means the people in Collegeville are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 5th best in the state.
Conshohocken has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Pennsylvania. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Conshohocken is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Conshohocken residents to work is significantly higher than average.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Pennsylvania, Franklin Park came in 7th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Franklin Park has an impressive history for a place of just over 14,228 people. The median home costs a cool $312,200 and households make $121,661 which is good for 2nd in Pennsylvania.
Hollidaysburg broke into the top ten best places to live in Pennsylvania on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 4th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 48th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 33rd shortest average commute time of any place in Pennsylvania.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, New Cumberland 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, New Cumberland still holds its own in in Pennsylvania.
It’s obvious why Ridley Park ranks 10th in the state for best places to live: they have the 100th lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Ridley Park a great place to live.
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 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Pennsylvania
- Seven Fields (Pop. 2,865)
- Fox Chase (Pop. 1,280)
- Lincoln Park (Pop. 1,612)
- Colony Park (Pop. 1,459)
- Whitfield (Pop. 4,403)
- Lemont (Pop. 2,144)
- Chesterbrook (Pop. 4,693)
- Ben Avon (Pop. 1,774)
- Clarks Green (Pop. 1,435)
- Narberth (Pop. 4,305)
Best Small Towns To Live In Pennsylvania
- Ben Avon Heights (Pop. 349)
- Pennwyn (Pop. 761)
- Mount Gretna (Pop. 240)
- Glen Osborne (Pop. 553)
- Rosslyn Farms (Pop. 465)
- Harleigh (Pop. 897)
- Waverly (Pop. 579)
- Spring Ridge (Pop. 902)
- Rennerdale (Pop. 849)
- Thornburg (Pop. 449)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Pennsylvania according to the data:
- Duquesne (Pop. 5,534)
- Clairton (Pop. 6,719)
- McKeesport (Pop. 19,529)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania