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.
Camp Hill 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 36th lowest in the state at 5.0%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $71,039, and the average cost of a home is $209,500. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Camp Hill one of America’s gems.
At an unemployment rate of 0.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Clarks Summit. And the residents command high salaries ($74,304 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($194,500 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.
The tiny town of Swarthmore may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Pennsylvania residents know, Swarthmore is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Lititz ranked highly for adjusted median income (42nd), crime (4th), and unemployment (16th).
With a population of 9,209 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.
But don’t listen to what they say people of Lititz, you can be anything you want.
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.
It’s obvious why Conshohocken ranks 6th in the state for best places to live: they have the 44th lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Conshohocken a great place to live.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Pennsylvania, as there were only 1 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 23rd lowest in Pennsylvania (4.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 4th most expensive in Franklin Park ($312,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $121,661 a year.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Hollidaysburg 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, Hollidaysburg still holds its own in in Pennsylvania.
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 New Cumberland.
New Cumberland ranked impressively high for its crime rate (17th overall) and its short commute times (60th).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Looks like little Ridley Park might be a hidden gem in Pennsylvania. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($212,600) and crime is really low (15th lowest in the state).
Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.
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