The 10 Best Counties To Live In Pennsylvania For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Pennsylvania have the most for people looking to make the move to Pennsylvania.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Pennsylvania.

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Pennsylvania a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Keystone State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Pennsylvania, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 67 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Keystone State for 2021.

Bucks County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Pennsylvania. And you might want to avoid Philadelphia County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Pennsylvania, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania and the cheapest places to live in Pennsylvania.

The Best Counties To Live In Pennsylvania For 2021

1. Bucks County

Bristol, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Levittown

Population: 626,806
Median Income: $89,139 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $330,600.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 406.6% (12th best)
More on Bucks County: PhotosData

2. Chester County

Coatesville, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: West Chester

Population: 519,560
Median Income: $100,214 (best)
Median Home Price: $357,100.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 396.1% (11th best)
More on Chester County: PhotosData

3. Montgomery County

Ambler, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Norri

Population: 823,823
Median Income: $91,546 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $316,100.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 420.4% (16th best)
More on Montgomery County: PhotosData

4. Butler County

Butler, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Butler

Population: 186,899
Median Income: $70,668 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $205,600.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 389.5% (10th best)
More on Butler County: PhotosData

5. Cumberland County

Camp Hill, PA

Biggest Place: Carlisle

Population: 249,328
Median Income: $71,269 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $202,900.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 339.6% (4th best)
More on Cumberland County: PhotosData

6. Adams County

Carroll Valley, PA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Gettysburg

Population: 102,470
Median Income: $67,253 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $205,800.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 376.8% (9th best)
More on Adams County: PhotosData

7. Northampton County

Bangor, PA

Biggest Place: Bethlehem

Population: 302,809
Median Income: $70,471 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $219,800.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 476.1% (3best)
More on Northampton County: PhotosData

8. Washington County

Bentleyville, PA

Biggest Place: Washington

Population: 207,212
Median Income: $63,543 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $167,900.0 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 503.0% (36th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

9. Westmoreland County

Arnold, PA

Biggest Place: Alden

Population: 352,590
Median Income: $60,471 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $153,100.0 (32nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 413.7% (14th best)
More on Westmoreland County: PhotosData

10. Montour County

Danville, PA

Biggest Place: Danville

Population: 18,259
Median Income: $58,333 (26th best)
Median Home Price: $185,100.0 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 199.8% (best)
More on Montour County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Pennsylvania county is the best?

To give you the best county in Pennsylvania, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Pennsylvania across each of the criteria from one to 67, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Pennsylvania".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Keystone State.

Read on to see why Bucks County is the best county, while Philadelphia County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Pennsylvania.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Pennsylvania To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Pennsylvania can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Pennsylvania according to the data:

  1. Philadelphia County
  2. Potter County
  3. Clarion County

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Pennsylvania

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Bucks County 1 626,806 $89,139 $330,600.0
Chester County 2 519,560 $100,214 $357,100.0
Montgomery County 3 823,823 $91,546 $316,100.0
Butler County 4 186,899 $70,668 $205,600.0
Cumberland County 5 249,328 $71,269 $202,900.0
Adams County 6 102,470 $67,253 $205,800.0
Northampton County 7 302,809 $70,471 $219,800.0
Washington County 8 207,212 $63,543 $167,900.0
Westmoreland County 9 352,590 $60,471 $153,100.0
Montour County 10 18,259 $58,333 $185,100.0
York County 11 445,565 $66,457 $177,100.0
Beaver County 12 165,833 $57,807 $141,100.0
Wyoming County 13 27,327 $59,415 $167,900.0
Centre County 14 161,960 $60,403 $234,900.0
Delaware County 15 564,554 $74,477 $244,400.0
Elk County 16 30,340 $53,440 $103,200.0
Pike County 17 55,453 $65,928 $185,700.0
Allegheny County 18 1,221,744 $61,043 $154,700.0
Armstrong County 19 65,867 $51,410 $109,400.0
Columbia County 20 65,715 $50,550 $151,700.0
Perry County 21 46,053 $63,718 $169,300.0
Lancaster County 22 540,999 $66,056 $209,400.0
Wayne County 23 51,422 $56,096 $181,300.0
Lackawanna County 24 210,652 $52,821 $152,400.0
Lycoming County 25 114,330 $54,241 $155,800.0
Bradford County 26 60,963 $52,358 $150,600.0
Franklin County 27 154,147 $63,379 $180,400.0
Lebanon County 28 139,729 $60,281 $171,300.0
Snyder County 29 40,483 $58,997 $166,100.0
Union County 30 45,111 $59,399 $189,500.0
Lehigh County 31 365,052 $63,897 $208,200.0
Tioga County 32 40,944 $51,324 $142,100.0
Monroe County 33 168,032 $63,934 $168,000.0
Dauphin County 34 275,632 $60,715 $167,900.0
Bedford County 35 48,337 $50,509 $136,700.0
Cameron County 36 4,611 $41,165 $78,500.0
Blair County 37 123,157 $49,181 $123,600.0
Lawrence County 38 86,727 $50,204 $111,300.0
Mckean County 39 41,401 $48,647 $80,400.0
Huntingdon County 40 45,369 $51,678 $136,400.0
Schuylkill County 41 142,674 $52,280 $102,100.0
Warren County 42 39,756 $50,250 $98,000.0
Northumberland County 43 91,761 $48,671 $117,400.0
Carbon County 44 63,887 $57,006 $146,400.0
Jefferson County 45 43,846 $47,603 $103,900.0
Erie County 46 273,835 $51,529 $134,100.0
Susquehanna County 47 40,970 $54,966 $167,700.0
Berks County 48 418,025 $63,728 $178,700.0
Cambria County 49 133,009 $46,659 $91,900.0
Juniata County 50 24,624 $53,879 $148,900.0
Crawford County 51 85,665 $50,304 $113,200.0
Fulton County 52 14,506 $53,476 $161,000.0
Greene County 53 36,870 $54,776 $122,900.0
Mercer County 54 111,518 $50,696 $121,100.0
Luzerne County 55 317,663 $53,473 $127,000.0
Clinton County 56 38,915 $50,923 $136,600.0
Indiana County 57 85,032 $49,320 $121,100.0
Somerset County 58 74,361 $49,089 $107,000.0
Mifflin County 59 46,276 $50,219 $117,900.0
Venango County 60 51,818 $49,945 $89,400.0
Sullivan County 61 6,135 $47,407 $154,400.0
Forest County 62 7,313 $39,717 $95,900.0
Clearfield County 63 79,908 $49,015 $96,100.0
Fayette County 64 131,302 $47,364 $101,500.0
Clarion County 65 38,715 $46,680 $116,900.0
Potter County 66 16,806 $45,419 $109,600.0
Philadelphia County 67 1,579,075 $45,927 $163,000.0

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