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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.
The Best Counties To Live In Pennsylvania For 2021
1. Bucks County
Biggest Place: Levittown
Biggest Place: West Chester
Biggest Place: Norri
Biggest Place: Butler
Biggest Place: Carlisle
6. Adams County
Biggest Place: Gettysburg
Biggest Place: Bethlehem
Biggest Place: Washington
Biggest Place: Alden
10. Montour County
Biggest Place: Danville
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.
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:
- Philadelphia County
- Potter County
- Clarion County
For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:
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- Richest Cities In Pennsylvania
- Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
- Safest Places In Pennsylvania