The 10 Best Scranton Suburbs To Live In For 2023

The best Scranton suburbs are Clarks Summit and Moosic for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

While big cities like Scranton offer culture, cuisine, and charisma, they also deliver terrible traffic, towering expenses, and a taxing quality of life.

With that in mind, we wanted to uncover the best suburbs around Scranton. These burbs have all of the benefits of being near Scranton without actually having to be in the city.

Of course, not all suburbs of Scranton are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. Using Saturday Night Science, we delve into the factors that matter most, from commutes and housing costs to community vibes, to help you uncover the perfect suburban spots in the Greater Scranton area.

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Scranton for 2023:

  1. Clarks Summit
  2. Moosic
  3. Blakely
  4. Avoca
  5. Dallas
  6. Wyoming
  7. Harveys Lake
  8. Dunmore
  9. Jermyn
  10. West Pittston

What’s the best suburb of Scranton? Clarks Summit ranks as the best suburb of Scranton for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Clarks Summit, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Scranton ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Best Scranton Suburbs To Live For 2023

Clarks Summit, PA

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Population: 5,122
Median Income: $80,481
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
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Clarks Summit is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Scranton area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Clarks Summit.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $80,481 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Scranton region. And only 2.69% are out of work. Homes average more than $191,400 each.

Moosic, PA

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Population: 5,937
Median Income: $65,882
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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Moosic is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Scranton for 2023.

It ranks 7th for incomes in the area and only 2.63% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Blakely, PA

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Population: 6,640
Median Income: $56,544
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Blakely: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Here in Blakely, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Scranton metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Blakely.

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Population: 2,518
Median Income: $61,797
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on Avoca: Data | Crime | Real Estate

Avoca ranks as the 4th best suburb of Scranton for 2023.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Avoca and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 2,696
Median Income: $77,019
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 19.6%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Dallas.

Dallas gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Scranton area, where houses sell for an average of $174,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Wyoming, PA

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Population: 3,090
Median Income: $57,462
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Wyoming is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.06%.

According to online reports, Wyoming is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Scranton area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Harveys Lake, PA

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Population: 2,788
Median Income: $86,875
Unemployment Rate: 0.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Harveys Lake.

Harveys Lake schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 19.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Dunmore, PA

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Population: 14,009
Median Income: $62,656
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
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Dunmore is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.01% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

Jermyn, PA

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Population: 2,086
Median Income: $52,107
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Jermyn?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

West Pittston, PA

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Population: 4,670
Median Income: $58,021
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 15.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2023 is West Pittston.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Scranton for 2023

Figuring out the best suburbs around Scranton was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2017-2021 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college-educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Scranton.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 38 suburbs to evaluate around Scranton.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 38 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near Scranton.” We’re lookin’ at you, Clarks Summit.

This result may differ from our state-wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2023. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Scranton suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Scranton ‘Burbs of 2023

We said it once, and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Scranton but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Scranton Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Clarks Summit, PA 5,122 $80,481
2 Moosic, PA 5,937 $65,882
3 Blakely, PA 6,640 $56,544
4 Avoca, PA 2,518 $61,797
5 Dallas, PA 2,696 $77,019
6 Wyoming, PA 3,090 $57,462
7 Harveys Lake, PA 2,788 $86,875
8 Dunmore, PA 14,009 $62,656
9 Jermyn, PA 2,086 $52,107
10 West Pittston, PA 4,670 $58,021
11 Archbald, PA 7,295 $63,080
12 Forty Fort, PA 4,212 $67,371
13 Exeter, PA 5,516 $60,284
14 Swoyersville, PA 5,020 $56,564
15 West Wyoming, PA 2,635 $68,264
16 Old Forge, PA 8,494 $62,615
17 Kingston, PA 13,304 $51,539
18 Jessup, PA 4,543 $54,002
19 Larksville, PA 4,241 $64,485
20 Dupont, PA 2,559 $52,109
21 Duryea, PA 5,022 $67,027
22 Plymouth, PA 5,765 $42,895
23 Olyphant, PA 5,359 $56,475
24 Mount Pocono, PA 3,084 $54,696
25 Luzerne, PA 2,721 $40,674
26 Throop, PA 4,075 $43,571
27 Edwardsville, PA 4,913 $45,310
28 Taylor, PA 6,281 $54,886
29 Dickson, PA 15,855 $55,318
30 Pittston, PA 7,589 $40,180
31 Nanticoke, PA 10,588 $49,937
32 Carbondale, PA 8,828 $47,718
33 Freeland, PA 3,773 $42,930
34 Georgetown, PA 8,435 $42,998
35 Wilkes-Barre, PA 44,086 $42,430
36 Eagle Lake, PA 3,487 $43,689
37 Honesdale, PA 4,410 $40,042
38 Ashley, PA 2,605 $35,464
About Chris Kolmar

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