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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Pennsylvania, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Keystone State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Pennsylvania based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Pennsylvania ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Pennsylvania for 2022.
The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Pennsylvania For 2022
What's the best small town in Pennsylvania? Narberth is the best small town in Pennsylvania based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Narberth, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
For more reading on the Keystone State check out:
- Best Places To Live In Pennsylvania
- Cheapest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
- Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania
The 15 Best Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2022
Median Income: $107,266 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $536,200 (5th Best)
More on Narberth: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $138,819 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,900 (292nd Best)
More on Springmont: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $122,037 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,600 (22nd Best)
More on Wyncote: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $106,512 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $290,200 (54th Best)
More on Thompsonville: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $99,799 (62nd Best)
Median Home Value: $340,300 (29th Best)
More on Woxall: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $107,813 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $342,000 (28th Best)
More on Boalsburg: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $100,294 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $306,600 (42nd Best)
More on Aspinwall: Photos | Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $93,000 (85th Best)
Median Home Value: $256,800 (78th Best)
More on Colony Park: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $59,351 (344th Best)
Median Home Value: $305,800 (43rd Best)
More on Toftrees: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $109,922 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $566,400 (4th Best)
More on Ne: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $121,389 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $379,000 (19th Best)
More on Bradford Woods: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $103,056 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $258,000 (75th Best)
More on Old Orchard: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $116,364 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $364,100 (24th Best)
More on Flourtown: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $122,426 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $429,300 (13th Best)
More on Plumsteadville: Data | Homes For Sale
Median Income: $88,750 (100th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,500 (108th Best)
More on Clarks Green: Data | Homes For Sale
Methodology: How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Pennsylvania
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 691 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 691, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Pennsylvania. Top of that list -- Narberth. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Pennsylvania.
Summary: Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Pennsylvania are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Pennsylvania:
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