Are you sick of being a city slicker?
Do you long for life in suburban Pennsylvania? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?
We do too.
Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.
So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Harrisburg, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Pennsylvania suburb was best?
No worries. We got it all figured out here.
These are the 10 best suburbs in the Keystone State:
- Swarthmore (Photos)
- Collegeville (Photos)
- Franklin Park (Photos)
- Conshohocken (Photos)
- Fox Chapel (Photos)
- Ridley Park (Photos)
- Dormont (Photos)
- Economy (Photos)
- Norwood (Photos)
- Oakmont (Photos)
Swarthmore is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Pennsylvania.
So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in 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 best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania.
How do you determine which suburb is the best in Pennsylvania anyways?
To give you the best suburbs in Pennsylvania, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a “best city” and what isn’t.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Keystone State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Pennsylvania, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).
We paid particular attention to:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher is Better)
- Unemployment Rates
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We ranked each suburb in Pennsylvania across a number of criteria from one to 69, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Pennsylvania”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Pennsylvania
Read on to see why Swarthmore is the ‘burb with the most, while Mckeesport is probably not the best place to live in Pennsylvania.
Median Income: $92,292
Median Home Price: $377,900
Swarthmore is located 13 miles west of Philadelphia.
Median Income: $105,761
Median Home Price: $302,800
Collegeville is located 21 miles west of Philadelphia.
3. Franklin Park
Median Income: $121,661
Median Home Price: $312,200
Franklin Park is located 12 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Median Income: $78,801
Median Home Price: $278,000
Conshohocken is located 10 miles west of Philadelphia.
5. Fox Chapel
Median Income: $148,553
Median Home Price: $548,600
Fox Chapel is located 7 miles east of Pittsburgh.
6. Ridley Park
Median Income: $70,766
Median Home Price: $212,600
Ridley Park is located 13 miles west of Philadelphia.
Median Income: $58,875
Median Home Price: $121,000
Dormont is located 4 miles west of Pittsburgh.
Median Income: $78,578
Median Home Price: $166,900
Economy is located 17 miles west of Pittsburgh.
Median Income: $70,313
Median Home Price: $165,600
Norwood is located 12 miles west of Philadelphia.
Median Income: $61,523
Median Home Price: $175,000
Oakmont is located 9 miles east of Pittsburgh.
There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Pennsylvania
Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Pennsylvania according to the data:
For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania
- 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Pennsylvania
Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Pennsylvania