Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020


We analyzed 187 places in Pennsylvania to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Pennsylvania.

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You either have to own Dunder-Mifflin, Hershey's Chocolate, or be a descendant of President James Buchanan, to live in our top ten richest cities in Pennsylvania for 2020.

If you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in The Keystone State that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. Yes, the Commonwealth has many cities that cater to the lifestyle of the Pennsylvania rich and famous. How does one get their hand on one of these Pennsylvania cities where living your best life 'ain't no thing'? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $90,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The median home price in this city is currently $190,000, and is projected to rise an additional 2% this year. That's a lot of Pennsylvania cheddar, folks. Secondly, you have to be a hard worker. Unemployment rates and poverty rates in most of these affluent Pennsylvania cities hovers just above 4%.

Monetary wealth does make a city rich, but there are cities on our list that are both rich in the dollar as well as rich in amenities. Cities on our list like Perkasie provide the backdrop for fancy wine tasting, and cities like Camp Hill provide multiple outlets for the one activity that rich people like to do most: head to the spa. To see which cities top the richest cities in Pennsylvania for 2020, grab a Philly cheesesteak and a Yuengling and take a look at the list below.

It's not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our best cities to live in Pennsylvania for 2020 that are also on our richest list. (It's worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To narrow down the richest cities in the Quaker State, we looked at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

This left us with 187 cities in the 33rd largest state and the sixth most populous state in the country.

What's the weathiest place in Pennsylvania? Without further adieu, the one city that has it all on our richest cities in Pennsylvania list is Jefferson Hills.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The state with 'Virtue, Liberty, and Independence' is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Pennsylvania:

The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,231
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $88,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jefferson Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. It includes the community of Large. In the 2010 census the population was 10,619. Jefferson Hills was created as Jefferson Township, incorporating on January 22, 1828, and named after Thomas Jefferson. The borough is a part of West Jefferson Hills School District. Before 1998, the borough was known as Jefferson.

Economy, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,207
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,208
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Economy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Economy is a borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,970 at the 2010 census.

Collegeville, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,170
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $110,921
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Collegeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collegeville, sometimes referred to as "Little Philly" is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia on the Perkiomen Creek. Collegeville was incorporated in 1896. It is the location of Ursinus College, opened in 1869. The population was 5,089 at the 2010 census.

Pleasant Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,184
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 32)
Median Income: $73,164
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Pleasant Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pleasant Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,268. Pleasant Hills is a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Franklin Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,448
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $122,028
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

Wyomissing, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,452
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Income: $82,600
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Wyomissing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyomissing is a borough in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States, established on July 2, 1906. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,461, compared to 8,587 at the 2000 census. The population growth of the borough was largely due to its merger in January 2002 with neighboring Wyomissing Hills. Wyomissing is the most populous borough in Berks County. The borough is recognized as a Tree City USA and selected as a "Contender" for the best places to live in Pennsylvania by Money magazine.

Doyle, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,307
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $77,841
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Doyle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plum, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,304
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $75,326
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Plum: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plum is a borough in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. A suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it is located northeast of the city of Pittsburgh, in what is commonly referred to as the East Hills suburbs. The population was 27,126 at the 2010 census.

Conshohocken, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,010
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Median Income: $85,861
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridley Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,035
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 22)
Median Income: $76,967
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Ridley Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridley Park is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 7,002 at the 2010 census. Ridley Park is the home of The Boeing Company's CH-47 Chinook helicopter division.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Pennsylvania For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Pennsylvania
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 187 places with more than 5,000 people in Pennsylvania, we ranked each place from 1 to 187 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Jefferson Hills, crowned the "Richest City In Pennsylvania For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 187 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Pennsylvania For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Pennsylvania, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Pennsylvania.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Pennsylvania, according to data:

Poorest: Johnstown
2nd Poorest: Duquesne
3rd Poorest: Indiana

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Jefferson Hills 6.67 $88,625
2 Economy 12.33 $80,208
3 Collegeville 15.33 $110,921
4 Pleasant Hills 16.33 $73,164
5 Franklin Park 17.0 $122,028
6 Wyomissing 17.33 $82,600
7 Doyle 18.0 $77,841
8 Plum 18.0 $75,326
9 Conshohocken 18.67 $85,861
10 Ridley Park 19.0 $76,967
11 Perkasie 19.33 $75,824
12 Fox Chapel 20.0 $168,073
13 Camp Hill 22.0 $83,082
14 Forest Hills 22.67 $69,044
15 Emmaus 27.0 $58,712
16 Lititz 27.33 $60,625
17 Souderton 29.0 $66,028
18 Red Lion 30.33 $55,635
19 Swarthmore 32.33 $109,648
20 Oakmont 32.67 $64,054
21 Mount Joy 33.0 $62,191
22 Helle 34.67 $67,135
23 New Holland 35.0 $58,017
24 Downin 35.67 $61,417
25 Lansdale 35.83 $65,433
26 Mechanicsburg 36.0 $55,545
27 Baldwin 36.0 $61,996
28 Bellefonte 36.33 $51,818
29 White Oak 36.67 $56,128
30 Brookhaven 38.33 $65,068
31 Hatboro 38.67 $72,342
32 St. Marys 39.0 $51,698
33 Whitehall 41.0 $63,518
34 Brentwood 41.33 $55,809
35 Dormont 42.67 $60,337
36 Selinsgrove 43.33 $50,417
37 Northampton 43.33 $60,763
38 Glenolden 43.67 $59,274
39 Ambler 47.0 $71,081
40 Kennett Square 50.33 $71,536
41 Lower Burrell 50.33 $63,929
42 Hollidaysburg 51.33 $48,292
43 Elizabet 52.33 $59,806
44 Morrisville 52.33 $74,931
45 Palmerton 52.67 $62,573
46 Moosic 53.0 $58,688
47 Media 53.0 $71,841
48 New Cumberland 54.33 $64,176
49 Grove City 54.67 $51,250
50 Phoenixville 55.0 $70,560
51 Castle Shannon 55.33 $55,484
52 Catasauqua 55.67 $55,975
53 Lansdowne 56.33 $54,156
54 South Williamsport 57.0 $52,929
55 Prospect Park 57.33 $59,910
56 Birdsboro 57.83 $65,433
57 Norwood 58.33 $77,034
58 West View 59.67 $56,048
59 Crafton 60.67 $54,311
60 Hermitage 62.0 $53,378
61 Blakely 62.33 $50,762
62 Quake 62.67 $58,202
63 Bristol 63.0 $55,313
64 Bellevue 65.0 $44,589
65 Exeter 65.33 $53,631
66 Folcroft 66.33 $59,641
67 Milton 66.33 $43,925
68 Olyphant 66.67 $49,500
69 Archbald 67.0 $53,995
70 Shillington 67.33 $63,365
71 Canonsburg 69.67 $47,500
72 Wilson 70.67 $60,163
73 Dunmore 71.67 $56,322
74 Old Forge 73.0 $52,000
75 Palmyra 73.33 $50,437
76 Monaca 74.33 $39,858
77 Ephrata 75.0 $49,691
78 Hanover 76.0 $48,420
79 Bethlehem 78.0 $54,701
80 Kingston 78.67 $51,939
81 Dubois 82.33 $48,193
82 Greenville 83.0 $44,438
83 Dickson City 83.33 $46,325
84 Edinboro 84.0 $46,679
85 Munhall 85.67 $46,715
86 Carnegie 86.33 $47,798
87 Carlisle 88.0 $51,408
88 Sharon Hill 88.33 $56,250
89 West Chester 90.33 $58,500
90 Millersville 90.33 $52,371
91 Chambersburg 91.67 $47,963
92 Kut 91.67 $52,679
93 West Mifflin 93.0 $53,056
94 Lewisburg 93.0 $37,447
95 Bridgeville 93.33 $45,746
96 Easton 94.0 $50,143
97 Yeadon 94.67 $52,968
98 Schuylkill Haven 96.0 $44,295
99 Oxford 96.67 $56,450
100 Nazareth 97.33 $54,774

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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4 thoughts on “Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

  1. This is kind of a pointless list. The most affluent area in all of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia’s Main Line Suburbs – is not even represented, I assume due to your definition of “place”. Gladwynne, Villanova, Radnor, Devon… All of these places are far more affluent than any on your list.

  2. Umm… have you been to Pennsylvania? Conshohocken is richer than neighboring Gladwyne? What? Whoever came up with this list has no idea what they’re talking about.

  3. I agree with the other comment, where’s Mount Lebanon, Upper Saint Clair and Peters Township????? Venetia In Peters was just listed as number one Income in the Pittsburgh area in 2019.

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