The 10 Richest Cities In Pennsylvania For 2021


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

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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 2021.

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 2021, 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 2021 that are also on our richest list. 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 2021

1. Jefferson Hills

Jefferson Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,200
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,140
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Jefferson Hills: Real Estate | Photos

2. Fox Chapel

Fox Chapel, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,121
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 10)
Median Income: $205,987
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
More on Fox Chapel: Real Estate | Photos

3. Economy

Economy, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,182
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,938
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Economy: Real Estate | Photos

4. Plum

Plum, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,195
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $78,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Plum: Real Estate | Photos

5. Pleasant Hills

Pleasant Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,113
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $76,480
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Pleasant Hills: Real Estate | Photos

6. Kennett Square

Kennett Square, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,190
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 34)
Median Income: $77,404
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Kennett Square: Real Estate | Photos

7. Franklin Park

Franklin Park, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,589
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $134,688
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Photos

8. Forest Hills

Forest Hills, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,377
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $71,709
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Photos

9. Camp Hill

Camp Hill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,911
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $87,008
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Camp Hill: Real Estate | Photos

10. Conshohocken

Conshohocken, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,029
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,241
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Conshohocken: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Pennsylvania For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021”. 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 2021

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: Reading

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Jefferson Hills 4.33 $93,140
2 Fox Chapel 4.67 $205,987
3 Economy 8.33 $81,938
4 Plum 12.33 $78,709
5 Pleasant Hills 17.0 $76,480
6 Kennett Square 17.33 $77,404
7 Franklin Park 17.67 $134,688
8 Forest Hills 19.33 $71,709
9 Camp Hill 20.0 $87,008
10 Conshohocken 20.67 $87,241
11 Doyle 21.33 $74,243
12 Perkasie 22.67 $77,420
13 Lititz 25.33 $64,343
14 Collegeville 26.33 $112,500
15 Palmerton 26.33 $66,353
16 Souderton 27.0 $67,423
17 Red Lion 29.67 $58,003
18 White Oak 30.0 $59,514
19 Dormont 30.33 $64,688
20 Downin 31.0 $66,345
21 Wyomissing 31.33 $81,178
22 Helle 31.67 $68,100
23 Ridley Park 32.67 $83,802
24 Oakmont 33.0 $65,833
25 Lower Burrell 34.67 $64,696
26 Castle Shannon 35.33 $62,149
27 Brookhaven 36.0 $68,110
28 Swarthmore 36.67 $107,778
29 Brentwood 38.0 $58,303
30 Mount Joy 38.33 $55,833
31 Whitehall 41.0 $66,484
32 Hatboro 41.33 $72,044
33 Emmaus 41.67 $59,026
34 Bellefonte 41.67 $56,250
35 Mechanicsburg 43.0 $55,652
36 Baldwin 43.33 $65,420
37 Lansdale 44.0 $66,794
38 Selinsgrove 44.67 $52,770
39 Morrisville 45.0 $70,292
40 Elizabet 45.67 $62,219
41 New Holland 46.0 $57,645
42 Northampton 48.67 $60,285
43 Ambler 50.67 $71,348
44 Blakely 51.0 $54,194
45 Bristol 51.33 $59,005
46 St. Marys 52.33 $53,516
47 Media 52.33 $77,708
48 Hollidaysburg 52.33 $49,049
49 South Williamsport 52.33 $54,596
50 Phoenixville 54.33 $73,004
51 Grove City 55.0 $54,875
52 Catasauqua 55.33 $59,460
53 West View 55.33 $60,997
54 Norwood 57.33 $78,370
55 Exeter 57.33 $50,764
56 Swoyersville 57.67 $53,643
57 Birdsboro 58.0 $64,722
58 Glenolden 58.33 $58,879
59 Dunmore 59.33 $59,806
60 Old Forge 59.67 $57,563
61 Wilson 60.0 $66,915
62 Hermitage 62.0 $56,026
63 Dickson City 62.67 $53,167
64 New Cumberland 64.0 $66,364
65 Archbald 67.0 $53,212
66 Lansdowne 67.0 $55,536
67 Bellevue 69.0 $46,397
68 Crafton 69.33 $52,449
69 Moosic 69.67 $55,957
70 Olyphant 70.0 $46,078
71 Ephrata 71.33 $51,954
72 Quake 72.33 $62,298
73 Hanover 76.0 $51,909
74 Milton 76.67 $49,000
75 Shillington 77.0 $65,032
76 Palmyra 80.33 $51,643
77 Folcroft 80.67 $62,229
78 Shippensburg 82.0 $44,005
79 Bethlehem 82.67 $55,809
80 Canonsburg 83.0 $50,077
81 Stroudsburg 84.67 $41,984
82 Chambersburg 84.67 $49,023
83 Swissvale 85.67 $50,067
84 Lewisburg 88.33 $39,830
85 Carnegie 88.67 $52,612
86 Prospect Park 89.0 $60,569
87 Nazareth 89.0 $56,349
88 Kingston 89.33 $51,554
89 Sayre 90.67 $42,557
90 Yeadon 90.67 $54,487
91 Dubois 91.0 $46,409
92 Easton 91.33 $51,698
93 Plymouth 91.67 $42,754
94 Warren 91.67 $42,939
95 Middl 93.33 $51,759
96 Monaca 96.0 $39,974
97 West Chester 96.33 $61,837
98 West Mifflin 96.67 $52,679
99 Munhall 96.67 $47,649
100 Ambridge 96.67 $41,377

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Pennsylvania.

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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