There are plenty of reasons to move to Pennsylvania: its rich history, great job market, and lush, rolling countryside all make it near the top of any list of great states to live in. The Quaker State is no slouch when it comes to education, either, as it is home to many excellent universities. Check out our rundown of Pennsylvania’s five best cities to live in to give you a better idea of where to settle down in the state.

1. West Chester

West Chester, the county seat of Chester County, is Pennsylvania’s best community to live in. The borough has a strong economy bolstered by the presence of many corporate headquarters, including those of Mars Drinks and VWR International.

2. Wayne

The wealthy Philadelphia suburb of Wayne is Pennsylvania’s #2 most liveable city. Located on the Main Line, a row of affluent communities clustered along the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Wayne boasts a median household income of nearly $120,000.

3. Malvern

Also located in Chester County are #3 Malvern and #4 Phoenixville. Malvern is a small middle-class borough that is the home of the historic Revolutionary War Paoli Battlefield Site and the studio of Wharton Esherick, a Modernist artist active in the early-to-mid 20th century. Both are National Historic Landmarks

4. Phoenixville

With a population of around 17K, nearby Phoenixville is a bit larger and boasts a thriving downtown with numerous restaurants and pubs.

5. Mechanicsburg

Rounding out Pennsylvania’s top five best cities to live in is Mechanicsburg, which–despite its name–is not a large conglomeration of auto mechanic shops, but rather an idyllic middle-class borough just off the Appalachian Trail that is home to an arboretum and a speedway.

Best Cities to Live in Pennsylvania

RankCity
1West Chester
2Wayne
3Malvern
4Phoenixville
5Mechanicsburg
6Camp Hill
7Coraopolis
8Downingtown
9Havertown
10Cranberry Township
11Glenside
12Gibsonia
13Bethel Park
14State College
15North Wales
16Media
17Monroeville
18Erie
19Canonsburg
20Newtown
21Collegeville
22Lansdale
23Ambler
24Bellefonte
25Morrisville

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Methodology

We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).


 

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