Best & Beautiful Places where you visit & Live in Pennsylvania, Top Attractive spots & Location for vacation & Live in Pennsylvania, Charming cities for travelling in Pennsylvania, Lovely & Amazing Pennsylvanias Wallpapers HD Pictures & Images, One of the United States 13 original colonies, Pennsylvania is big, very big, and is home to the two major cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia. Away from the alluring bright lights of the big cities, Pennsylvania has much to offer individuals and families looking for a safe haven to call their own. Using statistics on a number of factors such as crime rate, high school graduation rate and cost of living as well as those harder to quantify things that make a place unique we’ve collated a list of Pennsylvania place for enjoy.
Penn Wynne regularly comes up trumps in liveability polls and is widely considered to be one of the most desirable places to live in Pennsylvania. A small town of around 6,000 people and officially recognized as a CDP (census-designated place), Penn Wynne is not technically a town as it does not have its own municipal government. Whatever it is, Penn Wynne is a great place to live and raise a family. Essentially one big suburb, Penn Wynne is primarily made up of residential streets and has a large Orthodox Jewish population. The people of Penn Wynne are known to actively promote a green lifestyle and work to conserve the natural assets of the area. Crime is virtually non-existent in Penn Wynne where the crime rate is 72 percent lower than the state average. Penn Wynne also scores highly on education for its stellar school system that sees 13% more of its kids graduate high school than across the rest of Pennsylvania.
Another CDP with a population similar to that of Penn Wynne, Oreland is located on the northern side of Philadelphia, close to Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy. Part of Springfield Township, Oreland is infused with history. Lime mining has been carried out in Oreland since the 17th century and George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War are located nearby. Oreland is rated as an ‘exceptionally liveable’ place by AreaVibes and it’s easy to see why. Crime rates in Oreland are almost 70 percent lower than the state average and the high school graduation rate is 10 percent higher. The amenities in the area are so-so, it really depends what you’re used to, but the public transport links are good and it’s only about 40 minutes to the big city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. The cost of living in Oreland is reasonable for a place that scores so highly on all other liveability markers, just 24 percent higher than the state average.
Wyndmoor is another cute little suburb of under 6,000 people located in Springfield Township, Montgomery County and is ranked as the 21st most desirable place to live in Pennsylvania by AreaVibes. There are a number of great amenities in Wyndmoor for such a small town including a large golf and country club and a number of restaurants but sadly, no library. The crime rate in Wyndmoor is very low indeed with an average crime rate that is 69 percent lower than the Pennsylvanian state average. The schools are known to be good in the area with a high school graduation rate 11 percent higher than average and house prices, although steep at 80 percent higher than the state average, are certainly not the highest in the state. Wyndmoor has a number of historic points of interest including the Stotesbury Club House and John Welsh House and is well known for its admirable volunteer firefighters, the Wyndmoor Hose Company No.1, established in 1906.
Rated as the 9th best place to live in the whole of the huge state of Pennsylvania, Narberth is small borough, just a half-square-mile in size, located in the Lower Merion Township. So tiny is Narbeth that most of its few thousands residents know each other by name and the little borough is an incredibly desirable place to bring up children. Narbeth has its own government and its own police force which is doing a great job of keeping the crime rate low, 82 percent lower than the rest of the state. The Lower Merion schools are exemplary and high school graduation rates are 15 percent higher than the rest of the state. After school activities are plentiful with a huge park that hosts a number of sports leagues, a creative handcraft studio open to all and a retro movie house in town. All this comes at a price though and the cost of living in Narbeth is a startling 39 percent higher than the rest of Pennsylvania.
Broomall is located just outside of Philadelphia in the township of Marple in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and is home to over 10,000 people. This community may not offer all of the same impressive after-school activities as somewhere like the wealthy Narbeth but in its own way it is a highly desirable place to live and is designated as ‘exceptionally liveable’ by AreaVibes. The crime rate in Broomall gets an A+ for being 64 percent lower than the Pennsylvania average and high school graduation is slightly above average with a little wiggle room for improvement. What really draws people to settle in Broomall is its great amenities that include a number of entertainment venues and restaurants, great public transport links and proximity to some of the best natural environments Delaware County has to offer. Ridley Creek State Park with its 2,606 acres of woodland and meadows is just on the doorstep for those lucky enough to call Broomall home.
Willow Grove is a good all-rounder located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with a population of around 15,000 people. Willow Grove’s history is long and colorful. Established by William Penn in the early 18th century, Willow Grove quickly became a vacation spot for Philadephians, thanks to local railroad and trolley expansion. Willow Grove Park, a popular amusement park, sprung up in the late 19th century and was in use until the 1970s. Willow Grove was also once the ‘Music Capital of America’, packed with orchestras and bands making a living entertaining locals and tourists. Nowadays, Willow Grove is known for having a wonderful local school district, low crime rates – 43 percent lower than the Pennsylvania average – and a low unemployment rate. The weather is a slight let down an average of 73 degrees F in the summer but the cost of living is reasonable at just 20 percent higher than the state average.
Nicknamed the ‘sweetest place on earth’, Hershey is also known as Chocolate Town as the nation’s favorite chocolate brand, Hershey’s, is manufactured here. Candy store and visitor attraction, Hershey’s Chocolate World brings in tourists from all over the US but Hershey is more than just a tourist town. The Hershey community is proud of their wonderful school system. Hershey High School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its excellence in 1996 and currently has a high school graduation rate that is 10 percent higher than the Pennsylvania state average. The employment rate in Hershey could do with a little rejuvenating but the cost of living is low, only slightly above state average meaning you can get a lot more for your buck. The amenities in Hershey are great with tons of entertainment venues located right in the center of town. Around 15 miles from Harrisburg in Derry Township, Hershey is almost two hours from Philadelphia.
King of Prussia
With a name like the King of Prussia, you’re bound to expect a lot from this little town. Technically another CDP, King of Prussia is located in Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and is considered one of Philadelphia’s edge cities. King of Prussia’s stats are impressive. The crime rate is exceedingly low at just 64 percent of the Pennsylvania average and the high school graduation rate is 11 percent higher than the rest of the state. Housing prices are high but not sky-high at 86 percent higher than the state average and the cost of living is just 26 percent above the rest of the state. King of Prussia took its name from a tavern once located in the area but is now known for the King of Prussia Mall, the largest mall in the country by square foot. Rated by AreaVibes, King of Prussia is the 30th most desirable place to live in Pennsylvania.
Just seven miles south west of Pittsburg, Bethel Park is designated an ‘exceptionally liveable’ place and is ranked as the 11th best place to live in Pennsylvania by AreaVibes. The crime rate in Bethel Park is very low, 60 percent lower than the Pennsylvania average and the high school graduation rate is high with 11 percent more kids graduating high school in Bethel Park than the rest of the state. Refreshingly for a place with so many great amenities, little crime and good schools, the cost of living in Bethel Park is only slightly above average, making it the cheapest place to live on this list. House values are slightly lower than the state average but average household earnings are 30 percent higher meaning its residents should have plenty of spare cash to splash on the many family activities available. Bethel Park has 13 community parks, a lovely enclosed mall and is said to be one of the best places in Pennsylvania to raise a family.
At first glance Swarthmore seems rather unassuming, just another borough on the commuter belt to Philadelphia but one look at the stats and you can see why Swarthmore is the second more desirable place to live in Pennsylvania. Located in a borough of Delaware County, Swarthmore was founded in the late 19th century. Crime is extremely low in Swarthmore where the crime rate is a whopping 72 percent lower than the Pennsylvania average. High school graduation rates are 16 percent higher than the state average, a huge figure, and average household income for Swarthmore residents is over 100 percent higher than the average for those living in the rest of Pennsylvania. Tons of great amenities in the area including the beautiful Swarthmore Public Library make this borough an incredibly desirable place to live, a fact that has pushed the cost of living up to almost 40 percent more than the state average.
How could we neglect to include a place with a name like Pleasant Hills? Located in Allegheny County, Pleasant Hills is a suburb of Pittsburgh and has a population of around 8,000 people. Thanks to the efforts of the West Jefferson school district, Pleasant Hills is known to have a first-rate education system with all of the schools achieving impressive results and a high school graduation rate that is 11 percent higher than the state average. Crime is low in Pleasant Hills, almost 40 percent lower than the Pennsylvania state average and the town has a number of great amenities to keep its citizens nourished, informed and entertained. Surprisingly all of these great qualities are yet to drive Pleasant Hills’ cost of living through the roof. Average home values are slightly lower than the Pennsylvanian average while median income is around 20 percent higher making Pleasant Hills a very affordable place to be.