These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Pennsylvania To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Pennsylvania, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Harrisburg would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Pennsylvania to find a job.

After analyzing all 23 plus places in Pennsylvania, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Keystone State:

  1. Phoenixville
  2. Plum
  3. Carlisle
  4. Lansdale
  5. Baldwin
  6. Harrisburg
  7. Lancaster
  8. Erie
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Mckeesport

So listen up Hazleton as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Keystone State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Pennsylvania. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 23 places in Pennsylvania to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 23, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Pennsylvania”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Phoenixville

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,430Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.44%
Future Job Growth: 39.10%

2. Plum

Plum, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,147Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 1.44%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

3. Carlisle

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,727Unemployment Rate: 3.90%
Recent Job Growth: 2.34%
Future Job Growth: 40.80%

4. Lansdale

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,278Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 1.44%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

5. Baldwin

Baldwin, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,723Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: 1.44%
Future Job Growth: 38.40%

6. Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,401Unemployment Rate: 6.50%
Recent Job Growth: 2.34%
Future Job Growth: 38.20%

7. Lancaster

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,205Unemployment Rate: 5.90%
Recent Job Growth: 1.72%
Future Job Growth: 37.50%

8. Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,454Unemployment Rate: 6.00%
Recent Job Growth: 1.86%
Future Job Growth: 37.70%

9. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 306,430Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.44%
Future Job Growth: 38.10%

10. Mckeesport


Population: 19,877 Unemployment Rate: 6.20%
Recent Job Growth: 1.45%
Future Job Growth: 36.70%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Pennsylvania For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Phoenixville 1 16,430 3.80% 1.44% 39.10%
Plum 2 27,147 4.30% 1.44% 38.60%
Carlisle 3 18,727 3.90% 2.34% 40.80%
Lansdale 4 16,278 4.30% 1.44% 38.60%
Baldwin 5 19,723 4.50% 1.44% 38.40%
Harrisburg 6 49,401 6.50% 2.34% 38.20%
Lancaster 7 59,205 5.90% 1.72% 37.50%
Erie 8 101,454 6.00% 1.86% 37.70%
Pittsburgh 9 306,430 4.80% 1.44% 38.10%
McKeesport 10 19,877 6.20% 1.45% 36.70%
Lebanon 11 25,495 7.20% 2.58% 38.00%
Altoona 12 46,434 5.30% 0.62% 35.90%
Bethlehem 13 75,016 6.30% 0.69% 35.10%
Hermitage 14 16,252 5.20% 0.74% 36.30%
Chambersburg 15 20,217 4.50% 0.09% 35.70%
Johnstown 16 20,976 6.90% 1.01% 35.10%
Philadelphia 17 1,525,811 6.80% 1.44% 36.10%
Easton 18 26,885 6.40% 0.69% 35.00%
Allentown 19 117,942 7.30% 0.69% 34.10%
Chester 20 34,127 8.90% 1.44% 34.00%
Reading 21 87,926 7.80% 0.70% 33.60%
Scranton 22 76,021 6.70% -0.05% 33.20%
Hazleton 23 25,166 10.80% -0.05% 29.10%

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