These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania To Raise A Family

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in Pennsylvania that cost a pretty penny to raise a family.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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I used to hate it back in high school when lunch would cost me literally 2 hours of work at my summer job. That’s partly because I lived in an expensive suburb of New York City where the cost of living is significantly higher than most of the country.

And much like my home town, these places in Pennsylvania cost more than the average place in the Keystone State. And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family.

That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places that will eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — places like my hometown scattered around Pennsylvania. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.

These are the places in Pennsylvania where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Pennsylvania isn’t all that expensive.

After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Keystone State:

  1. Bethlehem
  2. Dunmore
  3. Easton
  4. Lansdale
  5. Phoenixville
  6. West Chester
  7. Emmaus
  8. Lansdowne
  9. Norristown
  10. Yeadon

Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.

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How we determined the least affordable places to live in the Keystone State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Pennsylvania to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States. And lucky for us, Sperling’s Best Places has such an index for us.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank the largest 50 cities in Pennsylvania.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 120 means it’s 20% more expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Bethlehem

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,016

2. Dunmore

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,081

3. Easton

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,885

4. Lansdale

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,278

5. Phoenixville

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,430

6. West Chester

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,656

6. Emmaus

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,268

8. Lansdowne

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,634

9. Norristown

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,217

10. Yeadon

Most Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,477

Full Table Of Expensive Places In Pennsylvania

City Population Expensive Score Rank
Bethlehem 75,016 40.17 1
Dunmore 14,081 41.17 2
Easton 26,885 42.33 3
Lansdale 16,278 42.67 4
Phoenixville 16,430 42.83 5
West Chester 18,656 43.17 6
Emmaus 11,268 43.17 6
Lansdowne 10,634 43.5 8
Norristown 34,217 43.67 9
Yeadon 11,477 44.33 10
Philadelphia 1,525,811 45 11
Coatesville 13,029 45.17 12
Allentown 117,942 45.33 13
Pottstown 22,388 45.67 14
Whitehall 13,932 46 15
Wilkes-Barre 41,463 46.17 16
Darby 10,648 46.67 17
Kingston 13,180 48.5 18
State College 42,008 48.67 19
Chester 34,127 49 20
Scranton 76,021 49.17 21
Williamsport 29,441 49.5 22
Reading 87,926 50.33 23
Indiana 14,026 53.17 24
Franklin Park 13,462 53.17 24
Elizabethtown 11,579 53.5 26
Hanover 15,315 53.83 27
Chambersburg 20,217 54 28
Murrysville 20,075 54 28
Ephrata 13,426 54.67 30
Bethel Park 32,285 55 31
Altoona 46,434 55.67 32
Johnstown 20,976 56.5 33
Monroeville 28,322 56.67 34
Lancaster 59,205 56.83 35
Lower Burrell 11,765 57.17 36
Lebanon 25,495 57.5 37
Hazleton 25,166 57.5 37
York 43,677 57.83 39
Greensburg 14,881 57.83 39
Pittsburgh 306,430 58.5 41
Hermitage 16,252 58.67 42
Pottsville 14,315 59.5 43
New Kensington 13,157 59.67 44
West Mifflin 20,335 60 45
Munhall 11,405 60 45
Meadville 13,370 60.83 47
Erie 101,454 61 48
Mckeesport 19,877 61.17 49
New Castle 23,290 62.33 50

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