Best Places for Homeownership in Pennsylvania- Full Ranking

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Rank City Homeownership Rate Median Selected Monthly Homeowner Costs Median Monthly Household Income Homeowner Costs as % of Household Income Median Home Values 2012 Population 2010 Population 2010-2012 Population Growth
1 Mountain Top 88.6% $1,669 $6,314 26.4% $190,000 10,932 10,560 3.5%
2 Franklin Park 95.7% $2,311 $9,486 24.4% $290,700 13,462 12,985 3.7%
3 Jefferson Hills 83.4% $1,630 $6,605 24.7% $175,900 10,679 10,375 2.9%
4 Weigelstown 82.2% $1,412 $4,510 31.3% $149,100 13,191 12,917 2.1%
5 Murrysville 89.0% $1,722 $7,259 23.7% $208,000 20,075 19,847 1.1%
6 Plum 80.5% $1,464 $5,600 26.1% $137,200 27,147 26,849 1.1%
7 Baldwin 76.7% $1,247 $4,273 29.2% $110,800 19,723 19,622 0.5%
8 Hershey 54.3% $1,807 $4,575 39.5% $243,800 13,890 13,082 6.2%
9 Upper St. Clair 91.4% $2,010 $9,031 22.3% $246,800 19,233 19,188 0.2%
10 Bethel Park 80.5% $1,470 $5,681 25.9% $154,800 32,285 32,249 0.1%
11 South Park Township 79.3% $1,479 $5,464 27.1% $142,600 13,454 13,448 0.0%
12 Hermitage 71.6% $1,211 $4,196 28.9% $126,000 16,252 16,155 0.6%
13 West Mifflin 76.3% $1,101 $3,851 28.6% $86,600 20,335 20,497 (0.8%)
14 Levittown 86.9% $1,751 $5,523 31.7% $233,900 52,145 51,990 0.3%
15 Croydon 71.6% $1,564 $4,804 32.6% $208,400 10,269 10,102 1.7%
16 Whitehall 73.2% $1,356 $4,372 31.0% $135,800 13,932 13,921 0.1%
17 Horsham 73.5% $1,866 $5,401 34.5% $265,600 14,760 14,413 2.4%
18 Monroeville 66.7% $1,318 $5,005 26.3% $126,200 28,322 28,308 0.0%
19 Lower Burrell 77.8% $1,130 $4,032 28.0% $129,400 11,765 11,906 (1.2%)
20 St. Marys 77.9% $1,051 $4,035 26.0% $112,700 13,095 13,318 (1.7%)
21 Munhall 65.0% $1,011 $3,315 30.5% $77,600 11,405 11,456 (0.4%)
22 Allison Park 81.1% $1,737 $6,246 27.8% $196,700 22,098 22,293 (0.9%)
23 Altoona 66.8% $916 $2,953 31.0% $82,700 46,434 46,883 (1.0%)
24 Shiloh 78.0% $1,417 $5,187 27.3% $177,900 11,257 11,375 (1.0%)
25 Fernway 89.1% $1,580 $6,896 22.9% $199,300 11,979 12,280 (2.5%)
26 Montgomeryville 95.3% $2,101 $8,814 23.8% $320,700 12,905 13,071 (1.3%)
27 Columbia 60.9% $1,166 $3,229 36.1% $103,500 10,413 10,391 0.2%
28 Hazleton 52.4% $1,029 $2,608 39.5% $90,000 25,166 24,877 1.2%
29 Waynesboro 56.6% $1,227 $3,546 34.6% $157,500 10,568 10,438 1.2%
30 Ephrata 62.3% $1,361 $3,924 34.7% $152,200 13,426 13,384 0.3%
31 Yeadon 66.2% $1,523 $3,872 39.3% $149,200 11,477 11,476 0.0%
32 Philadelphia 54.1% $1,243 $3,085 40.3% $142,300 1,525,811 1,504,950 1.4%
33 Fullerton 48.4% $1,433 $4,277 33.5% $187,100 15,401 15,051 2.3%
34 Oil City 57.9% $833 $2,780 30.0% $47,700 10,541 10,707 (1.6%)
35 Lansdowne 65.9% $1,819 $5,532 32.9% $171,200 10,634 10,659 (0.2%)
36 Emmaus 65.4% $1,475 $4,701 31.4% $190,700 11,268 11,269 (0.0%)
37 Wyomissing 71.7% $1,906 $5,875 32.4% $213,800 10,489 10,528 (0.4%)
38 Erie 53.6% $976 $2,795 34.9% $83,600 101,454 101,635 (0.2%)
39 Colonial Park 49.2% $1,429 $4,202 34.0% $153,800 13,278 13,114 1.3%
40 Nanticoke 53.6% $1,108 $3,045 36.4% $86,400 10,459 10,492 (0.3%)
41 Pottstown 57.2% $1,456 $3,581 40.7% $138,300 22,388 22,302 0.4%
42 Phoenixville 58.0% $1,761 $5,161 34.1% $215,300 16,430 16,249 1.1%
43 Chambersburg 47.6% $1,159 $3,291 35.2% $156,500 20,217 19,924 1.5%
44 Darby 48.5% $1,114 $2,783 40.0% $85,900 10,648 10,601 0.4%
45 Pottsville 57.6% $1,043 $3,061 34.1% $75,800 14,315 14,518 (1.4%)
46 Hanover 56.4% $1,373 $3,749 36.6% $161,900 15,315 15,256 0.4%
47 New Kensington 59.9% $1,087 $3,118 34.9% $85,800 13,157 13,372 (1.6%)
48 Scranton 53.2% $1,218 $3,092 39.4% $108,300 76,021 76,065 (0.1%)
49 Carlisle 51.7% $1,466 $3,685 39.8% $170,200 18,727 18,516 1.1%
50 New Castle 62.6% $963 $2,506 38.4% $57,600 23,290 23,836 (2.3%)
51 Lebanon 45.2% $1,009 $2,725 37.0% $89,600 25,495 25,412 0.3%
52 Allentown 48.7% $1,333 $2,962 45.0% $140,300 117,942 116,398 1.3%
53 Bloomsburg 38.3% $1,119 $2,526 44.3% $120,300 14,608 14,299 2.2%
54 Reading 42.9% $978 $2,267 43.1% $68,500 87,926 87,404 0.6%
55 Kingston 52.4% $1,219 $3,709 32.9% $120,200 13,180 13,244 (0.5%)
56 King of Prussia 56.7% $1,933 $6,252 30.9% $305,800 20,129 19,735 2.0%
57 Lancaster 44.5% $1,110 $2,802 39.6% $102,600 59,205 58,819 0.7%
58 Dunmore 55.1% $1,370 $3,892 35.2% $157,700 14,081 14,092 (0.1%)
59 Pittsburgh 49.0% $1,122 $3,169 35.4% $88,500 306,430 308,003 (0.5%)
60 Wilkes-Barre 48.9% $1,031 $2,565 40.2% $79,400 41,463 41,595 (0.3%)
61 Bethlehem 53.3% $1,394 $3,838 36.3% $176,000 75,016 74,752 0.4%
62 Ardmore 63.6% $2,081 $5,737 36.3% $293,000 12,647 12,513 1.1%
63 Berwick 54.7% $1,162 $2,934 39.6% $95,100 10,476 10,581 (1.0%)
64 Lansdale 58.1% $1,629 $4,653 35.0% $225,100 16,278 16,211 0.4%
65 Carnot-Moon 54.5% $1,468 $4,774 30.7% $155,200 11,184 11,279 (0.8%)
66 York 42.3% $1,039 $2,521 41.2% $83,300 43,677 43,592 0.2%
67 Elizabethtown 51.7% $1,422 $4,204 33.8% $166,500 11,579 11,591 (0.1%)
68 Greensburg 51.6% $1,128 $3,424 32.9% $119,600 14,881 15,037 (1.0%)
69 Harrisburg 40.2% $1,079 $2,834 38.1% $87,200 49,401 49,332 0.1%
70 Norristown 42.0% $1,492 $3,564 41.9% $151,900 34,217 33,783 1.3%
71 McKeesport 52.7% $824 $2,217 37.2% $47,800 19,877 20,341 (2.3%)
72 Sharon 58.1% $982 $2,632 37.3% $62,700 14,060 14,456 (2.7%)
73 Easton 49.4% $1,416 $3,340 42.4% $136,300 26,885 26,902 (0.1%)
74 Coatesville 36.3% $1,415 $2,885 49.0% $138,200 13,029 12,774 2.0%
75 Johnstown 49.6% $785 $2,099 37.4% $44,100 20,976 21,448 (2.2%)
76 Williamsport 41.0% $1,109 $2,762 40.1% $98,600 29,441 29,508 (0.2%)
77 Meadville 44.0% $1,035 $2,525 41.0% $93,200 13,370 13,486 (0.9%)
78 Washington 43.6% $974 $2,801 34.8% $91,700 13,720 13,915 (1.4%)
79 Indiana 40.3% $1,071 $2,307 46.4% $102,000 14,026 14,064 (0.3%)
80 Willow Grove 67.1% $1,909 $5,918 32.3% $252,600 16,105 16,456 (2.1%)
81 Butler 44.5% $1,026 $2,583 39.7% $85,400 13,798 14,035 (1.7%)
82 Chester 38.5% $989 $2,296 43.1% $73,400 34,127 34,464 (1.0%)
83 Park Forest Village 50.8% $1,474 $4,029 36.6% $245,900 10,068 10,072 (0.0%)
84 Broomall 76.9% $2,050 $5,654 36.3% $323,700 11,006 11,256 (2.2%)
85 Drexel Hill 69.7% $1,914 $5,537 34.6% $206,400 27,657 28,659 (3.5%)
86 Uniontown 47.3% $1,013 $2,496 40.6% $72,300 10,424 10,727 (2.8%)
87 Wilkinsburg 36.6% $1,089 $2,755 39.5% $67,700 16,026 16,348 (2.0%)
88 West Chester 37.6% $1,739 $3,756 46.3% $294,800 18,656 18,530 0.7%
89 State College 19.1% $1,775 $2,009 88.4% $259,100 42,008 41,876 0.3%

Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from each of these measures:

1. Homeownership rate made up 33.3% of the total score. A higher rate earned a higher score. The rate comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

2. Selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of median household income made up 16.7% of the total score. A lower percentage earned a higher score. Monthly homeowner costs as a percentage of median household income made up one-half of the affordability score. Median household income comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 03. The figure for monthly homeowner costs comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

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3. Median home value made up 16.7% of the total score. A lower value earned a higher score. Median home value made up one-half of the affordability score. Median home value comes from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 04.

4. Population change from 2010 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. A higher percent change earned a higher score. The 2010 population comes from the 2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 05. The 2012 population data comes from the 2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for all places in the state, Table DP 05. NerdWallet calculated the percent change.

Only places with 10,000 or more residents were included in the study.

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