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Pennsylvania : What you need to know

Living in Pennsylvania puts outdoor lovers near trout-filled streams, scenic hikes and cross-country skiing trails. While Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offer urban environments loaded with entertainment options, much of Pennsylvania is made of up small towns and dense forest areas. The best places to live in Pennsylvania include Pittsburgh, West Chester , Stroudsburg and Bethlehem. Steel production, train manufacturing, banking and agriculture drive the economy in Pennsylvania.

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Quick Facts about PA

Population 12,779,559
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $53,599
Median Home Price $166,000
Median Property Tax $1,425
Median Rent $69

Employment Rate in PA

  Employed 94.3%
  Unemployed 5.7%

Race in PA

  Ethnicity White 81.6%
  Ethnicity Black 11%
  Ethnicity Asian 3.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 6.4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Other 2%

Employment Rate in PA

  Employed 94.3%
  Unemployed 5.7%

Educational Levels in PA

  Bachelor's Degree 17.4%
  Associate's Degree 7.9%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 11.2%
  High School Graduate 36.4%
  Some College, No Degree 16.3%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 28.6%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 89.2%

Industry in PA

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.5%
Construction 5.7%
Manufacturing 12.2%
Wholesale Trade 2.8%
Retail Trade 11.7%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.1%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.4%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.9%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 25.9%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.4%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.7%
Public Administration 4.1%

Housing in PA

  Homes Rent 69.2%
  Homes Owned 30.8%

Pennsylvania Rankings

Best places to Live in Pennsylvania

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Philadelphia 1,555,072 $145,300 $38,253
Pittsburgh 305,928 $94,700 $40,715
Allentown 119,261 $126,900 $36,930
Erie 100,678 $85,900 $34,253
Reading 88,057 $67,600 $26,784
Scranton 76,064 $103,700 $37,218
Bethlehem 75,004 $170,500 $47,291
Lancaster 59,344 $109,100 $35,313
Levit 51,805 $223,700 $69,878
Harrisburg 49,232 $84,400 $33,289
Altoona 45,814 $85,400 $36,215
York 43,853 $78,800 $29,025
State College 42,129 $277,100 $29,450
Wilkes-Barre 41,108 $77,700 $30,945
Norristown 34,500 $153,200 $41,856
Chester 34,016 $67,900 $27,365
Bethel Park municipality 32,322 $162,300 $70,264
Williamsport 29,339 $101,900 $35,826
Monroeville 28,346 $132,400 $58,778
Drexel Hill 27,999 $186,700 $63,642