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Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

More than just the home of the City of Brotherly Love, Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State and contains national forests. Check out the best cities to live in Pennsylvania.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Harrisburg, PA

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

The great outdoors are easily accessible in Harrisburg: Pennsylvania's capital. Bikers and runners take in the scenery of the Susqueh… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value

Lancaster, PA

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers a balance between natural and commercial spaces that residents appreciate. Expansive farms rub elbows… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 Value

Pittsburgh, PA

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Known by nicknames like Blitzburgh and Steel City, Pittsburgh is on the verge of greater heights. Emerging from a dying steel industr… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 8.2 Value

Reading, PA

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania's history is steeped in innovation. The metro area is home to the real-life Reading Railroad from the Monopoly … more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 Value

York, PA

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania, may not have a towering skyline, but when it comes to historical punching power, this small metro area (dubbed th… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.9 Value

Allentown, PA

badge #6 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

A quiet architectural renaissance has blossomed in Pennsylvania's third-largest metro area. Much of Allentown's charm comes from its … more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value

Scranton, PA

badge #7 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Scranton may be the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, but the close-knit neighborhoods that surround the vibrant downt… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.1 Value

Philadelphia, PA

badge #8 in Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia offers a unique setting for an eclectic mix of modern lifestyles, mingling both the edgy and the sophisticated. History … more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 5.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Value