Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania

Rich in American history, Pennsylvania is also popular for its abundant natural scenery, including the beautiful driving routes through the Poconos; diverse culture and creative arts; great food (who can turn down a real Philly cheesesteak!) and a surprising affordability. Though it’s home to over 20 Fortune 500 companies, it has also become a landing place for tech startups and entrepreneurs.

Choosing the best place to live in Pennsylvania really evolves around your desire for charming small towns, rural living or the excitement and energy of thriving major metropolitan areas. To help you decide, here are some of the top 8 best places to live based on US News and World Report.

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Frequently asked questions

One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania is known for Gettysburg, the Liberty Bell, Dutch/Amish Country, the Rolling Hills of the Poconos, Outdoor beauty of numerous Lakes & State Parks plus, without question, the Philly Cheesesteak!

Ranked as the 5th most populous state in the United States, Pennsylvania’s estimated 2022 population is 12.91 Million.

Historic sites like the Gettysburg National Military Park is fun and educational for the whole family. Hershey Gardens & Butterfly House along with the many lakes and state parks make for great nature focused excursions. The Amish community offers an education, natural beauty & a great place to do some shopping! You can spend a full day exploring the shops and diversity of the Lancaster Central Market.