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Best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania

  • Best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania
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    Best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in Pennsylvania? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in Pennsylvania.

    ALSO: Best commutes in Pennsylvania

  • #25. Aspinwall—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #25. Aspinwall—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 2,773
    Median home value: $258,500
    Median rent: $891
    Median household income: $66,108
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #24. Chadds Ford Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #24. Chadds Ford Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 3,715
    Median home value: $478,200
    Median rent: $1,645
    Median household income: $120,917
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #23. West Pikeland Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #23. West Pikeland Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 4,070
    Median home value: $486,400
    Median rent: $1,700
    Median household income: $137,500
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #22. Charlestown Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #22. Charlestown Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 5,654
    Median home value: $407,100
    Median rent: $2,146
    Median household income: $133,594
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #21. Houserville—town in Pennsylvania
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    #21. Houserville—town in Pennsylvania

    Population: 1,991
    Median home value: $203,000
    Median rent: $1,105
    Median household income: $75,952
    Percentage of households with children: 14%

  • #20. Boalsburg—town in Pennsylvania
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    #20. Boalsburg—town in Pennsylvania

    Population: 4,331
    Median home value: $245,100
    Median rent: $1,047
    Median household income: $98,143
    Percentage of households with children: 17%

  • #19. Fox Chapel—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #19. Fox Chapel—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 5,392
    Median home value: $548,600
    Median rent: N/A
    Median household income: $148,553
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #18. Edgeworth—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #18. Edgeworth—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 1,639
    Median home value: $506,200
    Median rent: $1,045
    Median household income: $154,545
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #17. O'Hara Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #17. O'Hara Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 8,529
    Median home value: $220,000
    Median rent: $1,095
    Median household income: $87,917
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #16. Blue Bell—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #16. Blue Bell—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 6,403
    Median home value: $426,700
    Median rent: $1,373
    Median household income: $130,164
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #15. Upper St. Clair—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #15. Upper St. Clair—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 19,521
    Median home value: $267,500
    Median rent: $2,000
    Median household income: $110,417
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #14. Lemont—town in Pennsylvania
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    #14. Lemont—town in Pennsylvania

    Population: 2,144
    Median home value: $229,000
    Median rent: $820
    Median household income: $89,167
    Percentage of households with children: 15%

  • #13. Upper Uwchlan Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #13. Upper Uwchlan Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 11,500
    Median home value: $419,700
    Median rent: $1,223
    Median household income: $154,233
    Percentage of households with children: 26%

  • #12. Marshall Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #12. Marshall Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 7,914
    Median home value: $311,100
    Median rent: $1,632
    Median household income: $114,917
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #11. Swarthmore—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #11. Swarthmore—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 6,218
    Median home value: $377,900
    Median rent: $1,048
    Median household income: $92,292
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #10. Ardmore—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #10. Ardmore—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 12,592
    Median home value: $309,600
    Median rent: $1,267
    Median household income: $80,625
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #9. Narberth—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #9. Narberth—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 4,305
    Median home value: $423,900
    Median rent: $1,328
    Median household income: $93,382
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #8. Birmingham Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #8. Birmingham Township—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 4,249
    Median home value: $564,400
    Median rent: $887
    Median household income: $169,611
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #7. Bradford Woods—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #7. Bradford Woods—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 1,230
    Median home value: $288,300
    Median rent: $235
    Median household income: $103,750
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #6. Berwyn—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #6. Berwyn—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 3,228
    Median home value: $426,800
    Median rent: $578
    Median household income: $92,230
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #5. Mount Lebanon Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #5. Mount Lebanon Township—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 32,865
    Median home value: $235,200
    Median rent: $854
    Median household income: $86,422
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #4. Devon—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #4. Devon—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 1,880
    Median home value: $542,300
    Median rent: N/A
    Median household income: $156,012
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #3. Penn Wynne—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #3. Penn Wynne—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 5,535
    Median home value: $359,500
    Median rent: $1,523
    Median household income: $111,319
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #2. Franklin Park—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #2. Franklin Park—suburb of Pittsburgh, PA

    Population: 14,228
    Median home value: $312,200
    Median rent: $1,296
    Median household income: $121,661
    Percentage of households with children: 23%

  • #1. Chesterbrook—suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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    #1. Chesterbrook—suburb of Philadelphia, PA

    Population: 4,693
    Median home value: $312,600
    Median rent: $1,991
    Median household income: $113,966
    Percentage of households with children: 17%

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