These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in PA are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Pennsylvania.

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Most Americans have never been to Pennsylvania. However, as the people who live there know, Pennsylvania is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Pennsylvania has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Keystone State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 634 of Pennsylvania’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Pennsylvania where you’d never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Pennsylvania for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Renovo is the worst small town to live in Pennsylvania.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Pennsylvania has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Pennsylvania or the worst places to live in Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Pennsylvania, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Pennsylvania for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 634 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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Population: 1,224
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $42,900 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.7% (26th worst)
More on Renovo:  Data

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Population: 1,048
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $85,300 (122nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.5% (3rd worst)
More on Shinglehouse:  Data

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Population: 1,825
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $77,300 (87th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (102nd worst)
More on Black Lick:  Data

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Population: 1,330
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $82,500 (114th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (43rd worst)
More on Westfield:  Data

Shenandoah, PA

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Population: 4,886
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $29,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.3% (4th worst)
More on Shenandoah:  Data | Photos

Midland, PA

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Population: 2,561
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $66,200 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (230th worst)
More on Midland:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,619
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $81,500 (108th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (24th worst)
More on Susquehanna Depot:  Data

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Population: 1,169
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $76,900 (84th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.8% (5th worst)
More on Hyde:  Data

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Population: 1,019
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $51,100 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (51st worst)
More on New Philadelphia:  Data

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Population: 1,333
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $63,700 (38th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (56th worst)
More on Marshallton:  Data

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Keystone State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Pennsylvania, according to science:

  1. Chesterbrook (Pop. 4,675)
  2. Narberth (Pop. 4,330)
  3. Seven Fields (Pop. 2,829)

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Renovo 1,224 13.7% $42,900
2 Shinglehouse 1,048 21.5% $85,300
3 Black Lick 1,825 9.6% $77,300
4 Westfield 1,330 12.4% $82,500
5 Shenandoah 4,886 21.3% $29,500
6 Midland 2,561 6.8% $66,200
7 Susquehanna Depot 1,619 13.8% $81,500
8 Hyde 1,169 20.8% $76,900
9 New Philadelphia 1,019 11.9% $51,100
10 Marshallton 1,333 11.5% $63,700
11 Coaldale Borough (Schuylkill County) 2,208 10.0% $48,800
12 Marcus Hook 2,251 14.4% $78,300
13 Farrell 4,786 10.4% $59,400
14 Girardville 1,465 14.3% $29,900
15 Ashland 2,731 18.9% $51,700
16 Braddock 1,770 13.3% $26,700
17 Boswell 1,349 18.8% $72,800
18 Edgewood 2,399 14.7% $61,600
19 Bentleyville 2,528 10.1% $111,200
20 Galeton 1,194 7.3% $81,300
21 Belle Vernon 1,171 15.9% $81,600
22 Apollo 1,451 13.5% $63,000
23 Brownsville 2,181 12.1% $58,200
24 East Uniontown 2,757 8.6% $82,900
25 St. Clair 2,899 13.3% $65,000
26 Curwensville 2,460 13.8% $76,500
27 West Hazleton 4,523 6.9% $70,200
28 Mahanoy City 4,036 10.7% $28,000
29 Orchard Hills 2,499 8.0% $88,500
30 Lansford 3,819 11.2% $49,200
31 Mount Oliver 3,364 19.0% $58,100
32 Elkland 1,916 9.0% $78,100
33 Rankin 2,195 12.1% $45,100
34 Donora 4,650 12.8% $57,000
35 Forest City 2,255 14.5% $95,100
36 Dale 1,070 14.7% $33,900
37 Mount Union 2,490 13.5% $74,200
38 Oakland Cdp (Lawrence County) 1,626 12.0% $81,400
39 Hawley 1,341 13.3% $125,900
40 Saw Creek 3,771 11.1% $128,500
41 Windsor 1,222 8.4% $104,200
42 Reynoldsville 2,707 9.6% $67,600
43 South Connellsville 1,857 7.8% $77,600
44 North Braddock 4,794 11.4% $38,100
45 Clymer 1,255 9.2% $67,100
46 Eddystone 2,632 9.7% $90,000
47 Glassport 4,435 8.8% $60,500
48 Mcadoo 2,342 13.4% $76,800
49 Minersville 4,242 14.7% $56,300
50 Homestead 3,153 6.9% $42,600
51 Millbourne 1,253 15.7% $143,000
52 Fairchance 2,007 10.2% $89,400
53 Pymatuning Central 2,312 7.0% $94,700
54 Central City 1,048 9.0% $62,800
55 Kittanning 3,863 10.7% $61,000
56 Tarentum 4,480 10.8% $54,300
57 Nescopeck 1,532 7.7% $100,700
58 East Conemaugh 1,088 6.8% $39,200
59 Trainer 1,707 11.4% $103,500
60 Hallstead 1,217 5.7% $92,400
61 Sykesville 1,017 5.5% $66,600
62 Fayetteville 3,179 9.9% $144,900
63 Blossburg 1,654 5.9% $115,700
64 Glen Lyon 1,748 12.1% $74,600
65 Northern Cambria 3,647 8.0% $62,900
66 Avonmore 1,083 8.7% $72,600
67 Jim Thorpe 4,650 12.4% $143,800
68 Loretto 1,203 9.4% $118,800
69 Versailles 1,688 11.0% $63,900
70 New Beaver 1,450 4.3% $87,800
71 Patton 1,713 8.4% $71,500
72 Birchwood Lakes 1,088 13.8% $135,200
73 Sharpsburg 3,414 13.3% $77,400
74 Coudersport 2,626 4.7% $84,000
75 Tremont 1,790 12.4% $71,000
76 East Bangor 1,033 10.9% $157,400
77 Wilmerding 1,996 22.6% $53,900
78 Charleroi 4,004 10.5% $39,700
79 Freedom 1,616 7.1% $70,000
80 Union City 3,238 7.1% $78,800
81 Trevorton 1,623 5.3% $77,100
82 Honesdale 4,294 6.8% $121,000
83 Mcclure 1,127 6.3% $93,800
84 Lykens 1,726 3.8% $76,800
85 East Pittsburgh 1,737 6.7% $44,100
86 Everett 1,923 4.6% $87,200
87 Dunbar 1,210 3.3% $67,500
88 Canton 1,831 9.5% $113,500
89 Luzerne 2,822 8.8% $90,500
90 Middleburg 1,480 8.8% $122,200
91 Arnold 4,980 11.1% $59,400
92 Edwardsville 4,734 16.0% $81,400
93 Greenwood 2,180 4.3% $87,600
94 Oliver 2,801 6.6% $68,400
95 Johnsonburg 2,423 6.2% $48,900
96 Elizabeth 1,407 7.7% $78,500
97 Halifax 1,008 10.9% $112,000
98 Gold Key Lake 1,611 11.5% $120,000
99 West Fairview 1,251 8.9% $106,400
100 Colwyn 2,554 10.5% $88,500

13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2019

  1. This dude’s obviously retarded. I wonder if you decided that mathematical statistics was a great factor to use when having such a small place like Alba. I lived there and after living across the nation, I’d go back. Guess it’s just a small town feeling that people like this garbage-ass blogger will never understand.

  2. I live near springboro and this article is spot on. Except for many of the people do have jobs, only it’s illegal and called meth labs.

  3. I like Knoxville, where my Mom was born & raised, she grew up there. Also had lots of other family that lived there too. She liked growing up there. But as time went on, family moved away or passed away. Now my Mom’s buried there, same Cemetery with her family that already passed, also friends.

  4. Seriously if you knew that Allenport is actually part of several other areas out there, that are worth living in. I live in Charleroi, PA, which is 4.2 miles from Allenport, then you haven’t been in the Mid Mon Valley, and don’t know jack about this area. Get your facts straight

  5. Scranton PA ,,,,, Born and raised there ,,,, 1940 thru 1999 ,,, moved in 99 have been back just a few weeks ago ,, would never move back there …. It should be listed as the worst city to live in !!! It is so RUN DOWN ,,, The streets ,,, the homes ,, it is a MESS !!!!!!

  6. Marianna is not 45 minutes from Washington. 20 to 25 depending on where your going. Lived in Marianna for 17 years. My family is still there. And Washington isn’t the closest town, Waynesburg is only 15 minutes.
    If he got that wrong, what else did he get wrong?

  7. This blogger has a stick up his ass for small towns. Blogger probably looked at a bunch of statistics and thought he/she should just shit all over these places because why not. My point here is blogger is an asshole.

  8. Christ, I have to drive through Westover every day, that’s bad enough, I couldn’t imagine living there, maybe if I had a hot cousin or something tho….

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