These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2018


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

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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 698 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:

  1. Shippingport
  2. Commodore
  3. Benson
  4. Marianna
  5. Briar Creek
  6. Ulysses
  7. Crucible
  8. Centerville Borough (Crawford County)
  9. Timblin
  10. Crown

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 698 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.

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1. Shippingport


Population: 153
Median Income: $27,143
Median Home Value: $81,700

2. Commodore


Population: 358
Median Income: $23,239
Median Home Value: $59,200

3. Benson


Population: 170
Median Income: $38,958
Median Home Value: $56,100

4. Marianna


Population: 482
Median Income: $30,972
Median Home Value: $42,800

5. Briar Creek


Population: 750
Median Income: $21,453
Median Home Value: $81,100

6. Ulysses


Population: 690
Median Income: $23,920
Median Home Value: $84,300

7. Crucible


Population: 820
Median Income: $29,722
Median Home Value: $84,700

8. Centerville Borough (Crawford County)

Source: Public Domain

Population: 177
Median Income: $33,750
Median Home Value: $73,500

9. Timblin


Population: 217
Median Income: $36,000
Median Home Value: $60,000

10. Crown


Population: 193
Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $162,500

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. Best: Ben Avon Heights
  2. 2nd Best: Thornburg
  3. 3rd Best: Rennerdale

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania
  • These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Pennsylvania
  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Pennsylvania
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Shippingport 1 153 $81,700
    Commodore 2 358 $59,200
    Benson 3 170 $56,100
    Marianna 4 482 $42,800
    Briar Creek 5 750 $81,100
    Ulysses 6 690 $84,300
    Crucible 7 820 $84,700
    Centerville Borough (Crawford County) 8 177 $73,500
    Timblin 9 217 $60,000
    Crown 10 193 $162,500
    Bigler 11 400 $69,000
    Lemont Furnace 12 809 $76,200
    Woodward 13 134 $93,300
    Weissport 14 334 $76,400
    Eau Claire 15 338 $87,200
    Newton Hamilton 16 148 $47,900
    Burnside 17 201 $70,600
    Polk 18 762 $59,300
    Stevens 19 512 $152,000
    Reedsville 20 620 $79,200
    Vintondale 21 375 $50,000
    Shinglehouse 22 904 $85,600
    Glen Campbell 23 224 $69,400
    Shickshinny 24 715 $69,300
    James City 25 267 $61,000
    Confluence 26 708 $79,000
    Rossiter 27 622 $65,400
    Cedar Crest 28 374 $54,300
    Gilberton 29 866 $32,600
    Templeton 30 287 $58,900
    Clarendon 31 460 $55,600
    Allenport 32 673 $72,700
    Shirleysburg 33 103 $65,000
    New Lebanon 34 213 $81,700
    Port Trevorton 35 729 $94,800
    Mount Jewett 36 967 $56,500
    Springboro 37 402 $82,600
    East Side 38 259 $86,300
    Liberty Borough (Tioga County) 39 231 $83,100
    Heidlersburg 40 755 $57,600
    West Decatur 41 430 $67,700
    Grindstone 42 385 $71,300
    Herndon 43 378 $86,800
    Bear Lake 44 136 $66,700
    East Freedom 45 934 $122,800
    Canadohta Lake 46 518 $83,000
    Eastvale 47 261 $51,400
    Karns City 48 192 $93,200
    Branchdale 49 455 $65,600
    Pymatuning North 50 271 $81,800
    Tioga 51 700 $45,000
    Seward 52 387 $69,400
    Washingtonville 53 245 $90,000
    Granville 54 389 $65,900
    Salladasburg 55 258 $100,000
    Garrett 56 391 $68,800
    Hawk Run 57 614 $62,400
    York Haven 58 645 $88,000
    Petrolia 59 199 $57,500
    Allensville 60 478 $125,600
    Dicksonville 61 579 $48,900
    Lake Arthur Estates 62 606 $19,000
    North Vandergrift 63 451 $40,300
    Cassville 64 116 $95,000
    Kistler 65 343 $60,000
    Hop Bottom 66 266 $91,300
    Stony Creek Mills 67 783 $110,200
    Scalp Level 68 756 $50,000
    Coalport 69 461 $75,800
    Hawthorn 70 416 $78,500
    Plumville 71 311 $65,000
    Laurel Run 72 500 $83,500
    Rouseville 73 588 $50,000
    Jacksonville Cdp (Indiana County) 74 621 $66,700
    Millsboro 75 678 $66,800
    South Fork 76 995 $50,400
    Austin 77 516 $59,500
    Iola 78 206 $88,300
    Rowes Run 79 520 $80,700
    Irvona 80 654 $60,200
    Fort Loudon 81 962 $156,200
    Franklin 82 243 $35,900
    Mill Creek 83 356 $76,200
    Oneida 84 156 $42,000
    Glasgow 85 104 $37,500
    Arona 86 383 $82,300
    Ursina 87 271 $81,200
    Pocono Ranch Lands 88 909 $126,300
    East Brady 89 986 $86,700
    Ehrenfeld 90 207 $62,800
    New Albany 91 291 $95,800
    Aaronsburg Cdp (Washington County) 92 263 $59,800
    Westover 93 378 $65,500
    Roulette 94 717 $67,300
    Mather 95 506 $57,900
    Hereford 96 839 $28,300
    Dunlevy 97 389 $81,100
    Blandburg 98 404 $58,600
    Pillow 99 270 $109,700
    Rimersburg 100 865 $78,900

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    13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Pennsylvania For 2018

    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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