These Are The 10 Most Boring Places in Pennsylvania


We used data and science to identify which places in Pennsylvania are total snoozefests.

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There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in Pennsylvania that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in PA are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Pennsylvania’s borders. You know the places: the ones where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like Fox Chapel, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of Pennsylvania. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of Fox Chapel. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in Pennsylvania as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement:

  1. Fox Chapel
  2. Murrysville
  3. Hermitage
  4. Economy
  5. Sugarcreek
  6. Plum
  7. Archbald
  8. Pleasant Hills
  9. St. Marys
  10. Jefferson Hills

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

By the way, where are the most exciting places in PA? They are State College, Indiana, West Chester, Conshohocken and Lewisburg. That sounds about right.

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How we determined the boring cities in the Keystone State

To figure out how boring a place is, we rely on a complex algorithm that factors in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people. We used the U.S. Census data to gather the information. Here are some of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring:

  • % of Population Over 35 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households with People Over 65 (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates several lists of the cities that have plenty of residents with high rankings in all of these categories. After a crunching of the numbers, a list of all of the cities magically appears listing them from most boring to most exciting.

For this list, we used every Pennsylvania city that qualified for our rankings based on having a population of at least 5,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

1. Fox Chapel

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,390
Average Age: 47.8
Married Households: 68.8%
Households With Kids: 44.7%

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2. Murrysville

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,136
Average Age: 48.4
Married Households: 64.9%
Households With Kids: 27.5%

3. Hermitage

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,262
Average Age: 48.8
Married Households: 56.0%
Households With Kids: 25.6%

4. Economy

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,069
Average Age: 47.4
Married Households: 66.5%
Households With Kids: 25.7%

5. Sugarcreek

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,264
Average Age: 44.3
Married Households: 58.2%
Households With Kids: 32.3%

6. Plum

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,257
Average Age: 43.2
Married Households: 58.4%
Households With Kids: 31.3%

7. Archbald

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,035
Average Age: 41.8
Married Households: 54.6%
Households With Kids: 28.2%

8. Pleasant Hills

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,278
Average Age: 46.4
Married Households: 59.1%
Households With Kids: 28.0%

9. St. Marys

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,020
Average Age: 46.8
Married Households: 50.4%
Households With Kids: 26.9%

10. Jefferson Hills

Boring Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,844
Average Age: 43.7
Married Households: 58.0%
Households With Kids: 30.6%

Now That You’re Asleep

On a list like this, there are usually no winners, but since Pennsylvania isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States, the cities on this list can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

Just not these places.

Detailed List Of Boring Cities In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Average Age Married Households Households With Kids
Fox Chapel 1 5,390 47.8 68.8% 44.7%
Murrysville 2 20,136 48.4 64.9% 27.5%
Hermitage 3 16,262 48.8 56.0% 25.6%
Economy 4 9,069 47.4 66.5% 25.7%
Sugarcreek 5 5,264 44.3 58.2% 32.3%
Plum 6 27,257 43.2 58.4% 31.3%
Archbald 7 7,035 41.8 54.6% 28.2%
Pleasant Hills 8 8,278 46.4 59.1% 28.0%
St. Marys 9 13,020 46.8 50.4% 26.9%
Jefferson Hills 10 10,844 43.7 58.0% 30.6%
#N/A 11 32,344 45.6 58.2% 28.7%
Westmont 12 5,121 45.7 57.2% 24.8%
Lower Burrell 13 11,704 47.9 55.7% 21.4%
Wyomissing 14 10,473 47.6 57.0% 23.2%
Exeter 15 5,637 42.6 46.1% 29.9%
Franklin Park 16 13,679 41.8 68.2% 42.5%
Blakely 17 6,557 51.1 49.7% 22.2%
Clarks Summit 18 5,118 46.2 58.9% 27.4%
Moosic 19 5,702 43.0 54.0% 25.5%
White Oak 20 7,864 51.5 49.8% 14.2%
Taylor 21 6,243 45.3 49.5% 28.6%
#N/A 22 28,361 45.8 52.4% 23.9%
Dickson City 23 6,058 41.1 50.6% 30.4%
West Mifflin 24 20,307 44.0 45.2% 27.6%
New Holland 25 5,400 40.2 58.1% 30.1%
Swoyersville 26 5,052 48.0 44.3% 23.7%
Olyphant 27 5,163 42.3 46.6% 26.2%
Old Forge 28 8,299 43.6 46.2% 26.7%
Lititz 29 9,376 42.0 56.9% 28.9%
Tamaqua 30 7,046 42.0 42.9% 27.3%
Monaca 31 5,740 41.8 52.1% 27.0%
Ellwood City 32 7,735 42.5 43.8% 29.6%
Forest Hills 33 6,516 47.2 51.0% 23.1%
Corry 34 6,570 36.8 44.9% 38.2%
Palmerton 35 5,397 43.6 46.6% 21.7%
Baldwin 36 19,777 44.0 50.1% 25.3%
Whitehall 37 13,943 44.6 52.1% 24.0%
Franklin 38 6,499 44.4 43.7% 25.2%
Hollidaysburg 39 5,800 46.3 46.0% 20.2%
Latrobe 40 8,286 44.7 46.2% 26.0%
Camp Hill 41 7,888 41.5 56.9% 27.8%
Brookhaven 42 8,034 44.3 54.2% 22.1%
Nanticoke 43 10,442 44.1 41.5% 25.8%
Berwick 44 10,429 38.8 45.7% 32.6%
Monessen 45 7,682 47.5 39.3% 21.3%
Doyle 46 8,371 49.6 44.3% 17.5%
Nazareth 47 5,746 44.5 51.0% 24.9%
Sayre 48 5,576 38.4 46.5% 28.8%
Birdsboro 49 5,165 40.9 56.2% 34.3%
Milton 50 7,026 39.7 48.0% 31.1%
Tyrone 51 5,451 41.5 45.0% 28.9%
New Castle 52 23,083 42.0 40.0% 30.4%
Carbondale 53 8,880 42.5 40.6% 26.1%
DuBois 54 7,760 38.6 47.4% 31.6%
Aliquippa 55 9,415 42.5 35.5% 24.9%
Dunmore 56 14,031 40.6 44.8% 23.3%
Canonsburg 57 8,984 39.8 44.1% 29.4%
Titusville 58 5,528 38.6 38.7% 29.4%
Oakmont 59 6,340 48.6 47.0% 20.8%
Perkasie 60 8,530 41.1 52.0% 35.6%
Somerset 61 6,227 37.5 46.8% 30.1%
Bangor 62 5,267 37.6 47.5% 29.5%
Palmyra 63 7,364 39.9 51.9% 27.9%
Emmaus 64 11,271 41.5 52.0% 27.5%
Helle 65 5,882 42.6 44.7% 26.8%
Punxsutawney 66 5,946 41.7 41.4% 26.7%
Northampton 67 9,933 39.7 51.2% 30.9%
New Kensington 68 13,050 42.2 41.6% 26.1%
Hanover 69 15,332 40.0 46.4% 28.6%
Souderton 70 6,629 40.8 52.8% 28.5%
Lehighton 71 5,473 43.1 42.4% 27.7%
South Williamsport 72 6,369 39.0 47.4% 32.5%
Pottsville 73 14,228 41.7 41.2% 30.4%
Bridgeville 74 5,140 47.1 39.5% 20.2%
Vandergrift 75 5,175 39.3 41.6% 31.8%
Bellefonte 76 6,228 42.9 54.0% 21.1%
Waynesboro 77 10,622 39.3 45.5% 30.2%
Catasauqua 78 6,466 39.6 50.0% 28.4%
Clairton 79 6,798 42.4 31.7% 24.5%
Sharon 80 13,930 39.7 42.2% 30.5%
Schuylkill Haven 81 5,391 39.3 42.5% 35.6%
Jeannette 82 9,595 43.9 39.8% 25.5%
Shenandoah 83 5,031 38.7 34.4% 27.9%
Clearfield 84 6,179 41.5 43.9% 24.0%
Munhall 85 11,389 44.9 42.2% 22.4%
Oil City 86 10,466 36.5 38.9% 33.6%
Shillington 87 5,271 40.1 45.8% 35.0%
Mount Carmel 88 5,870 46.0 45.5% 20.6%
Swarthmore 89 6,199 35.7 46.0% 29.6%
Kennett Square 90 6,078 31.2 56.7% 40.3%
Altoona 91 46,195 38.4 44.3% 30.5%
Connellsville 92 7,636 38.4 43.6% 30.7%
Mount Joy 93 7,646 37.3 51.5% 31.9%
New Cumberland 94 7,288 39.4 51.1% 29.8%
Turtle Creek 95 5,350 42.5 43.0% 23.6%
Bristol 96 9,699 38.4 41.4% 31.3%
Norwood 97 5,894 40.7 48.0% 32.2%
Chambersburg 98 20,360 36.2 40.5% 28.9%
Stroudsburg 99 5,565 36.5 41.8% 33.5%
Plymouth 100 5,936 40.3 43.9% 29.7%
Johnstown 101 20,740 42.9 35.6% 23.1%
Columbia 102 10,390 35.8 44.8% 33.5%
Oxford 103 5,091 31.6 44.2% 40.3%
Wilson 104 7,871 40.5 44.6% 31.7%
Kingston 105 13,151 43.2 41.5% 21.6%
Greenville 106 5,911 36.6 41.1% 28.7%
Hatboro 107 7,380 36.3 48.4% 31.2%
Uniontown 108 10,320 41.5 34.6% 26.2%
Duquesne 109 5,581 38.6 27.7% 31.6%
Warren 110 9,618 39.8 42.8% 25.4%
Lansdowne 111 10,619 42.1 42.8% 31.1%
Pittston 112 7,713 40.9 36.6% 25.9%
Scranton 113 75,982 37.8 38.0% 26.6%
Hazleton 114 25,233 37.3 39.9% 31.4%
Coraopolis 115 5,671 40.9 32.6% 24.3%
Castle Shannon 116 8,309 40.9 48.5% 21.4%
Mechanicsburg 117 8,981 38.7 46.9% 25.9%
Lansdale 118 16,324 38.0 46.4% 29.5%
Red Lion 119 6,350 39.0 41.6% 33.0%
Lewi 120 8,347 37.8 40.9% 27.2%
Morrisville 121 8,731 37.9 45.6% 29.9%
West View 122 6,768 38.7 48.3% 27.0%
Sunbury 123 9,869 38.3 36.8% 29.0%
Shamokin 124 7,337 40.8 41.1% 24.8%
Ridley Park 125 6,998 40.5 45.4% 27.0%
Ephrata 126 13,445 37.1 53.1% 26.0%
Greensburg 127 14,787 41.2 39.4% 21.5%
Huntingdon 128 7,064 32.9 35.8% 26.9%
Selinsgrove 129 5,654 22.6 24.9% 32.8%
Quake 130 8,965 37.8 44.0% 29.5%
Bradford 131 8,712 34.8 30.6% 33.7%
McKeesport 132 19,744 39.0 29.3% 28.0%
Yeadon 133 11,479 39.4 36.9% 37.1%
New Brighton 134 5,992 37.3 38.9% 31.2%
Folcroft 135 6,617 35.1 42.7% 37.6%
Downin 136 7,923 35.4 41.2% 30.4%
East Stroudsburg 137 9,859 24.1 25.8% 31.4%
Glenolden 138 7,156 40.7 40.3% 25.8%
Elizabet 139 11,599 32.2 43.4% 33.0%
Carnegie 140 7,970 40.4 42.6% 22.4%
Pott 141 22,442 38.1 39.3% 28.3%
Bethlehem 142 75,030 35.3 37.7% 28.0%
Arnold 143 5,124 39.4 28.2% 29.9%
Prospect Park 144 6,465 36.1 45.5% 37.8%
Collegeville 145 5,220 21.8 36.9% 39.6%
Brentwood 146 9,638 40.4 43.4% 23.1%
Meadville 147 13,368 37.5 35.4% 24.3%
Steelton 148 5,976 28.9 30.3% 43.5%
Swissvale 149 8,975 41.8 33.9% 20.6%
Lebanon 150 25,520 33.1 35.4% 36.1%
Crafton 151 5,947 38.8 45.2% 19.2%
Ambridge 152 7,023 40.9 32.2% 22.9%
Sharon Hill 153 5,694 33.0 40.1% 44.1%
California 154 6,692 24.1 30.6% 13.6%
Butler 155 13,701 37.0 36.9% 30.0%
Middl 156 8,899 37.3 39.4% 23.8%
Allentown 157 118,285 32.4 35.0% 36.8%
Wilkes-Barre 158 41,374 33.5 30.8% 28.5%
Carlisle 159 18,816 33.4 36.3% 24.4%
Kut 160 5,009 25.9 37.4% 22.2%
Clifton Heights 161 6,649 35.2 39.0% 38.7%
Collingdale 162 8,786 33.6 36.3% 38.2%
Chester 163 34,011 30.8 19.2% 33.6%
Easton 164 26,959 32.1 33.2% 35.8%
Williamsport 165 29,429 30.7 31.2% 28.9%
Washington 166 13,803 36.5 29.5% 25.0%
Grove City 167 8,267 25.2 31.9% 22.4%
Wilkinsburg 168 15,943 41.6 23.5% 20.7%
Ambler 169 6,470 35.0 42.2% 26.1%
Coatesville 170 13,104 27.9 31.5% 43.0%
Erie 171 101,324 33.7 36.0% 28.3%
Reading 172 87,978 29.4 31.9% 41.4%
Norri 173 34,330 32.5 35.1% 34.5%
York 174 43,808 30.8 30.0% 35.8%
Phoenixville 175 16,480 35.7 42.6% 23.3%
Gettysburg 176 7,639 21.9 26.5% 25.4%
Harrisburg 177 49,395 32.6 26.5% 31.8%
Beaver Falls 178 8,897 32.7 29.2% 22.9%
McKees Rocks 179 6,097 39.7 24.4% 26.2%
Shippensburg 180 5,374 30.2 34.3% 23.6%
Darby 181 10,666 29.1 26.3% 49.8%
Bellevue 182 8,352 37.6 35.3% 24.4%
Lancaster 183 59,335 30.7 32.1% 31.5%
Philadelphia 184 1,536,704 33.6 29.5% 27.8%
Dormont 185 8,589 37.8 41.1% 19.9%
Media 186 5,331 37.1 31.9% 21.3%
Millersville 187 8,210 22.2 29.0% 21.0%
Edinboro 188 6,523 24.2 29.1% 21.1%
Pittsburgh 189 306,062 33.4 30.7% 21.0%
Clarion 190 5,115 22.5 20.0% 21.3%
Lock Haven 191 9,861 22.3 23.5% 24.5%
Bloomsburg 192 14,655 22.0 21.8% 20.5%
Lewisburg 193 5,759 22.7 20.8% 23.1%
Conshohocken 194 7,850 33.5 34.1% 17.9%
West Chester 195 18,736 23.8 21.9% 19.7%
Indiana 196 14,013 21.6 19.0% 14.8%
State College 197 41,948 21.3 13.3% 10.7%
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