These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Pennsylvania


We used science and data to determine which places in Pennsylvania are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Pennsylvania?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Pennsylvania – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Pennsylvania cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Keystone State:

  1. Darby
  2. Reading
  3. Duquesne
  4. Mckeesport
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Coatesville
  7. Clairton
  8. Stroudsburg
  9. Mckees Rocks
  10. East Stroudsburg

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Lemont is the happiest place in PA.

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How do you decide if a city in Pennsylvania is miserable or not?

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Pennsylvania, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 314 places in Pennsylvania with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 314 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index “earning” the title “Most Miserable City In Pennsylvania”.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Darby

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,689
People Who Own Their Home: 36.3%
Married Adults: 24.9%

2. Reading

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia.

Population: 88,051
People Who Own Their Home: 37.0%
Married Adults: 30.9%

3. Duquesne

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,558
People Who Own Their Home: 31.1%
Married Adults: 27.6%

4. Mckeesport

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr user Dennis

Population: 19,663
People Who Own Their Home: 42.7%
Married Adults: 29.8%

5. Philadelphia

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,546,920
People Who Own Their Home: 45.8%
Married Adults: 29.2%

6. Coatesville

Miserable Pennsylvania

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Population: 13,130
People Who Own Their Home: 31.8%
Married Adults: 31.1%

7. Clairton

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,752
People Who Own Their Home: 44.7%
Married Adults: 32.2%

8. Stroudsburg

Miserable Pennsylvania

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Population: 5,528
People Who Own Their Home: 27.3%
Married Adults: 32.5%

9. Mckees Rocks

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,088
People Who Own Their Home: 28.8%
Married Adults: 24.0%

10. East Stroudsburg

Miserable Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,773
People Who Own Their Home: 47.7%
Married Adults: 24.1%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in Pennsylvania is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

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If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in PA, according to science:

Most Happy: Lemont
2nd Most Happy: Zion
3rd Most Happy: Blandon
For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Darby 1 10,689 36.3% 24.9%
Reading 2 88,051 37.0% 30.9%
Duquesne 3 5,558 31.1% 27.6%
McKeesport 4 19,663 42.7% 29.8%
Philadelphia 5 1,546,920 45.8% 29.2%
Coatesville 6 13,130 31.8% 31.1%
Clairton 7 6,752 44.7% 32.2%
Stroudsburg 8 5,528 27.3% 32.5%
McKees Rocks 9 6,088 28.8% 24.0%
East Stroudsburg 10 9,773 47.7% 24.1%
Wilkinsburg 11 15,894 28.1% 23.0%
York 12 43,817 35.5% 29.9%
Chester 13 34,007 31.7% 19.2%
Shenandoah 14 5,002 37.9% 31.3%
Easton 15 26,977 41.1% 34.3%
Homestead 16 3,157 30.0% 22.7%
Harrisburg 17 49,297 31.1% 26.5%
Allentown 18 118,793 41.2% 34.4%
Edwardsville 19 4,792 29.2% 31.8%
Shippensburg 20 5,479 32.0% 29.3%
Turtle Creek 21 5,335 30.9% 39.5%
Arnold 22 5,090 32.4% 30.2%
Lancaster 23 59,368 39.0% 31.1%
Swissvale 24 8,963 43.4% 34.4%
Williamsport 25 29,377 37.1% 30.4%
Upland 26 3,248 39.8% 25.5%
Johnstown 27 20,576 40.7% 33.9%
Ambridge 28 6,973 35.3% 29.4%
Shamokin 29 7,295 39.5% 41.9%
Forest City 30 2,068 50.1% 34.6%
Lebanon 31 25,553 39.6% 34.5%
Tamaqua 32 6,994 51.5% 44.8%
Brownsville 33 2,378 38.6% 40.5%
Midland 34 2,608 41.6% 31.6%
Canton 35 2,065 42.4% 42.5%
Sunbury 36 9,817 43.3% 35.9%
Uniontown 37 10,203 34.8% 34.6%
Hazleton 38 25,179 42.0% 37.8%
Aliquippa 39 9,356 45.7% 33.2%
Washington 40 13,715 38.4% 28.4%
Butler 41 13,609 39.4% 37.1%
Wilkes-Barre 42 41,202 39.1% 30.8%
New Brighton 43 5,973 43.2% 36.6%
Collingdale 44 8,778 58.4% 37.8%
Ashland 45 2,780 47.9% 33.9%
Yeadon 46 11,506 58.5% 38.0%
Pittsburgh 47 306,045 41.7% 31.2%
West Chester 48 18,860 34.7% 22.0%
Waynesboro 49 10,673 46.6% 44.2%
Rochester 50 3,628 40.9% 40.5%
Titusville 51 5,479 41.2% 41.9%
Indiana 52 14,025 33.9% 18.4%
Bradford 53 8,665 46.5% 31.9%
Bellevue 54 8,338 31.0% 37.6%
Beaver Falls 55 8,842 38.8% 26.9%
Linwood 56 3,394 52.0% 35.4%
Verona 57 2,502 37.0% 30.0%
Plymouth 58 5,905 44.4% 40.1%
Dublin 59 2,158 40.5% 41.5%
Oil City 60 10,383 52.7% 39.4%
Vandergrift 61 5,142 51.0% 41.2%
Bangor 62 5,256 51.6% 48.3%
Sharon Hill 63 5,685 63.7% 39.2%
New Kensington 64 12,959 52.4% 42.4%
Clarion 65 5,000 30.0% 24.1%
Mount Carmel 66 5,833 56.1% 45.0%
Steelton 67 5,959 44.6% 33.3%
Carbondale 68 8,843 49.0% 42.0%
Lock Haven 69 9,860 31.7% 23.7%
New Castle 70 22,883 49.0% 40.2%
California 71 6,703 45.2% 31.0%
Scranton 72 75,842 44.9% 37.4%
Oxford 73 5,100 37.3% 48.0%
Media 74 5,341 40.2% 29.3%
Erie 75 100,832 46.2% 35.7%
Meadville 76 13,307 39.5% 34.9%
Farrell 77 4,883 49.9% 34.9%
Bethlehem 78 75,050 47.6% 37.4%
Edgewood 79 2,148 56.2% 41.9%
Carnegie 80 7,960 41.9% 39.9%
Sharon 81 13,845 46.4% 37.6%
Parkville 82 6,949 64.3% 47.7%
Lewisburg 83 5,781 32.0% 20.8%
Ambler 84 6,481 54.7% 41.7%
Monessen 85 7,630 52.3% 40.8%
Pittston 86 7,702 50.4% 37.4%
Chambersburg 87 20,430 44.9% 41.3%
Clifton Heights 88 6,656 55.9% 37.6%
Danville 89 4,703 43.6% 25.4%
State College 90 42,066 18.7% 14.1%
Greenville 91 5,919 47.6% 38.4%
Greensburg 92 14,726 41.4% 35.7%
Catasauqua 93 6,477 49.9% 44.6%
Folcroft 94 6,615 68.9% 44.3%
Nanticoke 95 10,395 46.6% 40.9%
Lansdowne 96 10,618 55.8% 43.8%
Connellsville 97 7,578 44.4% 41.7%
Bridgeport 98 4,573 38.9% 28.7%
Edinboro 99 6,484 32.5% 27.5%
Freeland 100 3,509 56.0% 38.7%
Punxsutawney 101 5,927 48.3% 40.5%
Coraopolis 102 5,655 43.3% 37.2%
Prospect Park 103 6,464 51.9% 42.1%
Hanover 104 15,365 50.9% 46.3%
Stowe 105 3,765 61.9% 40.2%
Corry 106 6,546 48.1% 47.2%
Fullerton 107 15,529 48.6% 47.1%
Morrisville 108 8,689 57.0% 46.5%
Bristol 109 9,657 49.8% 39.3%
Bath 110 2,684 56.5% 46.0%
Union City 111 3,271 56.6% 53.9%
Pottsville 112 14,136 45.1% 41.0%
Ellwood City 113 7,743 61.3% 44.1%
Schuylkill Haven 114 5,368 63.6% 42.6%
Mansfield 115 3,582 40.4% 31.2%
Lehighton 116 5,427 50.7% 45.0%
Phoenixville 117 16,530 52.0% 44.1%
Bloomsburg 118 14,699 33.8% 22.5%
Millersville 119 8,320 57.2% 26.5%
Woodlyn 120 10,131 61.1% 44.5%
West Mifflin 121 20,271 68.7% 44.7%
Scottdale 122 4,336 60.3% 46.3%
Milton 123 7,017 47.8% 48.8%
Mount Pleasant 124 4,431 54.4% 47.8%
Berwick 125 10,398 51.5% 45.5%
Somerset 126 6,185 42.0% 47.2%
Tyrone 127 5,433 54.5% 42.8%
Castle Shannon 128 8,317 54.5% 46.6%
Conshohocken 129 7,864 45.6% 35.5%
Altoona 130 45,987 59.3% 43.8%
Canonsburg 131 8,973 50.1% 44.2%
Brentwood 132 9,625 57.5% 44.8%
Columbia 133 10,399 53.8% 46.7%
Kingston 134 13,105 45.7% 41.0%
Selinsgrove 135 5,698 44.5% 23.9%
Dormont 136 8,565 51.4% 40.9%
Carnot-Moon 137 12,081 50.7% 38.5%
Carlisle 138 18,877 45.7% 36.4%
Warren 139 9,543 51.5% 43.0%
Sun Valley 140 2,112 87.4% 43.2%
Red Lion 141 6,343 53.6% 44.8%
Colonial Park 142 13,124 44.3% 43.9%
DuBois 143 7,718 51.5% 44.6%
Morton 144 2,670 57.8% 45.1%
Birdsboro 145 5,158 78.2% 55.4%
Red Hill 146 2,499 63.2% 48.8%
Sierra View 147 5,154 83.0% 60.7%
Wilson 148 7,852 56.2% 44.4%
Bedford 149 2,804 45.4% 42.7%
Clearfield 150 6,143 48.6% 46.2%
Arlington Heights 151 5,392 70.2% 51.6%
Croydon 152 10,017 67.7% 45.2%
Marietta 153 2,595 59.9% 48.6%
Drexel Hill 154 28,262 62.4% 48.1%
Bellefonte 155 6,250 44.5% 48.3%
Lansdale 156 16,382 51.3% 43.5%
Enola 157 6,053 52.9% 44.9%
Munhall 158 11,355 58.5% 41.6%
Hershey 159 14,172 48.5% 44.8%
Manchester 160 2,759 53.2% 43.7%
Portage 161 2,594 62.2% 46.0%
Greenwood 162 2,506 61.6% 40.3%
Pleasant Hill 163 2,620 55.8% 46.2%
Norwood 164 5,897 73.1% 43.0%
Palmyra 165 7,399 47.7% 48.5%
Taylor 166 6,230 60.7% 49.3%
Huntingdon 167 7,069 49.6% 38.5%
Palmerton 168 5,382 67.0% 46.6%
Glenolden 169 7,150 59.0% 43.2%
Ardmore 170 12,867 59.9% 47.1%
Fayetteville 171 3,139 67.3% 45.1%
Franklin 172 6,448 51.2% 45.3%
Kennett Square 173 6,123 51.8% 52.8%
Athens 174 3,344 58.1% 46.9%
Hatboro 175 7,403 58.7% 45.4%
Old Forge 176 8,265 64.3% 45.0%
Jeannette 177 9,522 54.1% 41.4%
Progress 178 9,717 53.3% 41.2%
Sanatoga 179 8,581 73.8% 53.8%
Lower Burrell 180 11,653 71.9% 55.0%
Ridley Park 181 7,021 66.5% 45.9%
Crafton 182 5,931 48.9% 42.8%
Spring Grove 183 2,455 58.7% 52.5%
Wyndmoor 184 5,681 84.9% 48.8%
Hamburg 185 4,293 62.3% 45.3%
Springdale 186 3,400 59.0% 47.6%
Rockledge 187 2,553 61.7% 49.6%
Nazareth 188 5,723 44.0% 53.5%
New Britain 189 3,028 76.9% 41.0%
New Hope 190 2,526 53.2% 44.0%
Imperial 191 2,917 53.3% 49.4%
Derry 192 2,649 61.0% 50.7%
Sayre 193 5,553 51.1% 43.9%
Lima 194 2,345 46.1% 38.1%
South Williamsport 195 6,370 58.5% 46.1%
Ephrata 196 13,529 60.8% 53.7%
Bridgeville 197 5,142 56.3% 40.0%
Fairless Hills 198 9,289 68.5% 46.6%
Olyphant 199 5,178 52.7% 49.8%
Belmont 200 3,045 62.3% 53.7%
Oak Hills 201 2,402 59.6% 49.0%
Park Forest Village 202 9,276 47.3% 44.3%
Mount Joy 203 7,774 57.9% 50.6%
Baldwin 204 19,791 73.5% 49.2%
Lake City 205 3,008 73.3% 48.0%
Wyoming 206 3,057 57.7% 45.5%
Homeacre-Lyndora 207 6,966 63.4% 47.2%
Perkasie 208 8,511 68.8% 52.1%
Marysville 209 2,536 68.5% 45.6%
Exeter 210 5,633 70.2% 45.8%
Willow Grove 211 16,185 63.6% 55.1%
Greencastle 212 4,023 52.1% 47.0%
Mechanicsburg 213 8,971 57.3% 48.7%
Pleasant Hills 214 8,291 72.7% 58.6%
Dunmore 215 13,974 53.5% 45.4%
Oakmont 216 6,358 60.6% 46.5%
Forest Hills 217 6,501 70.3% 49.8%
Monaca 218 5,721 62.6% 51.4%
Dupont 219 2,708 63.9% 39.6%
Willow Street 220 7,485 49.9% 60.7%
Leola 221 7,088 63.1% 57.7%
Whitehall 222 13,931 69.2% 51.2%
Emmaus 223 11,291 58.5% 50.5%
Brookville 224 3,906 63.4% 47.2%
Grove City 225 8,242 51.9% 29.3%
Dickson City 226 6,049 58.8% 48.0%
Berwyn 227 3,222 60.9% 55.6%
Swoyersville 228 5,038 66.4% 47.0%
Swarthmore 229 6,198 69.7% 44.7%
Souderton 230 6,668 60.8% 54.8%
Edgewood 231 3,109 63.2% 51.0%
Dallas 232 2,806 73.9% 45.1%
Archbald 233 7,053 75.9% 56.3%
Lionville 234 6,334 60.2% 53.7%
Levittown 235 51,326 79.1% 48.2%
Malvern 236 3,179 56.9% 52.1%
Strasburg 237 2,843 70.7% 64.9%
Girard 238 3,078 62.2% 55.5%
Kulpsville 239 8,401 75.3% 56.3%
Blakely 240 6,534 63.0% 50.1%
Weigelstown 241 13,174 75.9% 53.5%
Brookhaven 242 8,045 79.7% 52.4%
Collegeville 243 5,263 72.5% 38.6%
Shrewsbury 244 3,827 81.0% 56.4%
White Oak 245 7,851 72.2% 50.8%
Boiling Springs 246 2,822 78.7% 57.4%
Oreland 247 5,748 80.5% 56.7%
Hollidaysburg 248 5,792 48.7% 43.1%
West View 249 6,752 65.9% 50.6%
Shiloh 250 11,493 76.9% 55.6%
Northampton 251 9,921 68.2% 50.2%
Richboro 252 6,382 92.6% 64.0%
King of Prussia 253 19,919 55.4% 54.2%
Ancient Oaks 254 7,312 84.1% 66.3%
Paoli 255 5,616 60.9% 51.3%
Folsom 256 8,282 76.6% 51.4%
Conway 257 2,166 73.6% 47.9%
Northwest Harborcreek 258 9,492 74.3% 58.2%
Plymouth Meeting 259 5,721 68.8% 53.4%
Horsham 260 14,936 71.2% 52.9%
Beaver 261 4,479 58.2% 46.8%
Sugarcreek 262 5,238 80.7% 59.0%
Glenside 263 7,614 69.7% 51.3%
Broomall 264 10,312 76.0% 56.7%
Plum 265 27,386 77.2% 58.2%
Harleysville 266 9,348 63.9% 58.8%
Moosic 267 5,712 77.0% 48.8%
New Holland 268 5,407 59.1% 60.6%
Moscow 269 2,588 75.0% 54.8%
Penn Wynne 270 5,740 86.2% 56.2%
Jefferson Hills 271 10,984 78.8% 58.5%
Berlin 272 2,036 65.0% 51.2%
Paxtonia 273 4,896 68.5% 49.6%
Lititz 274 9,386 59.4% 56.3%
Jessup 275 4,650 66.4% 51.4%
Village Green-Green Ridge 276 7,804 81.1% 53.7%
New Cumberland 277 7,276 65.7% 49.7%
Economy 278 9,133 91.9% 67.4%
Shillington 279 5,272 73.7% 47.3%
Elim 280 3,859 67.0% 54.2%
Middletown 281 7,529 87.0% 60.0%
Denver 282 3,862 70.2% 58.8%
Lower Allen 283 7,012 63.5% 50.5%
Meridian 284 3,541 89.0% 55.8%
Akron 285 3,923 67.2% 59.2%
Montgomeryville 286 12,977 93.7% 61.0%
East York 287 8,504 68.7% 56.1%
Hermitage 288 16,237 67.3% 55.2%
Audubon 289 8,483 58.3% 59.3%
Mountain Top 290 11,182 83.6% 63.5%
Allison Park 291 20,867 75.2% 58.3%
Woodside 292 2,714 97.2% 71.9%
Fox Chapel 293 5,397 89.3% 70.1%
Blue Bell 294 6,049 87.6% 63.7%
Wescosville 295 5,951 84.3% 63.6%
Maple Glen 296 6,767 91.8% 64.5%
Churchill 297 3,006 85.9% 65.3%
Fairview 298 2,870 78.3% 56.2%
Thompsonville 299 3,853 88.2% 64.1%
Linglestown 300 6,482 85.0% 55.3%
Wyomissing 301 10,467 67.6% 53.7%
Whitfield 302 5,171 84.9% 59.9%
Glenshaw 303 8,908 92.2% 67.4%
Westmont 304 5,086 77.2% 57.3%
Franklin Park 305 13,882 89.7% 67.7%
Trooper 306 5,868 89.1% 59.5%
Fort Washington 307 5,619 83.7% 61.7%
Camp Hill 308 7,891 65.7% 56.7%
Shanor-Northvue 309 5,156 71.2% 58.7%
Schlusser 310 4,988 73.1% 58.2%
Clarks Summit 311 5,101 71.7% 58.1%
Blandon 312 7,139 81.7% 62.3%
Zion 313 2,171 87.0% 65.5%
Lemont 314 2,706 73.4% 51.6%
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