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

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 Pennsylvania.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Pennsylvania

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 108 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

Darby, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,689
People Who Own Their Home: 36.34%
Married Adults: 24.91%

2. Reading

Reading, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,051
People Who Own Their Home: 36.96%
Married Adults: 30.86%

3. Duquesne

Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,558
People Who Own Their Home: 31.1%
Married Adults: 27.56%

4. Mckeesport

Mckeesport, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,663
People Who Own Their Home: 42.71%
Married Adults: 29.83%

5. Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,546,920
People Who Own Their Home: 45.82%
Married Adults: 29.21%

6. Coatesville

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,130
People Who Own Their Home: 31.83%
Married Adults: 31.12%

7. Clairton

Clairton, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,752
People Who Own Their Home: 44.68%
Married Adults: 32.17%

8. Stroudsburg

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,528
People Who Own Their Home: 27.32%
Married Adults: 32.54%

9. Mckees Rocks

Mckees Rocks, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,088
People Who Own Their Home: 28.75%
Married Adults: 24.05%

10. East Stroudsburg

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,773
People Who Own Their Home: 47.66%
Married Adults: 24.1%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} 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.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Pennsylvania

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Darby 1 36.34%
Reading 2 36.96%
Duquesne 3 31.1%
Mckeesport 4 42.71%
Philadelphia 5 45.82%
Coatesville 6 31.83%
Clairton 7 44.68%
Stroudsburg 8 27.32%
Mckees Rocks 9 28.75%
East Stroudsburg 10 47.66%
Wilkinsburg 11 28.05%
York 12 35.54%
Chester 13 31.7%
Shenandoah 14 37.9%
Easton 15 41.09%
Homestead 16 30.02%
Harrisburg 17 31.11%
Allentown 18 41.23%
Edwardsville 19 29.2%
Shippensburg 20 31.95%
Turtle Creek 21 30.88%
Arnold 22 32.38%
Lancaster 23 38.96%
Swissvale 24 43.44%
Williamsport 25 37.07%
Upland 26 39.77%
Johnstown 27 40.74%
Ambridge 28 35.32%
Shamokin 29 39.53%
Forest City 30 50.05%
Lebanon 31 39.59%
Tamaqua 32 51.47%
Brownsville 33 38.63%
Midland 34 41.61%
Canton 35 42.41%
Sunbury 36 43.3%
Uniontown 37 34.8%
Hazleton 38 42.02%
Aliquippa 39 45.7%
Washington 40 38.35%
Butler 41 39.4%
Wilkes-Barre 42 39.14%
New Brighton 43 43.16%
Collingdale 44 58.44%
Ashland 45 47.95%
Yeadon 46 58.45%
Pittsburgh 47 41.69%
West Chester 48 34.68%
Waynesboro 49 46.56%
Rochester 50 40.93%
Titusville 51 41.23%
Indiana 52 33.91%
Bradford 53 46.46%
Bellevue 54 31.05%
Beaver Falls 55 38.75%
Linwood 56 51.97%
Verona 57 37.03%
Plymouth 58 44.39%
Dublin 59 40.51%
Oil City 60 52.69%
Vandergrift 61 50.98%
Bangor 62 51.58%
Sharon Hill 63 63.67%
New Kensington 64 52.43%
Clarion 65 30.03%
Mount Carmel 66 56.15%
Steelton 67 44.6%
Carbondale 68 49.04%
Lock Haven 69 31.69%
New Castle 70 48.98%
California 71 45.2%
Scranton 72 44.85%
Oxford 73 37.34%
Media 74 40.16%
Erie 75 46.17%
Meadville 76 39.48%
Farrell 77 49.87%
Bethlehem 78 47.58%
Edgewood 79 56.18%
Carnegie 80 41.87%
Sharon 81 46.4%
Parkville 82 64.29%
Lewisburg 83 32.05%
Ambler 84 54.68%
Monessen 85 52.27%
Pittston 86 50.39%
Chambersburg 87 44.94%
Clifton Heights 88 55.89%
Danville 89 43.57%
State College 90 18.69%
Greenville 91 47.56%
Greensburg 92 41.38%
Catasauqua 93 49.88%
Folcroft 94 68.92%
Nanticoke 95 46.56%
Lansdowne 96 55.79%
Connellsville 97 44.42%
Bridgeport 98 38.91%
Edinboro 99 32.54%
Freeland 100 55.98%
Punxsutawney 101 48.25%
Coraopolis 102 43.28%
Prospect Park 103 51.87%
Hanover 104 50.92%
Stowe 105 61.86%
Corry 106 48.14%
Fullerton 107 48.63%
Morrisville 108 56.96%
Bristol 109 49.75%
Bath 110 56.46%
Union City 111 56.64%
Pottsville 112 45.06%
Ellwood City 113 61.35%
Schuylkill Haven 114 63.57%
Mansfield 115 40.43%
Lehighton 116 50.7%
Phoenixville 117 51.96%
Bloomsburg 118 33.76%
Millersville 119 57.2%
Woodlyn 120 61.11%
West Mifflin 121 68.75%
Scottdale 122 60.26%
Milton 123 47.76%
Mount Pleasant 124 54.42%
Berwick 125 51.54%
Somerset 126 41.97%
Tyrone 127 54.45%
Castle Shannon 128 54.54%
Conshohocken 129 45.62%
Altoona 130 59.31%
Canonsburg 131 50.12%
Brentwood 132 57.48%
Columbia 133 53.83%
Kingston 134 45.72%
Selinsgrove 135 44.53%
Dormont 136 51.39%
Carnot-Moon 137 50.69%
Carlisle 138 45.69%
Warren 139 51.49%
Sun Valley 140 87.4%
Red Lion 141 53.59%
Colonial Park 142 44.26%
Dubois 143 51.46%
Morton 144 57.77%
Birdsboro 145 78.21%
Red Hill 146 63.24%
Sierra View 147 83.0%
Wilson 148 56.21%
Bedford 149 45.43%
Clearfield 150 48.58%
Arlington Heights 151 70.24%
Croydon 152 67.66%
Marietta 153 59.88%
Drexel Hill 154 62.45%
Bellefonte 155 44.51%
Lansdale 156 51.27%
Enola 157 52.95%
Munhall 158 58.49%
Hershey 159 48.49%
Manchester 160 53.2%
Portage 161 62.18%
Greenwood 162 61.6%
Pleasant Hill 163 55.79%
Norwood 164 73.09%
Palmyra 165 47.66%
Taylor 166 60.72%
Huntingdon 167 49.58%
Palmerton 168 67.05%
Glenolden 169 58.98%
Ardmore 170 59.87%
Fayetteville 171 67.33%
Franklin 172 51.22%
Kennett Square 173 51.78%
Athens 174 58.11%
Hatboro 175 58.74%
Old Forge 176 64.34%
Jeannette 177 54.15%
Progress 178 53.26%
Sanatoga 179 73.82%
Lower Burrell 180 71.9%
Ridley Park 181 66.53%
Crafton 182 48.93%
Spring Grove 183 58.68%
Wyndmoor 184 84.87%
Hamburg 185 62.29%
Springdale 186 59.03%
Rockledge 187 61.69%
Nazareth 188 43.95%
New Britain 189 76.92%
New Hope 190 53.23%
Imperial 191 53.33%
Derry 192 60.95%
Sayre 193 51.14%
Lima 194 46.05%
South Williamsport 195 58.48%
Ephrata 196 60.77%
Bridgeville 197 56.28%
Fairless Hills 198 68.52%
Olyphant 199 52.71%
Belmont 200 62.26%
Oak Hills 201 59.57%
Park Forest Village 202 47.28%
Mount Joy 203 57.93%
Baldwin 204 73.54%
Lake City 205 73.3%
Wyoming 206 57.67%
Homeacre-Lyndora 207 63.43%
Perkasie 208 68.77%
Marysville 209 68.49%
Exeter 210 70.17%
Willow Grove 211 63.62%
Greencastle 212 52.09%
Mechanicsburg 213 57.32%
Pleasant Hills 214 72.65%
Dunmore 215 53.47%
Oakmont 216 60.55%
Forest Hills 217 70.25%
Monaca 218 62.62%
Dupont 219 63.86%
Willow Street 220 49.91%
Leola 221 63.1%
Whitehall 222 69.22%
Emmaus 223 58.49%
Brookville 224 63.4%
Grove City 225 51.87%
Dickson City 226 58.84%
Berwyn 227 60.87%
Swoyersville 228 66.42%
Swarthmore 229 69.68%
Souderton 230 60.84%
Edgewood 231 63.19%
Dallas 232 73.9%
Archbald 233 75.91%
Lionville 234 60.15%
Levittown 235 79.07%
Malvern 236 56.88%
Strasburg 237 70.69%
Girard 238 62.17%
Kulpsville 239 75.28%
Blakely 240 63.03%
Weigelstown 241 75.92%
Brookhaven 242 79.7%
Collegeville 243 72.46%
Shrewsbury 244 80.97%
White Oak 245 72.24%
Boiling Springs 246 78.67%
Oreland 247 80.46%
Hollidaysburg 248 48.7%
West View 249 65.86%
Shiloh 250 76.93%
Northampton 251 68.23%
Richboro 252 92.59%
King Of Prussia 253 55.43%
Ancient Oaks 254 84.11%
Paoli 255 60.91%
Folsom 256 76.58%
Conway 257 73.6%
Northwest Harborcreek 258 74.26%
Plymouth Meeting 259 68.82%
Horsham 260 71.24%
Beaver 261 58.2%
Sugarcreek 262 80.74%
Glenside 263 69.73%
Broomall 264 76.05%
Plum 265 77.19%
Harleysville 266 63.87%
Moosic 267 76.96%
New Holland 268 59.14%
Moscow 269 75.0%
Penn Wynne 270 86.25%
Jefferson Hills 271 78.81%
Berlin 272 64.97%
Paxtonia 273 68.51%
Lititz 274 59.42%
Jessup 275 66.35%
Village Green-Green Ridge 276 81.1%
New Cumberland 277 65.67%
Economy 278 91.94%
Shillington 279 73.69%
Elim 280 67.0%
Middletown 281 86.99%
Denver 282 70.17%
Lower Allen 283 63.48%
Meridian 284 88.99%
Akron 285 67.22%
Montgomeryville 286 93.73%
East York 287 68.73%
Hermitage 288 67.26%
Audubon 289 58.35%
Mountain Top 290 83.65%
Allison Park 291 75.16%
Woodside 292 97.2%
Fox Chapel 293 89.33%
Blue Bell 294 87.56%
Wescosville 295 84.25%
Maple Glen 296 91.82%
Churchill 297 85.94%
Fairview 298 78.28%
Thompsonville 299 88.17%
Linglestown 300 84.97%
Wyomissing 301 67.65%
Whitfield 302 84.88%
Glenshaw 303 92.18%
Westmont 304 77.22%
Franklin Park 305 89.69%
Trooper 306 89.14%
Fort Washington 307 83.72%
Camp Hill 308 65.75%
Shanor-Northvue 309 71.19%
Schlusser 310 73.12%
Clarks Summit 311 71.71%
Blandon 312 81.68%
Zion 313 86.98%
Lemont 314 73.35%

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