These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in PA are the real 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Pennsylvania.

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Ah, the P.A. Where you’ve got two liberal bookends, and in between, some pretty rural stretches of conservatism. The only place in the country where all the sports teams have the same colors, and where the fans actually know what the heck they’re talking about.

And then there’s the food and the culture. Plus, Pittsburgh has been named as one of the best cities in the nation many times over now.

Pennsylvania might be one of the most interesting and unique states in the nation.

Is it all good in the Keystone State? Of course not. Just like every other state, PA has its least desirable spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which places are the worst you could possibly live in if you make Pennsylvania your home.

After analyzing 170 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,000 people), we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in the state of Pennsylvania:

  1. McKeesport (Photos)
  2. Duquesne (Photos)
  3. Chester (Photos)
  4. Clairton (Photos)
  5. Tamaqua (Photos)
  6. Darby (Photos)
  7. Johnstown (Photos)
  8. Reading (Photos)
  9. Philadelphia (Photos)
  10. McKees Rocks (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Pennsylvania? That would be McKeesport.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

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

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How we determined the worst places to live in Pennsylvania for 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 170 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 170 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Pennsylvania — McKeesport. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Pennsylvania.

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

Mckeesport, PA

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Population: 19,488
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $46,100 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (6th worst)
More on Mckeesport:  Data | Photos

According to science, Mckeesport is the 1st worst place you can live in Pennsylvania.

Let’s see why. Mckeesport has the 9th-highest crime rate in the state, surprisingly. In terms of number of crimes per person, Mckeesport is certainly up there.

Factor in a very low housing cost ($46,100), and the 6th-highest unemployment rate in the state (15.7%), and across the board, Mckeesport doesn’t sound like the best of the best.

Plus, there’s simply not a lot to do here (unless you count having a Walmart and a Piggly Wiggly as fun). We’re aware that people enjoy outdoor activities, but in terms of pure entertainment, you’d have to drive a ways away.

Duquesne, PA

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Population: 5,544
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $37,800 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.2% (1st worst)
More on Duquesne:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Duquesne, which might be one of the poorest areas in Pennsylvania. Residents average $24,390 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 36.3% of Duquesne residents live below the poverty level.

Homes here go for an average of $37,800 and the unemployment rate hovers near 19.2%.

Chester, PA

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Population: 34,102
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $67,300 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.1% (2nd worst)
More on Chester:  Data | Photos

Chester, PA needs a big hug right now. The unemployment rate here is 18.1%, the median income is just above the poverty line, and the crime is the 10th highest in the state. You have a 1 in 30.4 chance of being robbed here every year.

Oh yeah, and they had 22 murders a couple of years back.

Chester is right along the Delaware river, south of Philly. Youse could find a much better place to call home.

Review Of Chester by ChesterWolf The Griffin

This is outdated Chester Pennsylvania which is where I’m from as you can see in my Avatar name. A new survey conducted in 2017 says Chester is number 17 Min unemployment 6 out of every 10 citizens are jobless. The EPA has actually considered putting Chester on the list of top 10 most polluted cities in the world the air pollution in Chester has reached record highs. Chester is also one of the most politically corrupt cities in America. Chester also has the highest homicide and murder rates pertinent next to Chicago. In 2014 Chester crime rate reached an all-time high there were more than 276 murders during the 2014 and 2015 years the United States National Guard and army actually had to patrol the streets of Chester Pennsylvania for 6 years straight they were literally driving around and military-style vehicles..

Clairton, PA

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Population: 6,692
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $45,700 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (6th worst)
More on Clairton:  Data | Photos

Clairton needs some tough love as it ranks as the 4th worst city to live in Pennsylvania for 2019. There’s not a lot to do here, and when you factor in some of the lowest student support in the state and some of the worst weather, it’s not a place you might want to move to.

And the crime in Clairton is the 69th highest in the state, where 1 in 58.2 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.

Tamaqua, PA

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Population: 6,841
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $60,300 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (44th worst)
More on Tamaqua:  Data | Photos

Tamaqua is another coal mining town in this same region of the state (south of Hazleton).

Here, homes are priced at $60,300, and residents earn around $33,545 a year, combined. Crime and education aren’t horrible, but they’re not great, either.

At least they have a Wawa within an hour distance in any direction.

Darby, PA

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4
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Population: 10,710
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,300 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (22nd worst)
More on Darby:  Data | Photos

When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Pennsylvania, Darby came in 6th. Let’s see why.

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The city has very bad crime (8th worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 10.6%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.

Johnstown, PA

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Population: 19,967
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $41,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (4th worst)
More on Johnstown:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Johnstown, which might be one of the poorest areas in the state. Residents average $23,636 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 37.9% of Johnstown residents live below the poverty level.

Homes here go for an average of $41,500 and the unemployment rate hovers near 16.1%. According to Wikipedia, several efforts have been made over the years to fix the eroding city, including cleaning up the drug use, as the population is leaving its city limits. The city has seen a 12% decrease in population in the last 10 years.

Johnstown is located two hours east of Pittsburgh on Route 119.

Review Of Johnstown by HomeSnacks User

My goodness!!! I despise this city!!! First off, there are a lot of hayseed white people, probably on m**h, and a bunch of pimp dealers coming in from Pittsburgh with their whores. Lots of domestic violence, cops responding, and of course what makes it worse is where these problems exist, government do-gooders follow along and make things much worse! It doesn’t help that the people who grew up here are reminded of their obsolescence, with dilapidated factories and boarded up buildings in the downtown, a reminder that people are not as tough as their grandparents anymore.

Everything is so cramped traffic-wise. There are literally three things to do in this town: amateur ballgames or hockey games, ride the famous inclined plane (snooze), or ethnic festivals….. There’s alot of noise in this town, old bridges, dilapidated buildings, and methamphetamine. Pick any time, day or night, and you’ve got the cops being called to the good-old Solomon homes responding to another drug murder. That wonderful section-8 Tower of Babel has done more bad than anything in the last twenty years!! But if that doesn’t strike your fancy, go to the suburbs and you’ll more than likely find some row houses with a white trash family getting arrested for child endangerment. There is this one road, on the way out, I think it is the Hornerstown section, where the merge is basically a death trap. Typical Pennsylvania roadways, all chopped up, hard to see traffic.

Reading, PA

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Population: 88,275
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $69,500 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.9% (3rd worst)
More on Reading:  Data | Photos

There are some bad places to live and some really, really bad places to live. According to the data, Reading is one of the worst places you can live in Pennsylvania. And quite possibly, one of the worst places you can live in, period. Let’s see why.

We’re not economists, but when you have a 16.9% unemployment rate for a city of 88,275 people, that’s a sign that things aren’t just bad. They are downright depressing.

Philadelphia, PA

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5
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Population: 1,569,657
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $151,500 (117th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (17th worst)
More on Philadelphia:  Data | Photos

When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ranks 9th worst. Let’s see why.

Here in Philadelphia, crime is the 23rd highest in the state, and 1 out of 32.5 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

That’s not the first place you think of making home, is it?

Additionally, you have a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.

When you look at adult education in Pennsylvania, the folks in Philadelphia have the 16th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Philadelphia undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

The unemployment rate is the 17th highest in Pennsylvania, at 11.3%. That’s actually on par with the national average, which means Pennsylvania has some hard workers.

Review Of Philadelphia by HomeSnacks User

The crime is not great, but the overall experience in terms of enjoyment, are good.

I like to go out to places where there is walking.

Mckees Rocks, PA

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5
/10

Population: 6,037
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $39,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (78th worst)
More on Mckees Rocks:  Data | Photos

Sure, it’s in a beautiful area, and there’s lots of culture, especially in terms of music. But, if you’re measuring desirability, it’s the 10th worst in Pennsylvania.

Mckees Rocks residents had a 1 in 18.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Meaning lots of stolen laptops, cell phones and sports jerseys.

The unemployment rate in Mckees Rocks is through the roof, as more than 7.1% of the population can’t get a job. At least their mortgages aren’t too high; at $39,600, Mckees Rocks has the 3rd-lowest home prices in the state of Pennsylvania.

Review Of Mckees Rocks by Angela Steedley

I live in mckees rocks and this place is s****y as h**l

Wrapping Up The Worst In Pennsylvania

If you’re looking at areas in Pennsylvania with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Mckeesport ranks as the worst city to live in Pennsylvania for 2019.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Pennsylvania:

  1. Lititz (Pop. 9,269)
  2. Conshohocken (Pop. 7,985)
  3. Camp Hill (Pop. 7,906)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Mckeesport 19,488 15.7% $46,100
2 Duquesne 5,544 19.2% $37,800
3 Chester 34,102 18.1% $67,300
4 Clairton 6,692 15.7% $45,700
5 Tamaqua 6,841 8.6% $60,300
6 Darby 10,710 10.6% $70,300
7 Johnstown 19,967 16.1% $41,500
8 Reading 88,275 16.9% $69,500
9 Philadelphia 1,569,657 11.3% $151,500
10 Mckees Rocks 6,037 7.1% $39,600
11 York 44,058 13.3% $74,400
12 Connellsville 7,454 7.6% $82,400
13 Harrisburg 49,278 12.8% $82,100
14 Aliquippa 9,173 10.9% $72,000
15 Coatesville 13,169 12.6% $115,900
16 Bradford 8,440 11.0% $58,400
17 Taylor 6,061 8.5% $118,000
18 Bangor 5,217 9.7% $143,700
19 Allentown 120,128 12.4% $124,000
20 Oxford 5,327 8.3% $206,900
21 Wilkinsburg 15,748 13.1% $79,800
22 Lancaster 59,556 9.6% $109,700
23 Sharon 13,505 10.7% $64,500
24 Lehighton 5,332 10.1% $121,500
25 New Brighton 5,889 8.2% $70,100
26 New Castle 22,434 9.7% $62,000
27 Waynesboro 10,793 8.5% $134,300
28 Beaver Falls 8,641 7.8% $61,400
29 Mount Carmel 5,724 8.8% $48,300
30 Uniontown 9,975 11.9% $83,100
31 New Kensington 12,679 6.8% $97,300
32 Red Lion 6,324 5.6% $120,000
33 Williamsport 28,938 9.0% $100,900
34 Yeadon 11,523 9.1% $137,000
35 Lebanon 25,703 10.8% $88,600
36 Chambersburg 20,640 6.9% $158,100
37 Hazleton 24,882 9.9% $91,300
38 Monessen 7,474 7.4% $74,500
39 Ambridge 6,853 7.3% $65,000
40 Butler 13,292 8.2% $94,300
41 Washington 13,624 9.3% $95,900
42 Collingdale 8,800 10.5% $110,900
43 Steelton 5,953 7.3% $87,400
44 Wilson 7,817 8.5% $127,900
45 Berwick 10,231 8.3% $99,600
46 Sunbury 9,643 7.0% $79,700
47 Gettysburg 7,627 8.7% $224,300
48 Titusville 5,381 8.2% $71,900
49 Hanover 15,506 5.7% $155,400
50 Palmerton 5,313 5.0% $113,100
51 Plymouth 5,863 4.7% $76,500
52 Clearfield 6,012 8.5% $83,800
53 Nanticoke 10,296 8.1% $81,400
54 Easton 27,045 7.5% $127,700
55 Tyrone 5,320 9.0% $90,900
56 Dubois 7,556 8.3% $88,800
57 Scranton 76,624 6.3% $104,800
58 Erie 98,970 9.1% $87,000
59 Columbia 10,430 9.1% $101,100
60 Shamokin 7,165 7.6% $35,300
61 Stroudsburg 5,491 13.6% $154,100
62 Swissvale 8,881 9.2% $86,300
63 Coraopolis 5,607 8.3% $91,700
64 Bethlehem 75,240 6.3% $168,600
65 Somerset 6,035 10.0% $119,400
66 Baldwin 19,743 4.8% $125,400
67 Bloomsburg 14,500 5.9% $126,500
68 Sayre 5,525 6.9% $128,200
69 Sugarcreek 5,112 10.1% $79,200
70 California 6,513 12.6% $109,300
71 Pottsville 13,827 6.2% $68,800
72 Meadville 13,105 8.6% $103,800
73 Pittsburgh 305,012 7.0% $108,500
74 Carbondale 8,625 8.0% $88,500
75 Lock Haven 9,540 7.9% $106,800
76 Sharon Hill 5,711 4.0% $123,600
77 Milton 6,926 5.0% $122,200
78 Folcroft 6,620 7.8% $108,800
79 Moosic 5,728 5.7% $152,400
80 Vandergrift 5,037 5.2% $66,900
81 Dunmore 13,412 6.7% $151,800
82 Jefferson Hills 11,244 4.4% $203,300
83 Pittston 7,682 9.0% $91,100
84 Corry 6,451 4.0% $82,400
85 Bellevue 8,269 4.4% $115,300
86 Clifton Heights 6,688 6.1% $130,900
87 East Stroudsburg 10,149 15.6% $148,600
88 Indiana 13,690 13.7% $110,600
89 Huntingdon 7,025 8.1% $112,400
90 Altoona 44,749 6.4% $87,600
91 Punxsutawney 5,848 3.3% $74,700
92 Ephrata 13,785 5.8% $154,200
93 Shippensburg 5,558 4.0% $142,700
94 Lansdowne 10,641 5.9% $159,100
95 Greensburg 14,476 6.2% $123,300
96 Edinboro 6,206 6.2% $157,500
97 Palmyra 7,488 4.9% $147,500
98 Crafton 5,887 5.3% $119,000
99 Bridgeville 5,091 6.5% $125,000
100 Greenville 5,717 4.8% $77,000

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45 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019

  1. The facts are screwed from the get go. You’re comparing cities with different populations. I you compare a city with 20people with 6 crimes being committed of course is it going to be the worse, then a city with 30people with the same number of crimes. What you should be comparing is the nature of crimes. You can’t compare drunk and disorderly to a double homicide.

  2. Shenandoah is a filthy blighted town. Crime rate is high. Drug arrests is common. Drug traffic is from reading, pa and NYC via latino community. Average home cost is 6000.00. there are so many abandoned homes .

    Tamaqua- this is a charming town. Homes are kept up. Downtown area is busy and has businesses. They have invested a lot of money into this town.

    I know…….I live near these areas

  3. This article s a crock of you know what, nothing even mentioning Pittsburg. I’m sorry but Pittsburg should have at least made the list. Just someone’s written opinion, stats are one sided and not accurate .

  4. Hi, Just a FYI not that it really matters but THAT IS NOT A PHOTO OF CORRY! I understand the rating I was born here grew up here ~ IT has just recently become quite crappy. The picture you have of it is not Corry, if you need one for you’re story I can send you one. But that is not ANY location in Corry.
    As for crime , are you taking petty crime? Not much crime here can’t remember the last time they had a murder.

  5. Yep, the great W-B area is pretty bad now. A.K.A Dodge City. Thanks to all the peeps coming in from god knows where. So if these peeps stop coming to Wilkes-Barre and “Ruining” it for everyone who has been living there maybe it could be a better place. Unbelievable what a pit it has become thanks to the all the disrespectful outsiders coming in thinking they found a place to litter,loot and commit all their crime. We have enough problems here and don’t need anymore. It is going to take many more years to fix the problems that are at hand already, Heyna!!! Lol!!!

  6. I’m not so convinced that “population density” should be given the weight it is in your numbers, as it is the metric most open to unscientific assumptions and radical interpretation. “Better= more things to do indoors” seems to be quite an associative leap, as many high-poverty/high-population-density communities across the country can attest. Urban food deserts and cultural wastelands with faltering transportation infrastructure that seem to illustrate that any such “things to do” assumption is a fallacy.

    Additionally, where boundaries are drawn matters significantly. In central PA, many towns are nestled in valleys between mountain ridges that lack development opportunities and hinder travel, making them densely-packed islands without the ability to access opportunities in adjacent resources. These “dense, but isolated” spots would be rated high for their density, despite their lack of any substantive “indoor thing to do” besides hang out at the walmart Friday nights. Yet, this community would be rated higher than one in the rolling foothills with well-planned parkland and ample infrastructure that would residents travel twice as far in half the time, allowing them to choose between hanging out at their local walmart on Friday nights or the one in the next town over…

    Finally, when I look at the numbers for a region like “Pittsburgh”, your population count suggests you’re using the MSA or CSA data. In Pittsburgh’s case, that includes several counties’ worth of data that can take considerable time to traverse, represent some of the most distressed towns in the state and some of the most affluent. Comparing that, in aggregate, seems absurd enough, but by using density as a positive metric like this, a small, rather isolated town like Lewisburg higher, as “more likely to have indoor stuff to do” than a town where you can’t go more than 90 feet in any direction without going past a bar/club/restaurant-that-mostly-serves-alcohol sporting “Stillers” jerseys in the windows?”

  7. You are trying to compare apples and oranges. I live in the Rhone section of Nanticoke, and have for several years now. We still get together in the winter and help each other shovel snow, sit on the porch and have a chat with a neighbor, and wave a friendly hello when you see folk on the street. You assume that if there’s not a ton of things to do entertainment-wise indoors that this counts against us. We in the rural areas don’t need a club and a meal at some fancy restaurant to have fun. How about a picnic at the park with your neighbors, where the kids can play together in the fresh air (gasp!) unplugged from video games. Family hiking, swimming, biking, cross country skiing, there things shouldn’t count against us. I would rather live here where I can take my dog for a walk around the block at 2 am if I want without having to worry about being mugged, thanks. If I want to go to a huge museum, I have a car, and I drive there, but I can’t wait to get back to the small town I call home.

  8. I grew up in Corry and go back anytime I can. That #7 picture isn’t Corry either we don’t have the streets painted on the road.

    1. How dumb can you get? The street notations on the roadway are from Google maps images. They aren’t “painted” on the street. I use to have to travel to Corry as I had an account there, it is as bad as they say. The home town I grew up in in PA is depressing, the jobs have been exported to China and Mexico, the middle class has been decimated, drugs and crime are rampant, it’s not the Beaver Cleaver neighborhood I grew up in. I’m sure for those that stayed the changes are more gradual, but step away for 10-20 years and come back and it can be morbidly depressing. I have relatives still in PA, they wouldn’t think of moving, they think the door will shut behind them and they won’t be able to get back. News Flash- We have things called airplanes and airports, you can be just about anywhere in the U.S in 4-5 hours, and actually get back. There is a huge awesome country out there with lots of great places to visit or live at.

  9. it’s a real shame xenophobia isn’t measured for places because then you get the double whammy of horrible adaptation to post industrial economy + “it’s those brown peoples’ fault”

  10. Crime rates are skewed in places with a large amount of commercial development. That is the case for Dickson City. It does not have a large population, but it does have a great deal of commercial development. When the crimes are divided by the residents, it appears to have a high rate. However, most of that crime is probably in the shopping centers, etc., and not committed against local residents.

  11. I agree that Tamaqua does not deserve to be on the list.

    I’m also not convinced that the Hazelton Area has the 3rd worst school district in the state.

  12. So, in the PA version of this list, population density is a good thing. In the NJ, population density is a bad thing. Keep your story straight!

  13. Lived in Lebanon, Pa. I lived in Philadelphia. I now live in Clearfield, PA. I will tell you that you are all wet with your evaluations. Most of the unemployment problems you cite are due to the demise of heavy industries and the governmental murder of the anthracite and soft coal mining industry. Sorry premise rejected, your urban prejudices are showing.

  14. I would personally like to scrutinize the author and this article. Science and data used to compile this list is laughable. There appear to be no real guidelines or perspective with regards to population, size of municipality nor true fact dogging.
    Tamaqua alone offers all TAHS graduates two free years of continued education. That fact alone skews the education dynamic.
    Furthermore, Tamaqua borough is not the line qualifier for the school district, as it also takes in students from West Penn, Schuylkill, Walker and Rush Township. Those areas have larger lot sizes and represent contributing incomes, quality of life and community sponsorship.
    I find this article to be vastly weakened by the comment science and data used. I also regret losing the 20 mins. In reading and replying, as I will never recoup those.
    Shame, shame.

  15. Tsk. So many people bothered by the fact that they’re told their home city is a pit? Let’s face it; the smtartest move is to leave Pennsylvania as soon as someone is of age.

    Instead of complaining about it, maybe if there were more things for younger generations to actually DO around the towns, they wouldn’t have to turn to getting enjoyment through destroying the area. It was an issue when I was growing up, and now, this is the result after multiple generations. If any — any — of the areas mentioned above were to embrace change rather than desperately hang on to a bygone era of “better times” and look to the future, this wouldn’t be a complete reality.

    It’s a pretty sad state when the biggest conversation on this list is about getting the “right” pictures or who has a Sheetz closest to them! For god sake, let it go. Grow, dammit! Stop living in the boomtown years; they’re gone. Over. Ended. Kaput.

    The state is dead or dying; don’t drag down several generations with it, as well.

    1. Agree completely, the only “industry” left is political corruption. I left 30 years ago for better opportunities and found them. No State Income tax, lower cost of living, paid $1.24 for gas a few months ago. I haven’t had a front end alignment for 30 years and my cars don’t rust out, not to mention enduring long, cold and snowy winters. There are many great places to live in this county, I don’t get the myopic view that you can’t leave home. When I left PA I decided if I didn’t like it where I was going, the highways go in both directions in the country (yes…it’s true) so I could point the car north and hit the gas if I didn’t like it. Not sure why people are afraid to try something new or find better places to exist.

  16. Interesting, but woefully incomplete.
    It is nice to see the Pittsburgh area fares well, but there are many municipalities missing particularly in the suburbs, like Allison Park, McCandless, Richland, Pine, etc.
    Are we to assume that they are good, bad, or somewhere in the middle?
    Try again.

  17. Really? I would put Centralia at the top of the list! Underground coal mine fire spewing toxic gases, and causing most of the town’s residents to evacuate? Almost literally hell on earth!

  18. Heh…

    I live in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, and I totally disagree with this list. Wilkes-Barre at number four? Please. It should be at number one or two. It’s a rotting cesspool of drugs, corruption, and violence. There’s no way Nanticoke beats Wilkes-Barre – all the murders, stabbings, and shootings alone make this a much worse place to be.

  19. Over the years the one consistent thing that I have always heard from anyone who has visited my former hometown of Johnstown, PA is, “oh my God, Johnstown is soooooo damn depressing.” It’s like no other description is available. One size fits all I guess.

  20. Yeah well you take a bunch of these coal mining towns and people with low incomes and then you see people like Hillary Clinton wanting to give socialism a new try where do you think all these new state prisons are located in the old dilapidated towns

  21. Johnstown should be #1. at least in new castle you have brand new highway infrastructure to get you to other areas for jobs. johnstown doesnt have anything

  22. I hate to pick on any one town. Most of Pennsylvania, as someone mentioned previously, has been left to die off as major corporations have moved out, the coal industry is on its death bed–looks that way–and even our own politicians have forgotten those who live in small town Pennsylvania. When I think back to what once was–because I don’t see any salvation. One city in Western Pennsylvania’s Mercer County
    looks as if a bomb was dropped and just allowed to continue to rot. Politicians who continually line there own pockets with tax money just don’t care. I could go on and on.

  23. I am totally shocked Lansford and Coaldale are not on the list. Lansford has many abandon buildings. Hardly any stores. As well as Coaldale .

  24. Why are we discussing the “worst” cities in any state. There is poverty and crime everywhere. No need to embarrass the residents who live there. Am I missing something?

  25. “Corry, PA is an isolated place along Route 6 near the New York state line.”

    Poor research! Taking bare stats at face value tells one little about an area’s features.

    Corry is right on Route 6 as you at least did mention and Downtown Corry is less than one mile off Route 6. Corry is a very historic area geographically and economically with rich history dating back to 1861.

    Given that Route 6 is a major east-west historic corridor, Corry is hardly isolated. In fact, stats show that Corry is in fact within 500 miles of approximately half the population of the US and there is an International airport within 45 minutes of Corry.

    There is so much more to Corry that I don’t have time to go into here. I suggest people spend some time researching Corry online as it is worth a visit for anyone passing by on Route 6.

  26. I left outside of Allentown in 96- burbs outside of Phila and ccity and mainline and bucks Cnty nice – everything else is pensyltucky

    1. Do not move to PA !!! I moved away after highschool lived a wonderful life being away. Came back to PA after death in family and been here for last 6 mnths and I’m so depressed. The people are no it all cocky and cut throat in the workplace. They show 0 respect. It is well appealing. As for the atmosphere and the weather well I’m ready to move back to New Jersey, or back down south to the coastal areas. Before any PA residents start sharing at the mouth think again I’m a bucks county naitive. PA is a disgrace.

      1. Politicans on the state and local levels have raped and pillaged our communities and our citizens for years. Shame!! Same!! Shame!!

      2. I’m a former PA resident (lived there for ~30 years). I moved to a completely different state in a much more urban area, and I cannot describe to you how beneficial this change has been for me. The only good things I can really say about Pennsylvania are that it’s a beautiful state, and that it has many amazing historical sites and state parks/forests.

        Having lived there for as long as I did – in a very, very rural area – I learned quickly that most of the people I interacted with are closed-minded and judgmental. Yes, there are people like that everywhere, but with the isolation that is well-accepted with living rurally, you face dealing with people like this day in and day out. It has been so much more relieving to live in an urban area. Although this state is still a Red state, people here are, as a whole, much more open-minded, willing to think about your opinions instead of telling you that you’re flat out wrong if you disagree with them, etc.

        I love some things about PA. But I’m so glad that I moved. I hope to never move back.

  27. All of these cities keep voting democrat hoping to get free stuff, instead they get drugs, illegal aliens and corrupt politicians.

  28. Why do you have a Google Maps screenshot of Oakland, CA at 0:26 in your video? I mean, the Tribune Tavern building in the background is a dead giveaway.

  29. I lived in Shenandoah my whole life and, like other towns around us, the inner city has found us. You can not control who moves into your community. Every community has a right to be destroyed. It cant all be safe and predominantly white like my town was in the 1980s.

    Industry has been exported and poverty has been imported. One day, your town will be on this list

  30. I’m sorry but Philadelphia definitely should have been on that list if Darby and reading was cause the murder rate and homeless rate is at a all time high.The unemployment rate is very high. The property value is high as well.The education is horrible.The drug problem is outta control. I feel like you should be based on facts. I moved from Philadelphia to Johnstown pa. I got more help here in Johnstown then I ever got living in Philadelphia for 28 years.For it to be a big city it’s very poor as well.

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