These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania

We used science and data to determine which cities in PA are the real pits.

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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 258 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. New Castle
  2. Nanticoke
  3. Johnstown
  4. Wilkes-Barre
  5. Shenandoah
  6. Corry
  7. Hazleton
  8. Dickson City
  9. Tamaqua
  10. Chester

You’re probably thinking, “Where the heck are those places?” Before you get all riled up, we understand there’s a lot of good in every place. We’re not picking on rural America.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and friendly people), there are far better options in Pennsylvania for making a place home.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared. Pittsburgh is somewhere in the middle. Philadelphia trends toward worse, and State College is one of the best places you can live in the state.

The best place to live in Pennsylvania? That would be Penn Wynne, by far. And everyone can take solace in the fact that, at the very least, none of these places are in New Jersey.

How do you decide if a place has some real issues or not?

In order to rank the worst places to live in PA, 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, great weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, asked for the opposite of those, 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 government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse – meaning there’s less to do for indoor entertainment)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • High Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education (Low expenditures per student and high Student Teacher Ratio)
  • High Crime

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

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1. New Castle

Source: Google Maps

Population: 23,290

When you’re looking at science and data, the city of New Castle is by far the worst place you can live in the state of Pennsylvania. Let’s see why.

First off, New Castle has the 6th highest crime rate in the state of Pennsylvania. Is that a surprise? You have a 1 in 21 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year you spend in New Castle city limits. That means a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and hoagies.

Plus, in terms of violent crimes, you have a 1 in 108 chance of being the victim of a violent crime such as a rape or aggravated assault.

Additionally, at 6.7%, New Castle has the 11th highest unemployment rate in PA, and home values are only $58,000.

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Considering New Castle falls well below the state average in all other statistics, it’s simply far and away the worst place you can live if you make Pennsylvania your home. No wonder the population here has dropped 11% in the last 10 years.

New Castle is located an hour north of Pittsburgh.

2. Nanticoke

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,459

Just where is little Nanticoke? A little bit southwest of Scranton. And, boy are the schools pretty bad here, when comparing them to the rest of the state. Public school kids who live in Nanticoke get the 4th lowest spending per student and the 4th lowest amount of attention per student. That means overcrowded schools.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is at 6.5% and crime is in the worst 15% in the state. Home prices hover near $61,000. Not a good sign.

3. Johnstown

Source: Google Maps

Population: 20,986

Welcome to Johnstown, which might be one of the poorest areas in the state. Residents average $25,000 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 26% of Johnstown residents live below the poverty level.

Homes here go for an average of $43,000 and the unemployment rate hovers near 7%. 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.

4. Wilkes-Barre

Source: Google Maps

Population: 41,463

Wilkes-Barre, also just south of Scranton, is the largest city to make this list. Here, the public schools are also well underfunded. The unemployment rate is at 7%, and homes go for an average of $51,000 each.

Plus, the crime rate here is far above the state average. There were 12 murders here in 2013. Wow.

A thread on asking how Wilkes-Barre can be fixed is filled with comments ranging from job growth to cultural assimilation. For now, it’s a real pit, unfortunately.

5. Shenandoah

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,074

Shenandoah is a borough located in the mining region 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Anyone with a pulse can purchase a home here; average homes sell for $33,000.

Say what you want about ‘cheap living.’ Homes are priced by demand, and there’s absolutely no demand to live in Shenandoah. The average family earns about $28,000 a year here.

6. Corry

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,589

Corry, PA is an isolated place along Route 6 near the New York state line. Besides the fact that residents might have to drive really far to get their Sheetz fix, the numbers indicate it’s a pretty lousy place, overall.

Homes sell for $65,000, income levels hover near $30,000, and the crime is above state average.

7. Hazleton

Source: Google Maps

Population: 25,166

Hazleton really has a mess on its hands. The unemployment rate is sky high at 10.8%, which is the absolute highest in PA. The schools are the 3rd worst in the state. They’re underfunded and way overcrowded.

Plus, households bring in a paltry $31,200 a year in combined income.

It’s a former coal mining town south of Wilkes-Barre that’s seen its population shrink around 20% in the last 30 years. Not a very desirable place, indeed.

8. Dickson City

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,088

It’s official, the greater Scranton area is the worst place you can live in the state of Pennsylvania. Dickson City, a northern Scranton burb, has crime levels far above the state average, and an unemployment rate of 6.2%.

The public schools here are in the bottom 20% as well.

9. Tamaqua

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,064

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

Here, homes are priced at $45,000, and residents earn around $31,000 a year, combined. Crime and education aren’t horrible, but they’re not great, either.

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

10. Chester

Source: Google Maps

Population: 34,127

Chester, PA needs a big hug right now. The unemployment rate here is 9%, the median income is just above the poverty line, and the crime is the 7th highest in the state. You have a 1 in 28 chance of being robbed here every year.

Oh yeah, and they had 22 murders in 2013.

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

There You Have It

If you’re looking at areas in PA with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime and low-rated schools, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, Philadelphia has the 9th highest unemployment rate in the state (6.8%) and the 14th highest crime rate. Pittsburgh has the 20th highest crime rate, and its unemployment rate looks solid at 4.8%.
Mobile users: Here’s a link to the complete data chart.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the best places to live in Pennsylvania, according to science. They are all areas located on the western or northern side of Philadelphia.

  1. Penn Wynne (Pop. 5,912)
  2. Oreland (Pop. 5,692)
  3. Glenside (Pop. 7,467)
  4. Wyndmoor (Pop. 5,742)
  5. Montgomeryville (Pop. 12,905)

We also wrote a story on the 10 most redneck cities in PA. Click here to read it.

Disclaimer: This article is an opinion based on data. It should not be taken as fact.

City Population Worst Score Rank
New Castle 23,290 36.25 1
Nanticoke 10,459 43.17 2
Johnstown 20,976 48.83 3
Wilkes-Barre 41,463 53.42 4
Shenandoah 5,073 55.75 5
Corry 6,589 55.83 6
Hazleton 25,166 56 7
Dickson City 6,088 57.58 8
Tamaqua 7,064 58.33 9
Chester 34,127 60.75 10
Reading 87,926 60.83 11
Bradford 8,766 60.92 12
Plymouth 5,964 62.25 13
Scranton 76,021 63.17 14
Pittston 7,740 63.92 15
Farrell 5,047 65.25 16
Clearfield 6,203 67.75 17
Sunbury 9,917 68.42 18
Uniontown 10,424 68.67 19
Mckeesport 19,877 69.17 20
Carbondale 8,903 69.33 21
Pottsville 14,315 69.83 22
Moosic 5,694 70.58 23
Sharon 14,060 70.67 24
Exeter 5,660 71.17 25
Punxsutawney 5,965 71.25 26
Connellsville 7,694 71.92 27
Aliquippa 9,497 71.92 27
Lebanon 25,495 72.75 29
York 43,677 72.83 30
Ambridge 7,042 73.25 31
Somerset 6,267 73.5 32
Dubois 7,785 73.92 33
Archbald 6,993 74.17 34
Erie 101,454 74.5 35
Beaver Falls 8,945 75.58 36
Titusville 5,601 76.17 37
Allentown 117,942 76.33 38
Monessen 7,732 76.58 39
Williamsport 29,441 77.5 40
Taylor 6,267 77.75 41
swoyersville 5066 78.58 42
greenville 5936 79.67 43
milton 7050 80.25 44
arnold 5150 80.75 45
altoona 46434 82.25 46
stroudsburg 5623 82.92 47
new_brighton 6026 84.58 48
ellwood_city 7958 84.67 49
selinsgrove 5624 84.75 50
dunmore 14081 84.92 51
harrisburg 49401 85 52
duquesne 5639 85.25 53
edinboro 6466 86 54
franklin 6540 86.17 55
franklin 6540 86.17 55
olyphant 5154 86.25 57
tyrone 5476 86.33 58
latrobe 8346 86.67 59
lancaster 59205 87.33 60
california 6762 88.25 61
lewistown 8372 88.58 62
mount_carmel 5897 90 63
blakely 6587 90.08 64
chambersburg 20217 90.08 64
butler 13798 90.42 66
new_kensington 13157 91.17 67
philadelphia 1525811 91.42 68
oil_city 10541 92.08 69
schuylkill_haven 5411 92.42 70
vandergrift 5197 93.5 71
clairton 6854 93.83 72
lock_haven 9750 94.58 73
darby 10648 96 74
west_mifflin 20335 96.17 75
berwick 10476 97.17 76
kingston 13180 98.17 77
greensburg 14881 98.42 78
warren 9672 98.92 79
bethlehem 75016 99.33 80
hermitage 16252 99.67 81
easton 26885 99.83 82
bloomsburg 14608 100.08 83
washington 13720 100.58 84
sugarcreek 5278 101.67 85
palmerton 5419 103.33 86
mckees_rocks 6103 103.33 86
meadville 13370 103.92 88
lehighton 5495 105.83 89
monaca 5749 106.58 90
clarion 5253 107 91
sayre 5574 107.17 92
bangor 5279 107.33 93
old_forge 8323 107.67 94
lower_burrell 11765 108.58 95
jeannette 9672 108.83 96
huntingdon 7083 109.25 97
steelton 5982 109.75 98
wilson 7895 110.25 99
coraopolis 5675 110.33 100
waynesboro 10568 111.67 101
east_stroudsburg 9903 112.5 102
nazareth 5773 113.5 103
pittsburgh 306430 114.17 104
collingdale 8782 114.5 105
mountain_top 10932 115.92 106
shamokin 7370 116 107
red_lion 6378 116.17 108
arlington_heights 6202 117.67 109
yeadon 11477 118.17 110
fullerton 15401 119.08 111
homeacre-lyndora 6949 119.25 112
norristown 34217 120.83 113
wilkinsburg 16026 121.17 114
south_williamsport 6370 122.17 115
shippensburg 5371 122.92 116
sharon_hill 5680 124.33 117
pottstown 22388 124.67 118
grove_city 8277 125 119
folcroft 6617 126.75 120
carlisle 18727 126.83 121
hanover 15315 126.92 122
swissvale 8968 127 123
northampton 9933 127.67 124
quakertown 8995 127.75 125
st._marys 13095 127.83 126
hollidaysburg 5810 128 127
oxford 5069 128.08 128
parkville 6847 128.25 129
hershey 13890 128.33 130
clifton_heights 6645 129.17 131
bristol 9739 129.42 132
northwest_harborcreek 9138 129.67 133
clarks_summit 5115 130.42 134
emmaus 11268 132.25 135
kutztown 5010 132.5 136
canonsburg 8964 133.08 137
westmont 5159 133.25 138
hellertown 5900 133.25 138
carnegie 7965 133.25 138
coatesville 13029 133.33 141
turtle_creek 5361 134.33 142
enola 6062 136 143
glenolden 7160 136 143
colonial_park 13278 136 143
indiana 14026 137 146
lewisburg 5804 138.83 147
white_oak 7875 139.5 148
weigelstown 13191 139.58 149
doylestown 8381 141.08 150
bellevue 8362 142.17 151
columbia 10413 142.92 152
murrysville_municipality 20075 144.42 153
brookhaven 8019 144.5 154
perkasie 8542 144.67 155
mount_joy 7515 144.75 156
leola 6916 144.83 157
catasauqua 6465 145.58 158
birdsboro 5168 145.67 159
monroeville_municipality 28322 145.75 160
woodlyn 9377 145.83 161
shanor-northvue 5178 146.08 162
sierra_view 5359 146.67 163
carnot-moon 11184 146.67 163
mechanicsburg 8966 146.75 165
wyomissing 10489 147.17 166
shillington 5274 147.42 167
wescosville 5970 147.67 168
willow_street 7210 147.67 168
munhall 11405 148.25 170
new_holland 5384 148.33 171
ephrata 13426 148.75 172
palmyra 7352 150.92 173
east_york 8911 151.08 174
shiloh 11257 151.08 174
downingtown 7910 151.75 176
economy 9016 153.33 177
jefferson_hills 10679 154.08 178
plum 27147 154.17 179
middletown 7639 154.75 180
middletown 7639 154.75 180
crafton 5971 154.83 182
brentwood 9648 154.83 182
blandon 7078 155 184
bridgeville 5144 155.33 185
media 5334 156.67 186
ancient_oaks 7709 157.25 187
baldwin 19723 157.33 188
progress 9876 157.83 189
croydon 10269 157.83 189
lansdowne 10634 157.83 189
norwood 5887 158.17 192
schlusser 5020 158.25 193
ridley_park 7008 159.33 194
millersville 8182 160.25 195
elizabethtown 11579 160.5 196
west_chester 18656 161.08 197
oakmont 6323 161.75 198
drexel_hill 27657 163.5 199
west_view 6777 164 200
fernway 11979 165.08 201
whitehall 13932 165.25 202
castle_shannon 8301 165.67 203
lititz 9366 166.08 204
paxtonia 5047 166.5 205
prospect_park 6457 166.5 205
broomall 11006 166.5 205
lower_allen 6489 166.92 208
lansdale 16278 167.42 209
fairless_hills 8897 169.33 210
plymouth_meeting 5695 172.5 211
new_cumberland 7272 172.5 211
richboro 6090 172.67 213
linglestown 6593 174.17 214
village_green-green_ridge 7958 174.67 215
camp_hill 7858 175 216
horsham 14760 175.25 217
harleysville 9128 175.33 218
dormont 8609 175.67 219
kennett_square 6054 175.83 220
king_of_prussia 20129 176 221
forest_hills 6524 176.17 222
folsom 8539 176.75 223
pleasant_hills 8271 177 224
lionville 6229 178.83 225
sanatoga 8360 179.33 226
park_forest_village 10068 179.67 227
ambler 6443 180.67 228
allison_park 22098 180.92 229
willow_grove 16105 182 230
whitfield 5097 182.58 231
audubon 8503 182.83 232
franklin_park 13462 183.33 233
bellefonte 6248 183.75 234
souderton 6640 184 235
phoenixville 16430 184 235
kulpsville 7851 184.5 237
swarthmore 6195 185.33 238
paoli 5456 186.33 239
conshohocken 7825 188 240
state_college 42008 188.25 241
levittown 52145 188.33 242
glenshaw 8782 188.58 243
fox_chapel 5393 189.83 244
hatboro 7362 190.67 245
upper_st._clair 19233 191 246
blue_bell 5915 191.67 247
collegeville 5114 192.25 248
fort_washington 5236 194 17
bethel_park_municipality 32285 195.17 250
trooper 5787 199.17 251
ardmore 12647 199.5 252
maple_glen 6692 202.75 253
montgomeryville 12905 203.67 254
wyndmoor 5724 205 255
glenside 7467 205.17 256
oreland 5692 209.83 257
penn_wynne 5912 222.5 258

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40 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Pennsylvania

  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.

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

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