Deciding where to raise a family is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so it’s important to take many things into account. Nerdwallet.com made rankings of the
best places in Pennsylvania for young families. They took into account the school systems, cost of living, and growth rate of the towns. Here are some of their results.
1. Jefferson Hills
Jefferson Hills has less crime than the state and national average. Located not far from Pittsburgh, it is home to some of Pennsylvania's best schools.
Greensburg is a major center of arts and culture in western Pennsylvania, as well as a hub of tourism and academics.
In 2010, Philadelphia Magazine ranked Phoenixville one of the "10 Awesome Neighborhoods to Call Home." Also, each year Phoenixville holds Blobfest to commemorate the filming of the 1958 movie, "The Blob" at the Colonial Theatre.
Broomall's school district is top-notch, offering high school students a variety of AP and honors courses.
The Kugel Ball in Lansdale is a unique structure that features a heavy ball that is supported only by a heavily pressurized layer of water. Lansdale is a safe area with very good schools.
Emmaus is one of the most charming towns in Pennsylvania. Located right outside of Allentown, it has a small-town feel with all the perks of a bigger city. Good schools, plenty of parks, and great times abound.
7. Willow Grove
Willow Grove is a suburb located to the north of Philadelphia. The William Grove Amusement Park was once a major attraction located here, though today a mall stands where the park once was.
Hershey might be a fun place to raise kids due to the proximity of Hershey Park, but it's also a good choice for some other reasons. The schools here are wonderful, and it is a safe community.
9. Allison Park
Allison Park is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. The school districts here are wonderful, and Pittsburgh isn't too far away.
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