Best places to buy rental properties in Pennsylvania

February 25, 2022
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Investing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state of historical firsts. From the First Continental Congress to the first US college (Dickinson College) to the first rollercoaster, Pennsylvania has countless places to explore. The state attracts people looking for high quality universities, a growing economy, and close proximity to the nation's capital and the Big Apple.

The Nophin team crunched the numbers and found the five best places to invest in Pennsylvania rental properties.

Statewide vacancy rates

PA Rental Vacancy Rate via Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, also known as Steel City, is home to some of the best sports teams including the Steelers (NFL), Penguins (NHL), and Pirates (MLB).

  • Population: 302,971
  • Median household income: $50,536
  • Median 1-bedroom monthly rent: $1,255
  • Median listing home price: $249,900

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and historic in the founding of our country.

  • Population: 1,603,797
  • Median household income: $49,127
  • Median 1-bedroom monthly rent: $1,420
  • Median listing home price: $279,900

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, a two hour drive from Philadelphia, is the capital of Pennsylvania. The city is also home to one of the world's largest chocolatiers, Hershey's.

  • Population: 50,099
  • Median household income: $41,831
  • Median 1-bedroom monthly rent: $1,095
  • Median listing home price: $200,000

Lancaster, PA

Lancaster is best known for the largest Amish community in the US.

  • Population: 58,039
  • Median household income: $49,628
  • Median 1-bedroom monthly rent: $1,047
  • Median listing home price: $299,900

Allentown, PA

Allentown is one of PA's fastest growing cities and part of the Lehigh Valley.

  • Population: 125,845
  • Median household income: $43,816
  • Median 1-bedroom monthly rent: $1,577
  • Median listing home price: $236,500

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To help us determine the five best cities in all states, the Nophin team used data from several sources including the 2020 United States Census, the Department of Housing & Urban Development, Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), the National Association of REALTORS®, Zumper, internal data, and other reputable sources.

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