A product of thePennsylvania Chamber Foundation

Pennsylvania’s results for the “Quality of Life” measures are mixed. The commonwealth ranked 17th nationally for net increase in population (including domestic and international migration), growing by roughly 105,000 people from 2010 to 2012, however, this pales by comparison to the growth in excess of half a million people in both Florida and Texas. The commonwealth does not compare as favorably on the domestic migration measure, ranking 44th among the states, and showing a significant imbalance in the flow of population to other states. Both of these metrics show Pennsylvania losing ground in the rankings compared to other states, dropping from a rank of 8th in 2009 to 44th in 2012 in domestic migration and from 9th to 17th in net migration.

Pennsylvania’s housing affordability index ranking is 12th among the states for affordability of single-family housing. The metric below is based on the Purchase-Only index, which reflects average price changes in repeat sales or refinancings on the same properties. Data represents the seasonally adjusted annual percentage change in home values in the 1st quarter of each year.

In measures of safety, Pennsylvania improved 5 places since 2009. In 2015 the commonwealth ranked 22nd in its crime rate where a rank of 1 is the state with the lowest number of violent crimes per 100,000 population and the 50th rank has the highest number.

  2009 to Most Recent Change Most Recent PA Score Most Recent Median Score Most Recent PA Rank 2009 to Most Recent Change in Rank
State to State Domestic Migration 55,974 -30,204 4,017 44 -36
Net Migration 44,544 30,980 17,619 17 -8
Housing Affordability: Single Family Housing Price Index 12.59 204.40 221.22 12 +3
Safety: Crime Rates per 100,000 People 69 313 358 21 +6