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Top 5 Rising Towns in Philadelphia County

By Elizabeth Elstien

Philadelphia County is the most populous county in the Keystone State and consists of various towns and cities that form the larger area known as Philadelphia, of which the city of Brotherly Love itself is part of. Considered part of the Delaware Valley, in the late 1600s Quaker William Penn founded a smaller version of the county as we know it today.

Aside from the big city of Philadelphia, which is filled with American history, there are many diverse and dynamic neighborhoods within Philly. Find out which towns have what it takes to be considered one of the top five up-and-coming towns in Philadelphia County.

  1. Roxborough. Primarily a working-class area where the average salary ranges from $39,000 to $47,000 has a population of 56,000. The commercial area has recently been awarded a large grant toward its revitalization, which is a good sign. Parts of this town are slowly become more upscale, so the time to buy here is now before the prices become too high. Single-family homes run as much as $314,000.
  2. Olney. With a population of about 22,000, Olney is a great place to get away from the hustle of the city. Manufacturing is key and the local businesss association is important. Rolling hills with a mix of large old farm houses and more urban homes make Olney an attractive place to purchase a home. Single-family homes average about $100,000.
  3. Bustleton. A smaller city of over 35,000 people, Bustleton was started as a farming and trading area. This largely mixed-ethnic residential area also has lots of businesses, such as retail and health and social service organizations. The town is also home to American Heritage Federal Credit Union, which is the sixth largest credit union in Pennsylvania. Located in the Far Northeast area where duplexes are known as "twins," single-family homes average $210,000. Condos are also affordable at $88,000 average selling price.
  4. Germantown. Conveniently located about 8 miles from central Philadelphia and rich in Colonial-era history, many historic buildings from this time period are still standing. There is an average salary range of $30,000 to $122,000 with a large population of 125,000. Germantown has numerous single-family homes available averaging $275,000 with the few condos listed selling for an average price of $230,000.
  5. Bella Vista/Southwark Want a little slice of true ethnic Americana, try the Bella Vista/Southwark area in South Philadelphia. This mostly working-class area is close to Philadelphia National Airport. Bella Vista is mostly an Italian area known for its specialty brunch meals, Southwark is a more diverse ethnic mix. Salaries average $50,000. There are many single-family homes for sale with an average price of $261,000.
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