List of cities in Pennsylvania

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Alllentown, Pennsylvania

There are 57 cities in Pennsylvania.[1] Pennsylvania cities may theoretically be first-class, second-class, second-class A, or third-class (of which there are 54), according to population and adoption of certain ordinances. However, all first-class (of which there is 1), second-class (of which there is 1), and second-class A (of which there is 1) cities, as well as 24 third-class cities, have adopted Home Rule Charters, which change a city's relationship with the state so much that they are generally no longer considered to be a city under state law. However, they are still towns and boroughs and townships, this list does include cities with Home Rule Charters, as, unlike in the previous cases, excluding them would severely limit the comprehensibility of this list. As in those previous cases, however, it should be strongly emphasized that these are not really cities under state law, and they are therefore also listed in "List of Pennsylvania Municipalities and Counties with Home Rule Charters, Optional Charters, or Optional Plans," and are indicated below.

In addition to Home Rule Charters, third-class cities were able to adopt Optional Charters from 1957 to 1972, and all cities (since 1972) have been able to adopt Optional Plans. Optional Charters and Plans function approximately the same way, the major difference being that new applications for the former are no longer accepted and that the latter has been generalized to apply to any municipality in the state. The third-class cities which adopted Optional Charters before 1972 and have not since adopted Home Rule Charters, of which there are 11, still retain them. In addition, 3 third-class cities have Optional Plans. Optional Charters and Plans function mostly to allow the city (or any other municipality, in the case of Optional Plans) to design its own form of local government, but do not significantly change the relationship between the city (or other municipality) and the state, and therefore these cities are still considered cities under state law. Finally, the City of Parker employs a unique (for Pennsylvania cities) form of local government, that of the weak mayor council form, which is established under a special law uniquely for that city; it is still considered a city under state law. Because of Home Rule Charters, Optional Charters, Optional Plans, and Parker's unique situation, only 14 of Pennsylvania's cities still use one of the two standard forms of Pennsylvania city government, the council-manager or mayor-council forms.

List of cities and towns in Pennsylvania[edit]

Philadelphia

† County Seat

Name Type County[2] Class[A] Population (2018 Census)[2][3] Incorporation
date (as city)
Sq Miles[4]
Aliquippa City Beaver Third 8,908 1987 4.19
Allentown† City Lehigh Third 121,433 1867 17.55
Altoona City Blair Third 43,702 1868 9.91
Arnold City Westmoreland Third 4,980 1939 0.73
Beaver Falls City Beaver Third 8,387 1928 2.13
Bethlehem City Lehigh
Northampton
Third 76,239 1917 19.10
Bloomsburg† Town Columbia Third 14,536 1929 4.35
Bradford City McKean Third 8,305 1879 3.35
Butler† City Butler Third 13,107 1918 2.72
Carbondale City Lackawanna Third 8,447 1851 3.24
Chester City Delaware Third 34,077 1866 4.84
Clairton City Allegheny Third 6,611 1922 2.79
Coatesville City Chester Third 13,123 1915 1.81
Connellsville City Fayette Third 7,368 1911 2.18
Corry City Erie Third 6,347 1866 5.99
Du Bois City Clearfield Third 8,767 1914 3.18
Duquesne City Allegheny Third 5,547 1918 1.82
Easton† City Northampton Third 27,109 1887 4.07
Erie† City Erie Third 97,369 1851 19.08
Farrell City Mercer Third 4,687 1932 1.27
Franklin† City Venango Third 6,078 1868 4.68
Greensburg† City Westmoreland Third 14,299 1928 4.06
Harrisburg† City Dauphin Third 49,229 1860 8.13
Hazleton City Luzerne Third 24,723 1891 6.01
Hermitage City Mercer Third 15,635 1976 29.23
Jeannette City Westmoreland Third 9,133 1938 2.39
Johnstown City Cambria Third 19,447 1889 5.89
Lancaster† City Lancaster Third 59,420 1818 7.23
Latrobe City Westmoreland Third 8,436 1999 2.32
Lebanon† City Lebanon Third 25,770 1885 4.17
Lock Haven† City Clinton Third 9,284 1870 2.50
Lower Burrell City Westmoreland Third 11,228 1959 11.26
McCandless Town Allegheny Third 28,563
McKeesport City Allegheny Third 19,245 1891 5.5
Meadville† City Crawford Third 12,973 1866 4.38
Monessen City Westmoreland Third 7,339 1921 2.89
Monongahela City Washington Third 4,146 1873 1.98
Nanticoke City Luzerne Third 10,279 1926 3.49
New Castle† City Lawrence Third 22,069 1869 8.31
New Kensington City Westmoreland Third 12,466 1934 3.95
Oil City City Venango Third 9,863 1871 4.49
Parker City Armstrong Third 810 1873 0.87
Philadelphia† City Philadelphia First 1,584,981 1701 134.1
Pittsburgh† City Allegheny Second 302,407 1816 55.37
Pittston City Luzerne Third 7,694 1894 1.55
Pottsville† City Schuylkill Third 13,557 1911 4.89
Reading† City Berks Third 89,872 1847 9.88
St. Marys City Elk Third 12,370 1992 99.32
Scranton† City Lackawanna Second A 77,182 1866 25.31
Shamokin City Northumberland Third 7,234 1949 0.83
Sharon City Mercer Third 13,259 1917 3.77
Sunbury† City Northumberland Third 9,519 1920 2.06
Titusville City Crawford Third 5,239 1866 2.90
Uniontown† City Fayette Third 9,824 1864 2.04
Warren† City Warren Third 9,162 1832 2.91
Washington† City Washington Third 13,566 1924 2.95
Wilkes-Barre† City Luzerne Third 40,806 1871 6.98
Williamsport† City Lycoming Third 30,178 1866 8.73
York† City York Third 44,118 1887 5.29
Erie Pa
A.As noted above, these designations do not have any legal meaning for those cities with Home Rule Charters, but they are useful for categorization purposes.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "PA Municipalities List". dced.pa.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  2. ^ a b "ClearGov". www.cleargov.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ Population of Cities in Pennsylvania
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing, 1990 [United States]: Tiger/Census Tract Comparability File". 1992-10-31. doi:10.3886/icpsr09810. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)