List of cities in Pennsylvania

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This is a list of cities in Pennsylvania, of which there are 57. 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 considered cities for classification purposes. Unlike other similar lists for Pennsylvania's 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[edit]

Name County Class[1] Population (2017 Census) Incorporation
date (as city)
Home Rule/Charter/Plan(?)
Aliquippa Beaver Third 9,006 1987 No
Allentown Lehigh Third 121,283 1867 Home Rule
Altoona Blair Third 44,098 1868 Home Rule
Arnold Westmoreland Third 4,903 1939 No
Beaver Falls Beaver Third 8,483 1928 No
Bethlehem Lehigh
Northampton
Third 75,707 1917 Charter
Bradford McKean Third 8,305 1879 No
Butler Butler Third 13,107 1918 No
Carbondale Lackawanna Third 8,447 1851 Home Rule
Chester Delaware Third 34,077 1866 Home Rule
Clairton Allegheny Third 6,611 1922 Home Rule
Coatesville Chester Third 13,123 1915 Home Rule
Connellsville Fayette Third 7,368 1911 No
Corry Erie Third 6,347 1866 No
Du Bois Clearfield Third 8,197 1914 Plan
Duquesne Allegheny Third 5,547 1918 No
Easton Northampton Third 27,109 1887 Home Rule
Erie Erie Third 97,369 1851 Charter
Farrell Mercer Third 4,687 1932 Home Rule
Franklin Venango Third 6,137 1868 Home Rule
Greensburg Westmoreland Third 14,299 1928 Home Rule
Harrisburg Dauphin Third 49,192 1860 Charter
Hazleton Luzerne Third 24,723 1891 Plan
Hermitage Mercer Third 15,635 1976 Home Rule
Jeannette Westmoreland Third 9,190 1938 No
Johnstown Cambria Third 19,643 1889 Home Rule
Lancaster Lancaster Third 59,708 1818 Charter
Latrobe Westmoreland Third 7,949 1999 Home Rule
Lebanon Lebanon Third 25,770 1885 Home Rule
Lock Haven Clinton Third 9,284 1870 Charter
Lower Burrell Westmoreland Third 11,228 1959 No
McKeesport Allegheny Third 19,245 1891 Home Rule
Meadville Crawford Third 12,973 1866 Charter
Monessen Westmoreland Third 7,339 1921 No
Monongahela Washington Third 4,146 1873 No
Nanticoke Luzerne Third 10,279 1926 Home Rule
New Castle Lawrence Third 22,069 1869 Charter
New Kensington Westmoreland Third 12,466 1934 No
Oil City Venango Third 9,863 1871 Charter
Parker Armstrong Third 810 1873 No
Philadelphia Philadelphia First 1,580,863 1701 Home Rule
Pittsburgh Allegheny Second 302,407 1816 Home Rule
Pittston Luzerne Third 7,694 1894 Home Rule
Pottsville Schuylkill Third 13,625 1911 No
Reading Berks Third 88,423 1847 Home Rule
St. Marys Elk Third 12,370 1992 Home Rule
Scranton Lackawanna Second A 77,605 1866 Home Rule
Shamokin Northumberland Third 7,016 1949 No
Sharon Mercer Third 13,259 1917 Home Rule
Sunbury Northumberland Third 9,519 1920 No
Titusville Crawford Third 5,323 1866 Charter
Uniontown Fayette Third 9,824 1864 No
Warren Warren Third 9,162 1832 Home Rule
Washington Washington Third 13,566 1924 No
Wilkes-Barre Luzerne Third 40,806 1871 Home Rule
Williamsport Lycoming Third 28,462 1866 Charter
York York Third 44,132 1887 Charter
  1. 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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