List of cities in Pennsylvania

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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 includes cities with Home Rule Charters, though these are not really cities under state law and are also included in List of Pennsylvania Municipalities and Counties with Home Rule Charters, Optional Charters, or Optional Plans.

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.

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List of cities and towns in Pennsylvania[edit]

† County Seat

Name Type County[2] Class[A] Population (2020 Census)[2][3] Incorporation
date (as city)
Sq Miles[4]
Aliquippa City Beaver Third 9,238 1987 4.19
Allentown† City Lehigh Third 125,845 1867 17.55
Altoona City Blair Third 43,963 1868 9.91
Arnold City Westmoreland Third 4,772 1939 0.73
Beaver Falls City Beaver Third 9,005 1928 2.13
Bethlehem City Lehigh
Northampton
Third 75,781 1917 19.10
Bloomsburg† Town Columbia Third 14,536 1929 4.35
Bradford City McKean Third 7,849 1879 3.35
Butler† City Butler Third 13,502 1816 2.72
Carbondale City Lackawanna Third 8,828 1851 3.24
Chester City Delaware Third 32,605 1866 4.84
Clairton City Allegheny Third 6,181 1922 2.79
Coatesville City Chester Third 13,350 1915 1.81
Connellsville City Fayette Third 7,031 1911 2.18
Corry City Erie Third 6,210 1866 5.99
Du Bois City Clearfield Third 7,510 1914 3.18
Duquesne City Allegheny Third 5,254 1918 1.82
Easton† City Northampton Third 28,127 1887 4.07
Erie† City Erie Third 94,831 1851 19.08
Farrell City Mercer Third 4,258 1932 1.27
Franklin† City Venango Third 6,077 1868 4.68
Greensburg† City Westmoreland Third 14,976 1928 4.06
Harrisburg† City Dauphin Third 50,135 1860 8.13
Hazleton City Luzerne Third 29,963 1891 6.01
Hermitage City Mercer Third 16,230 1976 29.23
Jeannette City Westmoreland Third 8,780 1938 2.39
Johnstown City Cambria Third 18,411 1889 5.89
Lancaster† City Lancaster Third 58,039 1818 7.23
Latrobe City Westmoreland Third 8,060 1999 2.32
Lebanon† City Lebanon Third 26,814 1885 4.17
Lock Haven† City Clinton Third 8,108 1870 2.50
Lower Burrell City Westmoreland Third 11,758 1959 11.26
McCandless Town Allegheny Third 29,709 1851 16.50
McKeesport City Allegheny Third 17,727 1891 5.5
Meadville† City Crawford Third 13,050 1866 4.38
Monessen City Westmoreland Third 6,876 1921 2.89
Monongahela City Washington Third 4,159 1873 1.98
Nanticoke City Luzerne Third 10,628 1926 3.49
New Castle† City Lawrence Third 21,926 1869 8.31
New Kensington City Westmoreland Third 12,170 1934 3.95
Oil City City Venango Third 9,613 1871 4.49
Parker City Armstrong Third 695 1873 0.87
Philadelphia† City Philadelphia First 1,603,7971 1701 134.1
Pittsburgh† City Allegheny Second 302,971 1816 55.37
Pittston City Luzerne Third 7,591 1894 1.55
Pottsville† City Schuylkill Third 13,346 1911 4.89
Reading† City Berks Third 95,112 1847 9.88
St. Marys City Elk Third 12,738 1992 99.32
Scranton† City Lackawanna Second 76,328 1866 25.31
Shamokin City Northumberland Third 6,942 1949 0.83
Sharon City Mercer Third 13,147 1917 3.77
Sunbury† City Northumberland Third 9,719 1920 2.06
Titusville City Crawford Third 5,262 1866 2.90
Uniontown† City Fayette Third 9,984 1864 2.04
Warren† City Warren Third 9,404 1832 2.91
Washington† City Washington Third 13,176 1924 2.95
Wilkes-Barre† City Luzerne Third 40,806 1871 6.98
Williamsport† City Lycoming Third 27,754 1866 8.73
York† City York Third 44,800 1887 5.29
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}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)