Neighborhoods

Niche Names Chesterbrook The Best Place to Live in Pennsylvania (Again)

But its standing among the best places to live in the country slipped several notches from last year.


Photo: Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Chesterbrook is the best place to live in Pennsylvania, according to the graders at Niche.com.

But it’s no longer the second-best place to live in America.

Chesterbrook ranked in ninth place on Niche.com’s 2019 list of “Best Places To Live In America.”  Last year Chesterbrook ranked as the second-best place to live in America, but it slipped down the chart this year. In its place stands Carmel, Ind., right behind the Bluemont neighborhood in Arlington, Va., which took the gold for 2019.

Niche’s rankings are based on letter grades it assigns communities in several areas, including public schools, housing, jobs, family-friendliness, cost of living, crime and safety, nightlife, diversity, health and fitness, weather, and length of commute. Carmel received only B or better grades for its national ranking, including A-plus grades in five of the 12 categories. Like Carmel, Chesterbrook also received an overall grade of A-plus from Niche, but it received only three A-plus grades. It also got only C-plus grades for weather and cost of living and no crime and safety grade at all.

Despite its drop, Chesterbrook remains the number-one best place to live in Pennsylvania. This suburban community in Chester County near Valley Forge is loaded with excellent schools. Job opportunities also abound for any new families moving into the neighborhood. Most residents are homeowners who tend to settle in for years. There is only a small percentage of people who rent and remain there. Currently, 4,675 residents call it home.

Resident reviews on Niche confirm Chesterbrook is a great place to raise a family, and it’s located just 45 minutes from Center City.  According to a Niche spokesperson, “In Chesterbrook, there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and retirees live in Chesterbrook and residents tend to have moderate political views.” College graduates and experienced professionals are very likely to be found throughout the area. The community’s design encourages quiet living and responsible residents.