Philadelphia is one of the most exciting cities in the country. There are museums! Parks! Plays! Bars! Restaurants! More bars! It’s beautiful, cultural, and yes, sometimes it can be a bit exhausting. Which is precisely why we’ve created this list of the best places to live near Philadelphia without actually having to be in the city.

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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Here are the 10 best Philadelphia suburbs to live in: 1. Devon, PA
2. Blue Bell, PA
3. Wyncote, PA
4. Bryn Mawr, PA
5. Flourtown, PA
6. Berwyn, PA
7. Swarthmore, PA (tie)
7. Haddonfield, NJ (tie)
9. Narberth, PA
10. Fort Washington, PA
We created this list, not from our own opinions, but from a list of specific criteria. We looked at all of Philadelphia's suburbs in terms of the following:

  • Amenities per capita
  • Standard of living (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student to teacher ratio)
  • Total crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Weather (Lower average summer temperature and better air quality score)
  • High school graduation rate
  • Price of gas
  • Average commute time

Don’t worry, we’ll get more into the methodology at the end of the post. Now, though, let’s take a closer look at just why you’ll love these suburbs.

1. Devon

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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The question isn’t so much what is there to love about Devon, but what is there not to love about Devon. Okay, maybe the cost of living. But seriously, other than that, residents have it pretty good here. Besides, they do make a median of over $142,000 per year. But money isn’t everything. There’s also the little fact that Devon was the safest place for miles near Philadelphia and that more of its residents graduated from high school than anywhere else we looked at. It even has a variety of amenities. Go for a delicious brunch at Black Cat Cafe, grab a massage in the afternoon, or head to the famous Devon Horse Show. Of course this world-renowned horse show only happens once a year, in May, so you better get a move on.

2. Blue Bell

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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Two things you should know right up front about Blue Bell: 1) It’s a wonderful place for families. If you’re looking for a hopping singles scene, you won’t find it here. 2) It’s one of the most affluent communities in the area. In other words, it’s incredibly expensive. Blue Bell is well known for its beautiful mansions and sweeping lawns, its thriving shopping centers, and of course, some of the most delicious food around. Feeling fancy? Head to Radice for some Italian. If you want something on the cheaper but still tasty side, there’s always Blue Bell Pizza. But hey, with a median income of nearly $120,000, it seems like Blue Bell residents can pretty much afford any pizza they want.

3. Wyncote

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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It’s hard to beat the standard of living you’re going to get living in Wyncote. Not only do residents make over $100,000 per year, but their home prices are also relatively low (well, lower than some). For those who are history buffs, or just plain love architecture, Wyncote’s Historic District is where you want to be. There are nearly 200 buildings and homes here, including the famous All Hallows Church, which will make you feel like you’ve taken a step into a different century each time you leave the house. And if you want a big dose of the 21st century, in less than thirty minutes you can be in Philadelphia.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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Just west of Philadelphia lies the sleepy little community of Bryn Mawr. Just kidding, this place is a total college town. It’s home to Bryn Mawr College (FYI - Katherine Hepburn’s Alma Mater) and more amenities per capita than nearly any other place we looked at, from hookah bars and pubs to delicious date night spots like Sola. Plus, the average commute time here is less than 20 minutes, so if all that’s not enough for you, you can keep on truckin’. Literally.

5. Flourtown

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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If you’re looking at moving to Flourtown, chances are you have a family or are looking to start one. If you’re young, single, and ready to mingle, you might want to move on. For those of you looking for a nice, quiet retreat far from the city, though, you’re going to love Flourtown. It is a bit of a drive from Philadelphia (residents here have one of the highest commute times on average), but that’s part of the reason it’s so peaceful. This, and the low crime rate and excellent schools, make Flourtown just as wholesome and family-friendly as it sounds.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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One thing you don’t get too much of in Philly: Nature. Berwyn has it in spades. Even if you’re not the outdoorsy type, Berwyn is still a fine place to live. In fact, it has some of the most amenities per capita in the area, including the locally famous Footlighters Theater. If the variety of restaurants and shops along Lancaster Avenue aren’t quite doing it for you, Berwyn is just about half an hour from Philadelphia.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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You’ll love this little Delaware County community if you’re looking for a place with a vibe of academia. That’s because Swarthmore is home to the beautiful campus of Swarthmore College, and many of the borough’s events and attractions are here. The community is kind of based around it. It’s probably no surprise, then, that Swarthmore residents are among the best educated in the area, with a high school graduation rate of 97 percent. But if you’re moving here with your family, do note that the high school and middle school for the area are actually in nearby Wallingford.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

Don’t let that “NJ” fool you—Haddonfield is a lot closer to Philadelphia than many places on our list, even though it’s in Jersey. We’ll go ahead and mention this first: Haddonfield had the best summer weather out of any place we looked at, with an average temperature of 76 degrees. And what to do on those warm summer days? You can dine at one of Haddonfield’s many restaurants (some of the most per capita), grab a massage, or do some shopping—after all, this little community has been voted to have the “Best Downtown Shopping Area,” by “Courier Post” readers more than once.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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Narberth is pretty much the epitome of small town charm—but with a lot more to do than you’d think. Within just half a mile, this little borough manages to pack in 14 restaurants, five churches, a handful of fitness centers, two supermarkets, several coffee houses, and perhaps most importantly, more than one ice cream shop. It’s a charming, all around adorable community and a wonderful place to raise a family.

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These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs

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Residents in our last suburb have an overall better standard of living than most people in the area, let alone country. Of course that also means the cost of living here is much higher than in the rest of the country, but you get what you pay for. In Fort Washington, what you’re paying for are some of the best schools around, including private schools like Germantown Academy and the oh-so-awesome School of Rock. You’re also getting some of the most amenities per capita in the area, including more restaurants than you’ll know what to do with. Maybe try starting with the Hungry Bear Cafe for brunch and then when you get hungry again, about a week later, head to Cantina Feliz for the pumpkin flan. It’s reason enough to choose Fort Washington.

Close To Philly Without All The Hassle

So there you have it: the 10 best places to live when you love Philadelphia… but you just don’t want to be there all the time. If you’re interested in moving to one of these places, be sure to give us a shout. You tell us where you want to go, and we’ll do the rest for you. It’s as easy as life in Devon. Here’s the part where we tell you a little bit more about the methodology. If you’re not interested, just mosey on and you can check out a table with a longer ranking of Philadelphia’s suburbs. As with any of our Big Deal Lists at Movoto, in creating this one, we relied solely on the facts. We used business listings and AreaVibes to research all of the suburbs surrounding Philadalphia in terms of the following:

  • Amenities per capita
  • Standard of living (cost of living, median home price, median rent, median household income, and student to teacher ratio)
  • Total crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Weather (Higher average summer temperature + better air quality score)
  • High school graduation rate
  • Price of gas
  • Average commute time

Any places that didn’t have complete data were eliminated, which left us with a total of 45 places. We ranked these places from one to 45 in each category, and then averaged these scores into one overall Big Deal Score, where the lower scores went to our best ‘burbs. Best Philadelphia Suburbs Know Philadelphia? Tell us your favorite suburbs in the comments below!