If you’re an ambitious young professional, odds are you’re already spending enough energy trying to maintain a precarious work-life balance, so finding the time to research all the best suburbs for young professionals near Philadelphia never quite makes it to the top of your long to-do list. These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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That’s why we’ve done the work for you. If your city-dwelling days are over, and you’re looking for a quiet place with a reasonable commute to settle down and focus, we’ve got your back. These 10 Philadelphia suburbs are the best spots near the city for a young ambitious person like you: 1. Swarthmore, PA
2. Laurel Springs, NJ
3. Ramblewood, NJ
4. Haddon Heights, NJ
5. Barrington, NJ
6. Jenkintown, PA
7. Glenside, PA
8. Drexel Hill, PA
9. King of Prussia, PA
10. Oreland, PA
We created this list by researching Philadelphia’s suburbs in terms of the following important criteria for young professionals:
  • Unemployment rate (the lower the better)
  • Percent of population aged 18-34
  • Percent of population who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Median earnings for those who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Percent of population who work in management, business, financial or other professional fields
  • Cost of living (the lower the better)
We then analyzed the data and weighted the most important factors for a young professional, which we’ll tell you all about at the end. For now, let’s take a look at the 10 suburbs that made the cut.

1. Swarthmore

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: Ranked second at 1.96 percent
  • People aged 18-34: Second place at 31.55 percent
  • People who work in professional fields: 69.49 percent

Pros:

Swarthmore is conveniently located just 25 minutes by public transit or 30 minutes by car from downtown Philadelphia, making it a perfect spot for commuters. Young professionals in this suburb will also be around peers, with about a third of the residents in the 18-34 age range, and almost 70 percent in professional occupations.

Cons:

If all your work hasn’t literally paid off yet, Swarthmore may be a bit out of reach. The cost of living index in Swarthmore is 140, which ranks 37th when compared to other suburbs we researched.

2. Laurel Springs

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
Source: Laurel Springs New Jersey Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: The fifth lowest
  • People aged 18-34: 24.08 percent

Pros:

Laurel Springs is a more affordable option for young professionals. The cost of living index is 114, which earned Laurel Springs fifth place in that category. This suburb also has a high number of residents in the 18-34 age range and is just a 30 minute drive to downtown Philadelphia.

Cons:

If you’re looking for a quick commute by public transportation, Laurel Springs may not be the best bet. It takes a little over an hour to get to Philadelphia, unless you drive to cut the time in half. Also, only 19 percent of Laurel Springs residents have attained a bachelor’s degree.

3. Ramblewood

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • People with a bachelor’s degree: 36.94 percent
  • Bachelor’s degree median earnings: $65,119

Pros:

Ramblewood is a thirty-minute drive from Philadelphia, making it a convenient location to commute by car. Many residents hold bachelor’s degrees, and the median earnings with a bachelor’s degree is $65,119. The area also offers plenty of shopping and dining, both independent and big box, around Moorestown Mall.

Cons:

Unemployment in Ramblewood is a little higher, at 5.24 percent, as is the cost of living index at 127. It may also be harder for young professionals to find friends in their age group, since only 20.2 percent of Ramblewood residents are 18-34 years old. Getting to Philadelphia by public transportation also requires several transfers and takes almost two hours.

4. Haddon Heights

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • People with a bachelor’s degree: 32.26 percent
  • Bachelor’s degree median earnings: $71,551

Pros:

For young professionals who aren’t necessarily early birds, Haddon Heights is just a twenty minute commute by car to Philadelphia, so you can squeeze in those extra Zzz’s. Many Haddon Heights residents also hold bachelor’s degrees, and the median earnings for those with a bachelor’s degree is $71,551.

Cons:

The unemployment rank in Haddon Heights ranks 26th, since 5.28 percent of residents are unemployed. There are also fewer residents aged 18-34 with just 17.63 percent.

5. Barrington

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
Source: “The Rail” – Old Rail Tavern – Barrington N.J. Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: 6th lowest cost of living
  • People aged 18-34: 24.01 percent
  • Bachelor’s degree median earnings: $66,071

Pros:

Barrington is a suburb that offers an affordable cost of living and plenty of peers for young professionals. The cost of living index is 115, and 24 percent of residents are between 18-34 years old. The Old Rail Tavern offers an unpretentious atmosphere and classic bar food where young professionals can let loose after a long week.

Cons:

Unemployment in Barrington is high, at eight percent. Young professionals living in this suburb are likely commuting to work, since only 45.2 percent of Barrington residents work in a professional occupation like management, business, or finance.

6. Jenkintown

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: Third lowest unemployment at 2.57 percent
  • People who work in professional occupation: 61.62 percent
  • Cost of living: 8th lowest cost of living

Pros:

Jenkintown is extremely well connected to Philadelphia by SEPTA trains, and a commute downtown is just 30 minutes by public transportation. This suburb ranks highly for the low cost of living, low unemployment of just 2.47 percent, and high number of residents in a professional occupation. There are also dozens of bars and restaurants along Old York Road, including local favorite King’s Corner Public House.

Cons:

The median earnings for Jenkintown residents with a bachelor’s degree are ranked 40th, at $50,192. It may also be slightly harder to find friends in the same age range, as only 21.55 percent of Jenkintown residents are 18-34 years old.

7. Glenside

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
Source: Keswick Theatre via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: 13th lowest cost of living
  • People aged 18-34: 22.64 percent

Pros:

Glenside is well connected by public transportation and takes just over 30 minutes by train or car to get to downtown Philadelphia. There are also dozens of restaurants, bars, and live music venues, including the historic Keswick Theatre, for young professionals to enjoy on their days off.

Cons:

The percent of Glenside residents who have attained a bachelor’s degree is a little lower than some of the other top suburbs, at 27.7 percent, and median bachelor’s degree earnings are also a little lower at $57,034.

8. Drexel Hill

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: 3rd lowest cost of living
  • People aged 18-34: 23.33 percent

Pros:

Drexel Hill is an affordable option for young professionals who commute to Philadelphia, with a cost of living index of 113. The commute is under 40 minutes by public transportation and under 30 minutes by car. Family-run restaurants, bars, and green spaces provide plenty for young professionals to do on the weekend.

Cons:

Drexel Hill ranks 31st in the unemployment category, with 6.14 percent of residents out of work. The median earnings for those holding a bachelor’s degree are also lower, at $57,334.

9. King of Prussia

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
Source: King of Prussia via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • People aged 18-34: 25.64 percent

Pros:

With a quarter of this suburb’s population in the 18-34 age range, young professionals in King of Prussia will definitely be among their peers. The King of Prussia mall provides dozens of shopping and dining options. Commuters are a straight shot away on the Schuylkill Expressway from Philadelphia.

Cons:

The cost of living index in King of Prussia is slightly higher, at 124, which earns this suburb a ranking of 24th in that category. The median earnings for those with a bachelor’s degree are also slightly lower, at $55,067 annually.

10. Oreland

These Are The 10 Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals
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Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 3.62 percent

Pros:

The unemployment rate in Oreland is just 3.62 percent, earning it the 7th spot on our unemployment rank. Young professionals who commute to Philadelphia can drive or take a SEPTA train in about the same amount of time—just under 40 minutes. This is also the perfect spot for young professionals who want to hone their golf skills for unofficial meetings on the green since Manufacturers Golf Club and Country Club and North Hills Country Club border the suburb.

Cons:

Young professionals who want to live among their peers may be out of luck in Oreland. Just 18.26 percent of Oreland residents are in the 18-34 age range, earning it the 24th spot in that category.

Get Back To Climbing The Corporate Ladder

Now that you’ve got a list of the 10 best suburbs for young professionals, you can finally cross one more thing off that endless list of yours. Doesn’t your color coordinated Google Calendar or old-school paper planner feel so much lighter now?

Our Methodology

When we create our Big Deal Lists, we rely on the cold hard facts, just like the kind your boss likes to see in all those corporate meetings. We analyzed data from the following criteria:
  • Unemployment rate (the lower the better)
  • Percent of population aged 18-34
  • Percent of population who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Median earnings for those who attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Percent of population who work in management, business, financial or other professional fields
  • Cost of living (the lower the better)
In creating this list, we double weighted cost of living, the percent of population aged 18-34, and median earnings, since we know how important those factors are for young professionals. All other criteria had normal weight. We averaged the weighted scores into one overall Big Deal Score, and the most desirable scores in each category went to our 10 best suburbs for young professionals. To see how the rest of the suburbs we ranked stood up, just check out the table below. Best Philadelphia Suburbs For Young Professionals Know Philadelphia? Tell us your favorite suburb in the comments below!