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Pennsylvania has a population of 13.27 million people, making it the 5th most populous state in the United States. The state has 57 cities and the most populated city with over 1.5 million people in Philadelphia.

Cities in Pennsylvania are broken down into three different classes i.e. first class, second class, and third class. The class of a city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is determined by population and ordinances.

Some cities in Pennsylvania have implemented Home Rule Charters which makes them no longer cities under the state law but they are still named cities for classification.

The state also have two cities with populations of more than 100,000 they are: Pittsburgh with 304,391 people and Allentown with 120,207 people.

List of Cities in Pennsylvania (in Alphabetical Order)

NameCountyClassPopulation (2019 Estimate)
AliquippaBeaverThird9,004
AllentownLehighThird120,915
AltoonaBlairThird43,987
ArnoldWestmorelandThird4,980
Beaver FallsBeaverThird8,464
BethlehemLehigh NorthamptonThird75,461
BradfordMcKeanThird8,355
ButlerButlerThird13,092
CarbondaleLackawannaThird8,471
ChesterDelawareThird33,982
ClairtonAlleghenyThird6,619
CoatesvilleChesterThird13,136
ConnellsvilleFayetteThird7,411
CorryErieThird6,332
DuBoisClearfieldThird7,462
DuquesneAlleghenyThird5,543
EastonNorthamptonThird27,122
ErieErieThird97,263
FarrellMercerThird4,682
FranklinVenangoThird6,148
GreensburgWestmorelandThird14,290
HarrisburgDauphinThird49,209
HazletonLuzerneThird24,857
HermitageMercerThird15,693
JeannetteWestmorelandThird9,216
JohnstownCambriaThird19,569
LancasterLancasterThird59,433
LatrobeWestmorelandThird7,929
LebanonLebanonThird25,793
Lock HavenClintonThird9,247
Lower BurrellWestmorelandThird11,229
McKeesportAlleghenyThird19,225
MeadvilleCrawfordThird12,864
MonessenWestmorelandThird7,344
MonongahelaWashingtonThird4,138
NanticokeLuzerneThird10,304
New CastleLawrenceThird21,991
New KensingtonWestmorelandThird12,468
Oil CityVenangoThird9,846
ParkerArmstrongThird648
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaFirst1.579 million
PittsburghAlleghenySecond302,205
PittstonLuzerneThird7,765
PottsvilleSchuylkillThird13,648
ReadingBerksThird88,232
St. MarysElkThird12,429
ScrantonLackawannaSecond77,054
ShamokinNorthumberlandThird7,051
SharonMercerThird13,227
SunburyNorthumberlandThird9,480
TitusvilleCrawfordThird5,264
UniontownFayetteThird9,837
WarrenWarrenThird9,191
WashingtonWashingtonThird13,532
Wilkes-BarreLuzerneThird40,867
WilliamsportLycomingThird28,562
YorkYorkThird44,022

10 Largest Cities in Pennsylvania by Population

1. Philadelphia  

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is the most populous city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States with over 1.5 million inhabitants. It is also the second-most populated city in the Northeastern United States.

It was founded in 1682 by William Penn and incorporated on October 25, 1701. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States.

Philadelphia is home to five Fortune 1000 companies making it the center of economic activities in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia is also known for its arts, culture, cuisine, and colonial history thus has attracted over 40 million tourists.

It is also home to many U.S. “firsts”, including the first library (1731), first hospital (1751), first medical school (1765), first national capital (1774), first stock exchange (1790), first zoo (1874), and first business school (1881).

The city also contains 67 National Historic Landmarks, and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.

2.  Pittsburgh  

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh city is the second-most populous city in Pennsylvania with an estimated population of 302,205.  It was founded on November 27, 1758, by George Washington and General John Forbes and named for William Pitt.

The city is located southwest of Pennsylvania and known both as the Steel City (it has over 300 steel-related businesses) and as the City of Bridges (it has 446 bridges).

3. Allentown  

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Allentown, Pennsylvania

Allentown is a city in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1762 by William Allen and was incorporated on March 12, 1867.

It has an estimated population of 120,915 making it the third most populous city and the fastest-growing major city in Pennsylvania.

Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County as well as the largest city in the metropolitan area known as the Lehigh Valley.   

4. Erie   

Erie
Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie City is located on the south shore of Lake Erie and it is the county seat of Erie County. It is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania and the largest city in northwestern Pennsylvania with an estimated population of 97,263.

It was founded on April 18, 1795, and was named for the Native American Erie people who lived in the area until the mid-17th century.

5. Reading

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Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading is a city in and the county seat of Berks County with an estimated population of 88,232, making it the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania by population.

It is located in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania and is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area.

6. Scranton

Scranton, Pennsylvania

This is the sixth-largest city in Pennsylvania in terms of population. Scranton is also the county seat and largest municipality of Lackawanna County.

Scranton’s nicknames are:  The Electric City, The All America City, Steamtown, and The Coal Capital.

7. Bethlehem  

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Bethlehem, pennsylvania

Bethlehem city is located in Northampton and Lehigh Counties in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern part of Pennsylvania.

It has an estimated population of 75,461, making it the seventh most populous city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

8. Lancaster   

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The City of Lancaster serves as the seat of Lancaster County. It was founded in 1729 and named for Lancaster, Lancashire, England.

It is the eighth-most populous city in Pennsylvania with an estimated population of 59,433. Lancaster’s main industries include tourism, healthcare, public administration, manufacturing, and professional & semi-professional services.

9. Harrisburg  

Harrisburg Pennsylvania

The City of Harrisburg was founded by John Harris, Sr. and was incorporated in 1791. It is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Dauphin County.

It has an estimated population of 49,209, making it the ninth most populous city in Pennsylvania.

10. Altoona  

Altoona is the tenth most populous city in Pennsylvania with an estimated population of 43,987 (as of 2019).  It is the principal city of the Altoona Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It was founded in 1849 and became an incorporated city in 1868.  

Conclusion

Pennsylvania is one of the U.S.’s largest states with beautiful cities and towns. The list above shows all the cities in Pennsylvania including the largest city Philadelphia with a population of 1.579 million and the smallest city Parker with a population of 648.

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