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Bensalem Makes ‘Best Places to Live’ List

Money Magazine named Bensalem the 85th best small city in the country to live based on jobs, schools, crime, health care and leisure/culture.

 

was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine.

“These terrific small cities offer what American families care about most -- strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care, and plenty to do. And they're true communities too,” according to the story

Bensalem was ranked 85 on the list. Only two other Pennsylvania communities made the list – Abington (41) and Millcreek (91).

Here’s what the magazine said about Bensalem:

“Best known for M. Night Shyamalan's movie Signs, which was filmed at a local warehouse, Bensalem is also home to the well-known Parx Casino and Racetrack. More kid-friendly activities in this township just 20 minutes from Philadelphia include a skate park and the TD Bank Amphitheater, an outdoor park that hosts concerts every Wednesday night from June to October. --D.M.”

Here’s the statistics the magazine used to rank Bensalem:

Financial

City stats

Best places avg.

Median family income
(per year)

$74,659

$96,825

Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)

$71,788

$93,218

State sales tax

6.00%

5.57%

State income tax rate
(highest bracket)

3.07%

7.31%

State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)

3.07%

3.08%

Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)

$1,468

$1,596

Job growth %
(2000-2011)*

-2.31%

25.01%

See jobs near Bensalem

Housing

Median home price

$223,842

$269,768

Average property taxes
(2011)

$2,645

$6,517

See Bensalem homes for sale

Education

Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)

18

8

Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)

33.8%

28.2%

Test scores math
(% above/below average)

35.5%

29.2%

% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)

N.A./N.A.

91.5/8.5

Quality of life

Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)

78.4%

77.3%

Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)

2

2

Property crime incidents (per 1,000)

35

20

Median commute time (in minutes)

23.9

22.2

% population with commute
45 mins. or longer

21.8%

14.9%

% population walk or bike to work

2.3%

3.2%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)

48

33

Restaurants
(within 15 miles)

6,992

3,134

Bars
(within 15 miles)

629

199

Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)

257

169

Libraries
(within 15 miles)

195

70

Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)

19

10

Ski resorts (within 100 miles)

11

6

Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)

1.0

1.4

Weather

Annual rainfall
(inches)

125

34.21

% clear days in the area

26

32

High temp in July ° F

83.6°

86.8°

Low temp in Jan ° F

15.7°

18.4°

Meet the neighbors

Median age

41.3

35.2

Completed at least some college
(% of residents)

50.3%

72.6%

Married %

51.5%

57.9%

Divorced %

9.4%

8.0%

Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)

101.3

118.4

 

JNessa1970 August 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Best place to live? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It has no clue what it is doing. Oh wait, publishing false facts and half truths.
Mary Beth August 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
If this is so, then why isn't my house selling. It's so nice and a GREAT price.
JNessa1970 August 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Wow, well said Mary Beth.....Joe? want to comment? Did not think so...
JNessa1970 August 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
#Mary Beth, WELL SAID. Joe, would you like to comment????? I did not think so.
Joe Hart (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thanks for reading and for your comments JNessa1970...This article is about a list in Money magazine that ranked small cities based on certain factors...I didn't express any opinion in the article about Bensalem being a nice place to live, but since you asked, I've been here for almost a couple years now and I think it's great.
Mary Beth August 22, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I'm moving because I need a bigger house, but like Joe, I think Bensalem is great. It's minutes from 95, the turnpike, and a short drive to Philly. It has a great community, plus I think the Mayor is tops!!!
BobJones August 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I like living in Bensalem too. Taxes aren't bad, there's plenty to do and you're near major highways to get other places when you have to.
P2YA August 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Highly subjective and meaningless. Take it with a grain of salt. It's not like Money Magazine visited here and interviewed countless residents. I visited a town listed as number 2 on their "best places to retire" list two years ago. I was unimpressed and left scratching my head on how it could possibly be on that list. Having said that, Bensalem is neither better or worse than many towns in Pennsylvania, but you can be sure the bestowment will be trumpeted ad nauseum in officials' reelection campaigns.
ararref August 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Wendy we can always count on you. If you hate it move. I know 400 first resonders that will help you pack
addie v September 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Just bought a house here in bensalem. Lived here 4 years now and love the town. Neigh Sayers probably suck at life and will be disgruntled anywhere.
Cristine Johnson September 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
LOL
sue domin September 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Where exactly do u live jnessa? Its an article about all the factors in the city which make it a great place, read the article.
sue domin September 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
My entire family was born and raised here, I lived in upper bucks for most of my childhood, and of course its more beautiful and less crowed there and a wonderful place to live, but not everyone can afford to live there. Now i have kids and bensalem has allowed me to be able to buy a home and live in a nice community, yes there are some people who dont take care of their homes, but what town doesnt. We are close to all highways, city, shore, ect. Taxes are great and we have tons of playgrounds, believe me i know! So yes with all the factors, which this article states, bensalem is a great place to live!
Toya4 November 24, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Im thinking about moving to Pennsylvania, I have kids looking for good schools..so what city will be best

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