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34. Horsham, PA

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Horsham, PA Horsham

Top 50 rank: 34

Population: 15,094

Horsham may not have much of a walkable downtown, but with five high-end office parks that house more than 600 businesses (including several Fortune 500 firms), the town is more than just a bedroom community.

Residents here also benefit from low property taxes and a school district that’s garnered government recognition for high performance. Locals say the 25,000-square-foot library, equipped with a café and free Wi-Fi, is another town highlight. –K.F.

Horsham, PA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $83,184
Job growth % (2010-2012) 1.19%
Median home price (2012) $228,950
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 30.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 27.1%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 173

Financials

Median family income (per year) $83,184
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $70,922
Sales tax 6.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 3.07%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 3.07%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,711
Job growth % (2010-2012) 1.19%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $228,950
Average property taxes (2011) $3,796

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 70
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 30.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 27.1%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 88.9/11.1

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 79.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 173
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.7
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 17.7%
% population walk or bike to work 3.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 30
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 4,983
Bars (within 15 miles) 560
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 263
Libraries (within 15 miles) 103
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 20
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.8

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 42.05
% clear days in the area 56%
High temp in July ° F 86.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F 23.6°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 39.4
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 68.5%
Married % 50.8%
Divorced % 9.5%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 56.6

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