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Cities in Pennsylvania

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This is a list of cities in Pennsylvania, as of the 2010 Census.

Pennsylvania allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 67 total counties in Pennsylvania. Of those 67:[1]

There are 2,561 total municipalities in Pennsylvania. Of those 2,561, 65 operate under a Home rule charter.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Pennsylvania consists of:

  • Counties: There are 67 counties. 7 operate under home rule charters. They are Allegheny, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Northampton.
  • Cities: There are 56 cities. 19 operate under home rule charters.
  • Boroughs: There are 958 boroughs. 19 operate under home rule charters.
  • Incorporated town: There is one incorporated town, Bloomsburg. It does not have a charter.
  • Township: There are 1547 townships. 27 operate under home rule charters..[2]
  • In addition, there are 1,764 special districts and 514 independent school districts.[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Pennsylvania


All of Pennsylvania's seven charter counties have charter amendment by initiative.[4]


Charter amendment by initiative is available in each of Pennsylvania's 65 charter cities. In addition, the state's 37 third class cities enjoy a limited initiative process.[4]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Pennsylvania
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Philadelphia 1,536,471 Home rule charter November 4, 2014
Pittsburgh 307,484 Home rule charter N/A
Allentown 119,141 Home rule charter N/A
Erie 101,807 General law under Optional 3rd Class City Charter Law N/A
Reading 88,414 Home rule charter N/A
Scranton 75,995 Home rule charter N/A
Bethlehem 75,266 General law under Optional 3rd Class City Charter Law N/A
Lancaster 60,058 General law under Optional 3rd Class City Charter Law N/A
Harrisburg 49,673 General law under Optional 3rd Class City Charter Law N/A
Altoona 46,329 General law under Optional Plan N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 2,561 incorporated cities and towns in Pennsylvania. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[6]

See also