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34. Horsham, PA
Horsham, PA
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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.

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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
Town stats
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
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
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
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details

(3) Crime incidences are estimates based on FBI 2011 Universal Crime and incidence reports, OnBoard analysis.
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