Top 16 Small Cities In Pennsylvania


Top 16 Small Cities In Pennsylvania
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1. Columbia

As far as small towns go, there are few that compare to Columbia. This town was formerly known as Wright’s Ferry and is located in Lancaster County. It was first settled in 1726 by Quakers and there is still a large population of them in the town today.

According to the website for this borough there are a few things that make this town special. They state that “Columbia Borough has earned recognition by the Smithsonian Magazine as a top U.S. town for visitors, being named as one of ‘The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014’ This recognition is evidence that the Economic Development Strategic Plan developed by a group of residents, business and organizational leaders, and elected officials is working.

All of Columbia is working hard to revitalize itself and all Columbia residents should be proud of their achievements. Columbia Borough attracts visitors, being home to the Turkey Hill Experience, National Watch & Clock Collectors Museum, Wright’s Ferry Mansion and the many Victorian era buildings in the Historic District.”

Even though this is a small town, there are still plenty of things you can see here. Some of the options include:

  • The Columbia Historic Market House;
  • Columbia Historic Preservation Society;
  • National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors;
  • First National Bank Museum;
  • Wright’s Ferry Mansion;
  • Turkey Hill Experience;
  • Susquehanna Glass Co.

This town only has a population of 10,400 as of the US census completed in 2010. It is the picture that everyone thinks of when they think of small towns. The city hall is a beautiful building with a tall tower clock that sits upon it. The nice thing about this town is that there are still plenty of options for activities in the town.


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