Reporter's Guide to Pennsylvania Local Government

what you really need to know when they send you to a meeting

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There are four classes of Pennsylvania cities, according to population, but the top three classes each have only one member:

• First Class – 1 million or more. Philadelphia

• Second Class – 250,000 – 999,999. Pittsburgh

• Second Class A – 80,000 – 249,999. Scranton

• Third Class – 58 cities with a population of less than 250,000 that have not elected to become a city of the second class A.

Nineteen Pennsylvania cities – including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and 16 third class cities – operate under home rule charters.

For more information, see the City Government in Pennsylvania Handbook.


Written by pareporter

April 21, 2010 at 12:49 am

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  1. “A First Class Township – The Story of Pocono Township” is now available wherever books are sold (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) I wrote this book after working with a grassroots group of twenty residents of Pocono Township to change our community from a second class to a first class governance in 2013. Unhappy with our leadership, we convinced 63% of our residents to vote for change. It can be done! When the people allow their voices to be heard, remarkable changes can occur. Find out who we had to fight, what we had to do and how we managed this monumental feat. The book is a blueprint and an inspiration for change. A must-read if you and your community are looking for a brighter future. Visit — Jack Swersie

    Jack Swersie

    March 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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