Abington Township has been named one of the “Best Places to Live” in the United States by MONEY. On the 2019 list, Abington ranked no. 74 out of 100, and was one of only two locations in the state to be recognized. Abington Township was previously ranked the top 100 list in 2008 and 2010. The methodology for determining the rankings can be found here.
“Quality public schools are the cornerstone of a quality community,” Dr. Jeffrey S. Fecher, Superintendent of Schools for Abington School District, said. “Abington School District is proud that Abington, PA, has again been named one of the ‘Best Places to Live’ in the country. This recognition is a testament to the strong public education we offer the students of Abington and Rockledge, and we know that Abington Schools are a significant deciding factor when families choose where to buy a home.”
A press release on the ranking from the Abington School District states:
In regard to cost of living, which was income adjusted, rankings were based on tax burden, insurance costs, commuting costs and medical spending. Abington is the only school district in Montgomery County to not raise its taxes for the 2019-2020 school year, and over the past decade has had one of the lowest tax increases throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, despite having a more than 10 percent enrollment increase during that same time period.
“The Board of School Directors of the Abington School District is very proud that MONEY has recognized Abington as a ‘Best Place to Live’ for 2019,” said Raymond McGarry, Esquire, President of the Board of School Directors. “Not only do we live here, but we work hard as a Board to ensure Abington maintains its status as an affordable place to live, without sacrificing the level of quality and excellence in our schools that the residents of Abington and Rockledge have come to expect.”
More from the press release:
Abington School District has embarked on a $104 million additions and renovations project at Abington Senior High School, which includes the construction of a center for science and technology, as well as the overhaul of 93 percent of the existing 1950s-era building. The Abington Senior High School Additions and Renovations Project, which is set to be complete in 2022, also entails a reconfiguration of grade spans across the District’s nine schools and a reimagined curriculum that is focused on college and career pathways.
“We continue to enhance educational opportunities for our students in Abington School District, and this is just another reason why Abington Township has so much to offer as a place to live,” Dr. Fecher added.