Moving to Pennsylvania

From moving in to lowering your average electric bill in Pa.

What’s your reason for moving to Pennsylvania? Is it to work for one of its 24 Fortune 500 companies? Or is it to reconnect with the beauty of Appalachia? Maybe it’s to revisit the historical bedrock of the U.S.?


Regardless, when you “make your move to Pa.” you will touch down in a land of opportunity. The state is ranked No. 11 on US News & World Report’s Best States list for affordability, economic opportunity and equality. Pennsylvania also touts a low cost of living and a booming real estate market with homes selling on average at $180,200.


And you’ll always have a friend in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State ranks 18th on the list of friendliest states according to Big Seven Travel. When compared to its neighbors, most notably New York (50th), Delaware (47th) and New Jersey (46th), Pennsylvanians are the nicest people around. Maybe Philadelphia truly is the city of Brotherly Love. 

The freedom to choose your Pennsylvania electric company

Wondering if you pay the average in energy costs? The average residential electric rate in Pennsylvania is about 13 cents per kWh, bringing the average monthly electricity bill to $107. This rate is slightly higher than the national average of about 12 cents per kWh.


If you find your gas or electricity rate is above average, you’re in luck. Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that lets homeowners or businesses compare energy rates and choose their electric supplier. And comparing rates in a competitive market is one of the best ways to control your cost of electricity and natural gas – and maybe keep those energy bills down. 

How electricity and natural gas reach your home

All energy companies are regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC), which aims to keep the utility market competitive for the benefit of companies and consumers alike. While switching to a new energy supplier could save you money, simply shopping can help you better understand your energy plan and discover where your electricity comes from.


Utility companies in Pennsylvania are divided by region, including Citizens Electric of Lewisburg, Duquesne Light, Pennsylvania Power, Metropolitan Edison, PPL Electric, PECO Energy, Pike County Light & Power, UGI, Wellsboro Electric and West Penn Power.


The opportunity to choose your electric supplier is not limited to homeowners. Commercial businesses can decide on their supplier as well. The average commercial electricity rate in Pennsylvania is about 9 cents per kWh, bringing the average electric bill for companies to $491, nearly 22% lower than the national average. Whether you’re moving into a new home or a new office, you can easily find the right plan for your individual needs by entering your ZIP code below.

Pennsylvania cities

Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State because of both its geographic location among the 13 colonies and its figurative role as the keystone to the U.S.’s founding. Today, Pennsylvanians embrace the name as a reminder of the state’s role in U.S. history. In fact, Pennsylvanians love nicknames, especially those given to its vibrant historical and blue collar cities.

The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s oldest city, founded by William Penn. Penn, a pacifist, wanted to create a refuge for persecuted European immigrants, and he named the city after this vision. Philadelphia comes from the Greek roots  phileo, meaning love, and adelphos, meaning brother – Brotherly Love. Today, Philadelphia’s diverse religious groups an be traced back to its founding.


Philly is also home to an enthusiastic sports fan base that welcomes any newcomers, and is just as rabid about its arts and culture. The two come together at the Philadelphia Art Museum, famously featured in the film Rocky. Take a run up those iconic steps and know that Penn’s vision is still intact.

The Electric City

While the setting for The Office propelled the sixth largest Pennsylvanian city into the spotlight, Scranton has been known as the Electric City for quite a bit longer than the famous show. Scranton proudly calls itself the Electric City because it was one of the first in the U.S. to successfully incorporate electricity into its framework, from lightbulbs to streetcars. Today, tourists can visit Scranton to take hikes around its history and learn more about The Office’s many references to it.

The Steel City

Pittsburgh’s strategic placement on three rivers, the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela, made it a hub for trading. The city’s economy boomed – and continued to do so even as it evolved through the industrial revolution, when steel mills, largely headed up by magnate Andrew Carnegie, took over.

Today, even though Pittsburgh’s economy focuses more on healthcare and technology, many residents still emulate the city’s blue-collar determination to get the job done. 

Beyond the business and home

While getting set up in your new home can be exhilarating, you’ll likely want to venture out to see what else Pennsylvania has to offer. You’ll find the Keystone State has something for everyone.

Sports galore

The Keystone State is blessed with not one, but two major sports cities that often rival each other. To the west lies the Steel City of Pittsburgh, home to the Pirates, the Penguins and, of course, the Steelers. To the east lies Philadelphia, home to the Eagles, the Flyers and another on-the-nose team, the Phillies. No matter where you come from, fans will open their arms wide and welcome you into the fold. Cheer with them whether the Steelers get another touchdown or the Phillies score another homerun.

Over the hills and through the cricks

Cricks, what Pennsylvanians call creeks, are nestled deep within the hills of Appalachia. The mountain range covers a whopping 52 out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania, making a Sunday drive a challenge – but worth the sights. And true to Pennsylvanian kindness, many small towns in the mountains make a living by providing hikers and tourists with food, shelter and attractions for a perfect weekend getaway. When you’re on the west side of the state, stop by the Allegheny National Forest, home to a flourishing grove of colors in the fall. Lastly, there are plenty of creeks to enjoy that branch from Pennsylvania’s six Appalachian rivers.

Sandwich fame and fandom

Every big city takes pride in their food, and Pennsylvanian cities are no exception. You’ve likely heard of the Philly cheesesteak. Born in 1930 from hot dog vendor Pat Olivieri after putting slices of his steak lunch on a roll, the sandwich has become a staple for many Philadelphians, both in the city and away from home. Today, thousands of sandwich shops all over the country offer the famous Philly cheesesteak, piled high with cheddar cheese, onions and peppers.


But Pittsburgh has its own claim to fame: the Primanti sandwich. Joseph Primanti made a living selling beef sandwiches to truckers. Wondering what to do with a batch of leftover potatoes, Primanti decided to fry them up and put them on his sandwiches, changing Pittsburgh’s taste buds forever. While the cheesesteak remains the more popular sandwich, Pittsburgh argues that Primanti sandwiches are more unique, making them true to the city and not just another common meal. We recommend trying both.