This is really crazy to be honest. When I first saw it I thought, wait, is this real? But when I actually read the article and the reason why they made the list, it made sense. Not only did 5 Pennsylvania towns make the top 10 list of best places to retire in America, but all 5 are within two hours of Philadelphia!
I grew up in Pennsylvania, and lived here my whole life, except for the short stint in Dallas, TX after I graduated from Drexel University. But that’s a story for another day. Needless to say, I didn’t like Dallas. Ha. It’s also very strange that I have been to Iceland, Italy, and California about 15 times, but I have never been to Pittsburgh. I know, it’s strange! I grew up near the Poconos in a very small town, so small there are no traffic lights, only stop signs. And I’ve lived in Philly since college so I like to say I have two hometowns at this point. Pennsylvania is pretty amazing that we have two major cities, one being the birthplace of our nation, awesome sports teams, incredible universities, close to the beach, mountains, lakes, culture and arts, and so much more. Not to mention we are very close to other major cities such as Washington DC, New York City, and Boston. Pennsylvania is really a hidden gem and I’m glad it’s ours. Oh, think about how nice it is that you can have a great health system, still be close to a city, numerous airports, see concerts, sporting events, etc.
US News & World Report revealed the list earlier this week and the ranking methodology took multiple factors into account – happiness, housing affordability, health care, retiree taxes, desirability and the job market. Going on the general rule that retirees and future retirees have similar priorities, the people surveyed were nearing retirement age − between ages 45 and 59 − and were of retirement age at 60 and older.
It’s important to add that Pennsylvania has some really incredible health care systems. People who are about to or are already retired, having good doctors is very important as people age.