Pennsylvania Retirement Communities & Resort Communities
Pennsylvania is a small state - 170 miles north to south, and 283 miles east to west. While it's undoubtedly geographically diverse, the landscape is dominated by mountains and rolling hills. Yes, the Appalachian Mountains are likely the most well-known of Pennsylvania mountain chains. But, the Pocono and Allegheny Mountains are dominant sub-ranges.
Pennsylvania does, indeed, have 57 miles of coastline along Lake Erie's shores. And, 83,000+ miles of rivers snake through the Keystone State. Farming is essential...and, good here. And, warm, humid summers and cold winters promote the healthy growth of staple crops.
Pennsylvania has thick green springs and some of the most colorful and coveted views of autumn foliage in the country. A drive through Dutch country is like visiting another time period - the backroads are so thick with nature and wildlife that development of any sort feels hundreds of miles away.
A Bit of History
Historical markers and sites loom around every bend in Dutch Country. Turn of the century Craftsman-style bungalows are so hidden by forest growth that some have molded into the landscape. And, others have been pristinely preserved and don plaques to provide a quick history lesson for passersby.
Pennsylvania towns were embedded in the formation of our country and our independence. From the Revolutionary War era in Philadelphia and Valley Forge to the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. There are many chilling reminders of the course of our nation's fate throughout the state.
Taxes & Cost of Living
This is top-of-mind for many retirees...for good reason. And, here's the really good news. Pennsylvania does not tax income from Social Security or from 401(k) or IRA retirement accounts. All pension income for seniors 60+ is also exempt. Property tax rates are indeed higher than average, but the total sales tax rate places PA among 20 states with the lowest in the country.
And, finally the cost of living in PA also gets a shining star. It's lower than the national average.
Why Retire in Pennsylvania?
While there are many reasons to move to Pennsylvania, here's a big one. You want to be close to the city and near family, but not too close. Well first, PA is convenient to a lot of popular cities. NYC, Washington DC, and other popular cities along the northeast coast are nearby. And, if you've lived and raised a family in the northeast, then friends, family, and possibly grandchildren are likely close as well. Proximity to what you want and need is everything in retirement, so this is definitely something to consider.
Also, the climate is pretty heavenly. The landscape is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. And, the people are fabulous. So, what are you waiting for?
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