These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania


We analyzed over 162 places in Pennsylvania to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Pennsylvania.

But where exactly in Pennsylvania? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Pennsylvania that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Turtle Creek don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Keystone State to retire:

  1. Turtle Creek (Photos)
  2. Norwood (Photos)
  3. Shamokin (Photos)
  4. Dormont (Photos)
  5. Arnold (Photos)
  6. Coraopolis (Photos)
  7. Erie (Photos)
  8. Castle Shannon
  9. West View (Photos)
  10. Kingston (Photos)

Why did Turtle Creek take the top spot? And where are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Pennsylvania.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Keystone State

To create our list of the best places in Pennsylvania to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Keystone State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 161 places from across the state.

For these 161, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 161, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Turtle Creek, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,292
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 207
Turtle Creek ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 15th place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

2. Norwood

Norwood, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,900
Cost Of Living: 105
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,050
Norwood ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 141st place rank for cost of living and it’s 17th place safety rank.

3. Shamokin

Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,202
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,596
Shamokin ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 2nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 44th place safety rank.

4. Dormont

Dormont, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,491
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,554
Dormont ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 95th place rank for cost of living and it’s 42nd place safety rank.

5. Arnold

Arnold, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,019
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,211
Arnold ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 8th place rank for cost of living and it’s 67th place safety rank.

6. Coraopolis

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,617
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,439
Coraopolis ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 43rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 80th place safety rank.

7. Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,157
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,041
Erie ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 31st place rank for cost of living and it’s 110th place safety rank.

8. Castle Shannon

Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,288
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 953
Castle Shannon ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 84th place rank for cost of living and it’s 15th place safety rank.

9. West View

West View, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,704
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,879
West View ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 89th place rank for cost of living and it’s 55th place safety rank.

10. Kingston

Kingston, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,996
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,600
Kingston ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 62nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 85th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Pennsylvania goes to Turtle Creek.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Wyomissing
  • Chambersburg
  • Somerset

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Turtle Creek 1 5,292 79 22 207
Norwood 2 5,900 105 3 1,050
Shamokin 3 7,202 76 42 1,596
Dormont 4 8,491 92 12 1,554
Arnold 5 5,019 78 25 2,211
Coraopolis 6 5,617 84 4 2,439
Erie 7 100,157 82 5 3,041
Castle Shannon 8 8,288 90 14 953
West View 9 6,704 91 10 1,879
Kingston 10 12,996 87 9 2,600
Arnold 11 5,019 78 33 2,211
Old Forge 12 8,172 89 2 452
Vandergrift 13 5,063 79 35 395
Wilkes-Barre 14 40,964 80 10 3,974
Brentwood 15 9,550 86 15 2,429
Catasauqua 16 6,509 93 1 2,258
Plymouth 17 5,865 86 13 2,301
Glenolden 18 7,167 103 3 2,190
Ridley Park 19 7,032 111 4 1,493
Allentown 20 119,624 88 4 3,704
Canonsburg 21 8,933 90 15 593
Pittston 22 7,668 87 3 3,064
Bellevue 23 8,285 89 9 3,500
Mckees Rocks 24 6,046 78 9 5,970
Northampton 25 9,887 99 3 1,345
Wilkinsburg 26 15,797 80 19 3,836
Bridgeville 27 5,117 91 11 1,680
Swissvale 28 8,893 83 18 3,688
Folcroft 29 6,616 93 2 2,735
New Cumberland 30 7,290 97 6 1,508
Collingdale 31 8,777 94 3 3,953
Clifton Heights 32 6,670 98 4 3,013
Whitehall 33 13,873 95 15 425
Lebanon 34 25,654 84 20 2,728
Carnegie 35 7,944 87 9 2,832
Schuylkill Haven 36 5,289 81 38 1,153
Jeannette 37 9,395 81 34 1,405
York 38 43,848 85 15 4,178
Reading 39 87,899 78 33 3,766
Harrisburg 40 49,160 85 8 4,831
Aliquippa 41 9,258 81 8 2,311
Emmaus 42 11,363 100 8 1,179
Columbia 43 10,382 86 17 2,350
Forest Hills 44 6,475 89 20 1,374
Easton 45 27,014 93 11 2,639
Media 46 5,345 123 8 1,927
Lansdowne 47 10,621 104 5 2,937
Ambler 48 6,507 118 19 1,229
Pittsburgh 49 305,305 84 13 4,041
Ambridge 50 6,891 83 6 5,296
Camp Hill 51 7,912 102 9 808
Darby 52 10,677 94 3 8,129
Conshohocken 53 7,916 121 14 1,705
Olyphant 54 5,156 89 10 504
Chester 55 34,056 90 7 4,988
Brookhaven 56 8,056 109 7 1,837
Clarks Summit 57 5,041 99 10 416
Nazareth 58 5,703 100 9 1,227
Mount Carmel 59 5,773 78 45 4,226
Sharon Hill 60 5,691 95 2 5,025
Columbia 61 10,382 86 23 2,350
New Brighton 62 5,911 81 17 6,665
Crafton 63 5,899 92 9 3,068
Scranton 64 76,380 85 5 3,034
Yeadon 65 11,506 97 4 4,458
Philadelphia 66 1,559,938 96 11 4,406
Edinboro 67 6,393 92 14 1,360
West Chester 68 19,434 140 20 2,145
Lititz 69 9,209 100 24 673
Monaca 70 5,678 86 13 2,430
Nanticoke 71 10,302 82 17 2,756
Johnstown 72 20,169 78 15 4,625
Shillington 73 5,265 95 36 1,348
Kennett Square 74 6,139 115 24 1,237
Mechanicsburg 75 8,989 97 12 1,857
Bethlehem 76 75,110 100 4 2,708
Blakely 77 6,430 90 11 1,632
Archbald 78 7,036 91 14 866
White Oak 79 7,803 86 25 1,153
Hatboro 80 7,412 118 22 1,295
Altoona 81 45,209 81 88 2,320
Beaver Falls 82 8,735 81 19 5,300
Pottsville 83 13,955 79 40 2,500
Millersville 84 8,370 98 25 1,362
Sunbury 85 9,705 83 46 2,782
Hazleton 86 24,954 86 29 2,781
Souderton 87 6,737 114 24 1,677
Exeter 88 5,605 93 5 2,123
Mckeesport 89 19,529 78 22 5,494
Indiana 90 14,002 86 57 3,278
Lansdale 91 16,454 114 25 1,470
Oakmont 92 6,420 96 20 1,915
Lancaster 93 59,341 89 26 4,539
Wilson 94 7,819 95 10 5,320
Palmyra 95 7,481 103 12 2,071
Mount Joy 96 7,978 97 14 1,654
West Mifflin 97 20,153 85 19 2,297
Pleasant Hills 98 8,271 96 18 1,366
Franklin Park 99 14,228 128 9 491
Allentown 100 119,624 88 40 3,704
Palmerton 101 5,330 92 13 2,157
State College 102 42,074 115 70 1,563
Birdsboro 103 5,145 98 33 1,302
Punxsutawney 104 5,883 84 72 934
Tamaqua 105 6,901 78 27 2,709
Milton 106 6,968 89 12 2,726
Lehighton 107 5,360 91 18 2,817
South Williamsport 108 6,328 88 66 1,438
Warren 109 9,407 83 55 2,243
Duquesne 110 5,534 77 21 5,710
Greenville 111 5,794 78 47 2,934
Meadville 112 13,134 87 30 2,261
Butler 113 13,399 85 31 4,649
Economy 114 9,240 111 10 1,060
Sugarcreek 115 5,155 82 47 1,454
Sharon 116 13,659 75 52 4,356
California 117 6,564 83 33 1,980
New Kensington 118 12,793 82 25 4,221
Uniontown 119 10,094 82 48 5,042
Hanover 120 15,429 92 28 2,903
Ephrata 121 13,714 101 30 1,706
Coatesville 122 13,132 98 31 3,502
Bangor 123 5,198 91 19 3,116
Collegeville 124 5,279 131 24 966
Lower Burrell 125 11,527 88 27 1,969
Plum 126 27,474 95 25 1,175
Clarion 127 5,073 93 66 1,281
Phoenixville 128 16,638 112 23 2,572
Berwick 129 10,276 88 33 2,929
Milton 130 6,968 89 20 2,726
Taylor 131 6,136 89 3 5,378
Lock Haven 132 9,725 88 74 2,488
Titusville 133 5,418 83 40 2,528
Fox Chapel 134 5,392 180 18 426
Monessen 135 7,530 80 29 4,329
Greensburg 136 14,572 88 38 2,971
Perkasie 137 8,495 121 20 1,777
Connellsville 138 7,516 83 47 3,911
Bellefonte 139 6,287 99 72 731
Johnstown 140 20,169 78 70 4,625
Moosic 141 5,731 94 1 4,484
Bristol 142 9,593 112 26 3,116
Carlisle 143 19,014 94 23 2,960
New Castle 144 22,500 81 35 4,368
Hollidaysburg 145 5,790 92 87 1,208
Clearfield 146 6,058 84 100 3,532
Corry 147 6,467 80 29 5,071
New Holland 148 5,418 101 36 1,642
Williamsport 149 29,180 85 68 3,917
Bradford 150 8,540 80 67 4,566
Shippensburg 151 5,529 100 41 1,880
Tyrone 152 5,382 87 84 2,917
Milton 153 6,968 89 56 2,726
Sayre 154 5,467 88 60 3,054
Selinsgrove 155 5,810 93 42 2,960
Oxford 156 5,221 106 39 1,915
Hermitage 157 16,077 87 52 2,867
Waynesboro 158 10,764 92 52 3,084
Somerset 159 6,102 92 69 3,064
Chambersburg 160 20,576 94 50 4,048
Wyomissing 161 10,442 109 35 4,319

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