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:
- Turtle Creek (Photos)
- Norwood (Photos)
- Shamokin (Photos)
- Dormont (Photos)
- Arnold (Photos)
- Coraopolis (Photos)
- Erie (Photos)
- Castle Shannon
- West View (Photos)
- Kingston (Photos)
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.
1. Turtle Creek
Population: 5,292Cost 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.
Population: 5,900Cost 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.
Population: 7,202Cost 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.
Population: 8,491Cost 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.
Population: 5,019Cost 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.
Population: 5,617Cost 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.
Population: 100,157Cost 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
Population: 8,288Cost 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
Population: 6,704Cost 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.
Population: 12,996Cost 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:
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