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
  2. Dormont
  3. Arnold
  4. Shamokin
  5. Castle Shannon
  6. West View
  7. Arnold
  8. Wilkes-Barre
  9. Brentwood
  10. Plymouth

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.

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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 162 places from across the state.

For these 162, 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 162, 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: 5,335
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 206
Turtle Creek ranked 1 overall thanks to its 16 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.

2. Dormont

Dormont, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,565
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,541
Dormont ranked 2 overall thanks to its 97 place rank for cost of living and 42 place safety rank.

3. Arnold

Arnold, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,090
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,180
Arnold ranked 3 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 66 place safety rank.

4. Shamokin

Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,295
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,576
Shamokin ranked 4 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 44 place safety rank.

5. Castle Shannon

Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,317
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 949
Castle Shannon ranked 5 overall thanks to its 86 place rank for cost of living and 15 place safety rank.

6. West View

West View, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,752
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,866
West View ranked 6 overall thanks to its 91 place rank for cost of living and 55 place safety rank.

7. Arnold

Arnold, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,090
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,180
Arnold ranked 7 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 66 place safety rank.

8. Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,202
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,951
Wilkes-Barre ranked 8 overall thanks to its 20 place rank for cost of living and 130 place safety rank.

9. Brentwood

Brentwood, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,625
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,410
Brentwood ranked 9 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 79 place safety rank.

10. Plymouth

Plymouth, Pennsylvania

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,905
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,286
Plymouth ranked 10 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 75 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 5,335 79 22 206
Dormont 2 8,565 92 12 1,541
Arnold 3 5,090 78 25 2,180
Shamokin 4 7,295 76 42 1,576
Castle Shannon 5 8,317 90 14 949
West View 6 6,752 91 10 1,866
Arnold 7 5,090 78 33 2,180
Wilkes-Barre 8 41,202 80 10 3,951
Brentwood 9 9,625 86 15 2,410
Plymouth 10 5,905 86 13 2,286
Vandergrift 11 5,142 79 35 388
Canonsburg 12 8,973 90 15 590
Wilkinsburg 13 15,894 80 19 3,812
Bridgeville 14 5,142 91 11 1,672
Swissvale 15 8,963 83 18 3,659
Whitehall 16 13,931 95 15 423
Lebanon 17 25,553 84 20 2,739
York 18 43,817 85 15 4,181
Jeannette 19 9,522 81 34 1,386
Schuylkill Haven 20 5,368 81 38 1,136
Catasauqua 21 6,477 93 1 2,269
Columbia 22 10,399 86 17 2,346
Easton 23 26,977 93 11 2,642
Reading 24 88,051 78 33 3,760
Forest Hills 25 6,501 89 20 1,369
Ambler 26 6,481 118 19 1,234
Pittsburgh 27 306,045 84 13 4,031
Conshohocken 28 7,864 121 14 1,716
Olyphant 29 5,178 89 10 502
Clarks Summit 30 5,101 99 10 411
Norwood 31 5,897 105 3 1,051
Columbia 32 10,399 86 23 2,346
New Brighton 33 5,973 81 17 6,596
Old Forge 34 8,265 89 2 447
Mount Carmel 35 5,833 78 45 4,183
Philadelphia 36 1,546,920 96 11 4,443
Clearfield 37 6,143 84 100 3,483
Edinboro 38 6,484 92 14 1,341
Nanticoke 39 10,395 82 17 2,732
Johnstown 40 20,576 78 15 4,534
Shenandoah 41 5,002 76 41 1,879
Monaca 42 5,721 86 13 2,412
Lititz 43 9,386 100 24 660
Mechanicsburg 44 8,971 97 12 1,861
Kennett Square 45 6,123 115 24 1,241
West Chester 46 18,860 140 20 2,211
Blakely 47 6,534 90 11 1,606
Archbald 48 7,053 91 14 864
Shillington 49 5,272 95 36 1,346
Hatboro 50 7,403 118 22 1,296
White Oak 51 7,851 86 25 1,146
Beaver Falls 52 8,842 81 19 5,236
Folcroft 53 6,615 93 2 2,736
Millersville 54 8,320 98 25 1,370
Coraopolis 55 5,655 84 4 2,422
Souderton 56 6,668 114 24 1,694
Mckeesport 57 19,663 78 22 5,456
Hazleton 58 25,179 86 29 2,756
Lansdale 59 16,382 114 25 1,477
Oakmont 60 6,358 96 20 1,934
Wilson 61 7,852 95 10 5,298
Palmyra 62 7,399 103 12 2,094
Pleasant Hills 63 8,291 96 18 1,362
Mount Joy 64 7,774 97 14 1,697
Pottsville 65 14,136 79 40 2,468
Glenolden 66 7,150 103 3 2,195
West Mifflin 67 20,271 85 19 2,284
Sunbury 68 9,817 83 46 2,750
Lancaster 69 59,368 89 26 4,537
Pittston 70 7,702 87 3 3,051
Erie 71 100,832 82 5 3,020
Northampton 72 9,921 99 3 1,340
Altoona 73 45,987 81 88 2,281
Palmerton 74 5,382 92 13 2,136
Indiana 75 14,025 86 57 3,272
Tamaqua 76 6,994 78 27 2,673
Milton 77 7,017 89 12 2,707
Collingdale 78 8,778 94 3 3,953
Ridley Park 79 7,021 111 4 1,495
Lehighton 80 5,427 91 18 2,782
Economy 81 9,133 111 10 1,073
Birdsboro 82 5,158 98 33 1,298
Duquesne 83 5,558 77 21 5,685
Sharon Hill 84 5,685 95 2 5,030
Allentown 85 118,793 88 4 3,730
Allentown 86 118,793 88 40 3,730
Meadville 87 13,307 87 30 2,231
Butler 88 13,609 85 31 4,577
New Kensington 89 12,959 82 25 4,166
Greenville 90 5,919 78 47 2,872
Kingston 91 13,105 87 9 2,579
State College 92 42,066 115 70 1,564
Clifton Heights 93 6,656 98 4 3,019
Bangor 94 5,256 91 19 3,082
Punxsutawney 95 5,927 84 72 927
California 96 6,703 83 33 1,939
Warren 97 9,543 83 55 2,211
Collegeville 98 5,263 131 24 969
South Williamsport 99 6,370 88 66 1,428
Sugarcreek 100 5,238 82 47 1,431
Hanover 101 15,365 92 28 2,915
Darby 102 10,689 94 3 8,120
Ephrata 103 13,529 101 30 1,729
Plum 104 27,386 95 25 1,179
Lower Burrell 105 11,653 88 27 1,947
Coatesville 106 13,130 98 31 3,503
Phoenixville 107 16,530 112 23 2,589
Uniontown 108 10,203 82 48 4,988
Sharon 109 13,845 75 52 4,297
Fox Chapel 110 5,397 180 18 426
Milton 111 7,017 89 20 2,707
New Cumberland 112 7,276 97 6 1,511
Monessen 113 7,630 80 29 4,272
Perkasie 114 8,511 121 20 1,774
Berwick 115 10,398 88 33 2,894
Bellevue 116 8,338 89 9 3,478
Greensburg 117 14,726 88 38 2,940
Mckees Rocks 118 6,088 78 9 5,929
Titusville 119 5,479 83 40 2,500
Bristol 120 9,657 112 26 3,096
Carlisle 121 18,877 94 23 2,982
Lansdowne 122 10,618 104 5 2,938
Carnegie 123 7,960 87 9 2,826
Connellsville 124 7,578 83 47 3,879
Lock Haven 125 9,860 88 74 2,454
New Castle 126 22,883 81 35 4,295
Harrisburg 127 49,297 85 8 4,817
Swoyersville 128 5,038 87 8 1,468
Ambridge 129 6,973 83 6 5,234
Emmaus 130 11,291 100 8 1,186
Bellefonte 131 6,250 99 72 736
Aliquippa 132 9,356 81 8 2,287
Yeadon 133 11,506 97 4 4,458
Johnstown 134 20,576 78 70 4,534
Media 135 5,341 123 8 1,928
Corry 136 6,546 80 29 5,010
Brookhaven 137 8,045 109 7 1,839
Camp Hill 138 7,891 102 9 811
Chester 139 34,007 90 7 4,996
Hollidaysburg 140 5,792 92 87 1,208
New Holland 141 5,407 101 36 1,646
Scranton 142 75,842 85 5 3,056
Moosic 143 5,712 94 1 4,499
Nazareth 144 5,723 100 9 1,223
Bethlehem 145 75,050 100 4 2,710
Crafton 146 5,931 92 9 3,051
Williamsport 147 29,377 85 68 3,890
Shippensburg 148 5,479 100 41 1,898
Bradford 149 8,665 80 67 4,500
Exeter 150 5,633 93 5 2,112
Oxford 151 5,100 106 39 1,960
Sayre 152 5,553 88 60 3,007
Milton 153 7,017 89 56 2,707
Selinsgrove 154 5,698 93 42 3,018
Tyrone 155 5,433 87 84 2,889
Hermitage 156 16,237 87 52 2,839
Waynesboro 157 10,673 92 52 3,110
Taylor 158 6,230 89 3 5,296
Franklin Park 159 13,882 128 9 504
Somerset 160 6,185 92 69 3,023
Chambersburg 161 20,430 94 50 4,077
Wyomissing 162 10,467 109 35 4,308

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