We spend the majority of our lives working toward retirement, but once we get there, we must answer the biggest question of all: what have I really been working toward? A huge part of this question’s answer comes in where you decide to live once you retire. Niche.com ranked the
top cities in Pennsylvania to retire in 2015. Here are the first ten that made the cut…
1. Vernon Township
Vernon Township is snuggled away in northwestern Pennsylvania in Crawford County. It is colloquially known as the "Golden Link" because it's located between the county seat, Meadville, and Conneaut Lake, which is the largest naturally occurring lake in Pennsylvania. Vernon Township is on the small side, with under 6,000 residents, but is the business center of its county.
Chambersburg is a small town with a big heart. Its residents spend their free time engaging in outdoorsy activities and also frequenting the Capitol Theatre for entertainment. In 2009, Chambersburg ranked on Newsmax's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns."
3. Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel is roughly an hour and a half from both Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The cost of living there is low, as is the crime rate.
A number of notable businesses make their home in Tyrone, including Gardner's Candies, The W.F. Hiller Agency, and the Levine Family Shoe Store. Tyrone is a quaint, small town located fifteen miles from Altoona in central PA.
18.9% of the population in Milton is 65 or older, so a retiree shouldn't have much trouble meeting peers there. Crime rates are pretty low there, and the cost of living isn't bad at all.
Selinsgrove is a great retirement spot for the civic-minded: the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation is an active organization which awards scholarships to local schoolchildren and also provides funding for educational and recreational programs. There are also nine churches in town and five parks.
The area around Huntingdon is rich in agriculture, especially fruit-growing. In 2009, it was ranked the fifth coolest small town in the country by Budget Travel.
8. Coal Township
Coal Township is located in Northumberland County, not far from Bloomsburg. It is bordered by Shamokin, a sister community. The cost of living in Coal Township is very affordable.
Hanover is a colorful community located in York County. It is the snack food capital of the United States, and is home to "the Golden Mile," a four-mile stretch of highway with numerous stores and retail outlets. Hanover is also home to one of the largest pools in the state.
10. Washington Township (Franklin County)
There are more than 20 Washington Townships in Pennsylvania, but the one we're talking about is in Franklin County. It's a great spot for anyone interested in history, with its many sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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