Pennsylvania Has One of the Best 'City-Like Towns' in America

This is really crazy to be honest. When I first saw it I thought, wait, is this real? But when I actually read the article and the reason why they made the list, it made sense. Not only did 5 Pennsylvania towns make the top 10 list of best places to retire in America, but all 5 are within two hours of Philadelphia!

I grew up in Pennsylvania, and lived here my whole life, except for the short stint in Dallas, TX after I graduated from Drexel University. But that’s a story for another day. Needless to say, I didn’t like Dallas. Ha. It’s also very strange that I have been to Iceland, Italy, and California about 15 times, but I have never been to Pittsburgh. I know, it’s strange! I grew up near the Poconos in a very small town, so small there are no traffic lights, only stop signs. And I’ve lived in Philly since college so I like to say I have two hometowns at this point. Pennsylvania is pretty amazing that we have two major cities, one being the birthplace of our nation, awesome sports teams, incredible universities, close to the beach, mountains, lakes, culture and arts, and so much more. Not to mention we are very close to other major cities such as Washington DC, New York City, and Boston. Pennsylvania is really a hidden gem and I’m glad it’s ours. Oh, think about how nice it is that you can have a great health system, still be close to a city, numerous airports, see concerts, sporting events, etc.

US News & World Report revealed the list earlier this week and the ranking methodology took multiple factors into account – happiness, housing affordability, health care, retiree taxes, desirability and the job market. Going on the general rule that retirees and future retirees have similar priorities, the people surveyed were nearing retirement age − between ages 45 and 59 − and were of retirement age at 60 and older.

It’s important to add that Pennsylvania has some really incredible health care systems. People who are about to or are already retired, having good doctors is very important as people age.

  • #10 Reading, PA

    The Reading Phillies, the awesome outlets, close to Hershey Park. Reading is a little over 60 miles away from Philly, and there are alot of people from the Reading area who listen to XTU.

  • #9 Allentown, PA

    Dorney Park, great healthcare systems, Musicfest and The Allentown Fair, Iron Pigs! Allentown, PA is part of the Lehigh Valley along with Bethlehem and Easton. Without traffic, Allentown is only about 60 minutes from Philadelphia. People love going to the Sands Casino and Steel Stacks.


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  • #8 Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Don’t tell Penn State fans. Ann Arbor is about 45 minutes from Detroit and is the home of the University of Michigan. Even if you aren’t a Michigan fan, it’s an amazing campus and being close to a university means there is always alot to do.

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  • #7 Daytona Beach, Florida

    It’s hard to deny that retiring near the beach isn’t a dream. The Daytona 500 is there, it’s a quick flight from Philly, and the weather is nice almost all the time. Except for Hurricane season, but it seems like Floridians know how to handle it.

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  • #6 Naples, Florida

    Naples is a city on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida that’s known for high-end shopping and golf courses. If you have ever been there, you know it’s gorgeous. It’s about 3 hours from Tampa and a little over two hours to Miami. Fun Fact, our corporate headquarters are in Naples.

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  • #5 York, Pennsylvania

    Such a cute town. York is in the Lancaster, Harrisburg, Hershey area. It’s about a little over 2 hours from Philly, and it filled with small town charm. It’s also less an hour from Baltimore, so you get the small town charm and are still close to a major city, airport, etc.


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  • #4 Tampa, Florida

    The biggest city on the list. You can go see the Phillies every Spring Training in Clearwater. One of my close friends is from Tampa and it’s a great city. You get all the things a city has but you’re also close to the beach. Unfortunately Tom Brady left the Bucs, but the Tampa Bay Lighting is pretty good.


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  • #3 Pensacola, Florida

    Pensacola is on the panhandle of Florida. Not as close as the other cities, but the Gulf Shores are gorgeous. It’s also only 3 hours from New Orleans and 6 hours from Nashville.

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  • #2 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Our state’s capital and an awesome city. Harrisburg is a little over two hours from Philly, probably under 2 hours if there’s no traffic to be honest. It’s less than 30 minutes from Hershey, which who doesn’t love chocolate.


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  • #1 Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    So many people think Amish but there’s so much more to Lancaster than just a horse and buggy. Arts, culture, sports, and fun fact, it’s where I got my start on the radio at FM97!

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