The 10 Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania For 2021


We analyzed over 49 places in Pennsylvania to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Pennsylvania.

Your motto will soon be 'goodbye tension hello pension' if you decide to call Pennsylvania home for your retirement years.

Yes, folks, Pennsylvania is one of 37 states that does not tax Social Security and one of nine states that does not have an income tax. It is considered one of the most "tax friendly" states in America and this why it is one of the best states to retire in the country.

There are some places, however, in the Keystone State that are better than others for retirees and HomeSnacks is here to tell you where the best places to retire in Pennsylvania for 2021

How'd we determine the best places to retire in Pennsylvania? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Pennsylvania's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 20 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents.

This is what we discovered. One, a majority of Pennsylvania's best places to retire are located close to the state's biggest cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Two, many of Pennsylvania's best places to retire are also some of the state's safest.
And three, you won't have to travel further than 40 miles to get to the closest international airport for any of the places that made our list.

So, want to know where the hottest retirement deals are located in Pennsylvania? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania For 2021

  1. New Kensington
  2. Butler
  3. Erie
  4. Lower Burrell
  5. Lansdowne
  6. Scranton
  7. Indiana
  8. Altoona
  9. Wyomissing
  10. Lansdale

Why did New Kensington take the top spot? And where are Allentown and Erie?

HomeSnacks is also happy to report that Pennsylvania's best places to retire have great neighborhoods, parks, and programs to keep its residents happy, healthy, and you guessed it, safe.

So, what's the best place to retire in Pennsylvania for 2021? According to the latest data, that would be, New Kensington.

To see how your favorite places in the Quaker State compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Pennsylvania state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania For 2021

New Kensington, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,468
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $606
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on New Kensington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Butler, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,092
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 16)
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 31 miles
More on Butler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Erie, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 97,263
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Median Rent: $710
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Erie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,229
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $752
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on Lower Burrell: Real Estate | Data

Lansdowne, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,638
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 17)
Median Rent: $1,023
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scranton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 77,054
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $782
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
More on Scranton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Indiana, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,346
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 29)
Median Rent: $741
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
More on Indiana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Altoona, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 43,987
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 25)
Median Rent: $697
Distance to Closest Airport: 88 miles
More on Altoona: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyomissing, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,473
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 33)
Median Rent: $1,330
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Wyomissing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lansdale, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,675
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 27)
Median Rent: $1,156
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on Lansdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Keystone State for 2021

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 -- 1752 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 20 places from across the state.

For these 20, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 20, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case New Kensington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Pennsylvania Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Pennsylvania goes to New Kensington.

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

  1. Allentown
  2. State College
  3. Chester

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Pennsylvania?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 New Kensington 12,468 $606
2 Butler 13,092 $665
3 Erie 97,263 $710
4 Lower Burrell 11,229 $752
5 Lansdowne 10,638 $1,023
6 Scranton 77,054 $782
7 Indiana 13,346 $741
8 Altoona 43,987 $697
9 Wyomissing 10,473 $1,330
10 Lansdale 16,675 $1,156

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