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25 American Cities That Are Perfect Places To Retire

TristaJanuary 10, 2022
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6. Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading is a town located about halfway between the state capital city of Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city (via Money). A fun fact about this town, Reading had lent its name to a now-defunct railroad that now lives on in a popular board game known as Monopoly, and you guessed it, it’s called Reading Railroad (via Money). The city-owned Reading Pagoda atop Mount Penn provides scenic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. If you are into that sort of thing, there is also the red Japanese-style tower visible from almost everywhere in town. If you’re a fan of pretzels, look no further than Reading because it is home to numerous pretzel bakeries.

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5. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This capital city located along the Susquehanna River (via Money). Those who like to be outside can enjoy the Riverfront Park. Are you quite active in your older age? Runners and bikers can take advantage of the park and other nearby hiking trails. Harrisburg has reasonable housing costs, making it affordable to relocate to the area, where the median home value is only 180,900 dollars (via Money). Suppose you fancy taking regular trips into a big city. In that case, several large metro areas are within an easy driving distance. That includes Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and even Washington, DC. If you retire in this town and have grandchildren, there is something for them. Take a day trip to nearby Hershey, home of the well-known chocolate maker.

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4. Allentown, Pennsylvania

Allentown is just 90 miles from New York City and only 60 miles from Philadelphia, great proximity for fun events. Not only that but it has lower housing costs than both of those larger cities. The median home value among people over 60 is just $208,500. If you’re looking to retire in this city, you can look for a home in the third-largest metro area, which is located on the Lehigh River and has many historic houses to choose from. The Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network is the largest employer and significant healthcare provider in Allentown (via Money). This city works best for those who are retired and like to enjoy all four seasons including snow-filled winter (via Money). 

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3. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Another Pennsylvania town ideal for retirement is Lancaster. Did you think the great state of Pennsylvania would have this many places that are perfect for new retirees? Located between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Lancaster is actually the former capital of Pennsylvania. Residents here have told Sharecare that they like where they live and feel safe in their community, a massive plus for any retiree looking for someplace to live without worrying about crime (via Money). Lancaster is surrounded by Amish farmland, so if you are a fan of Amish products, you’ll find plenty here in addition to the Lancaster Central Market (via Money). This city has a growing foodie scene with many warehouses and buildings transformed into hip restaurants and bars.

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2. Naples, Florida

Naples is a more expensive city than many other cities in Florida,; however, many of those who are retired can appreciate its high quality of life. The residents of this town report a heightened sense of well-being, according to the annual Sharecare Community Well Being Index, that is (via Money). People who live in this Southern Florida city say that they enjoy supportive relationships, like having a secure economic life and what they do each day. Naples also scored highly on the desirability metric, saying that travelers and those who are retired often are drawn to the white sand beaches that lay alongside the Gulf of Mexico (via Money). Furthermore, they enjoy the spacious golf courses they have to offer nearby. With the mild winters, Naples’ residents can enjoy the course year-round.

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1. Daytona Beach, Florida

Last but certainly not least on the list of great places to consider retiring would be Daytona Beach, Florida. Daytona Beach is not your typical sleepy beach town either. If you are big into motorsports, look no further than Daytona Beach. This city is most famous for its motorsports, and NASCAR fans flock to the area for the Daytona 500 and other races at the Daytona International Speedway. Those who are retired or are about to retire may be enticed to stay by the low housing costs, with pleasant winter weather and desirability of retiring along the Atlantic Ocean (via Money). Located on the East coast of Florida, this beach town area has 23 miles of sandy beaches, where some even allow you to drive your car onto the hard-packed sand (via Money). 

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