Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania

Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, with its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant communities, is an excellent choice for retirees. From bustling cities and serene small towns to scenic mountain retreats and lakeside getaways, Pennsylvania offers a variety of retirement options. Discover the best places to retire in Pennsylvania and find your perfect retirement haven.

Why Retire in Pennsylvania?

Retiring in Pennsylvania comes with numerous benefits that make it an attractive option for many retirees.

Four-Season Climate

Experience all four seasons with beautiful springs, warm summers, colorful autumns, and snowy winters.

Rich History and Culture

From historic landmarks in Philadelphia to the cultural scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is rich in history and culture.

Proximity to Major Cities

Pennsylvania's location offers easy access to major cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Natural Beauty

With the Appalachian and Pocono Mountains, numerous state parks, and scenic rivers, Pennsylvania provides a variety of outdoor activities.

Healthcare Excellence

Pennsylvania is home to some of the nation's top healthcare facilities, ensuring quality medical care for retirees.

Top Cities to Retire in Pennsylvania


Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania, offers a mix of historic charm, cultural attractions, and modern amenities. It is ideal for those who enjoy urban living.


  • Historic sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
  • World-class museums and cultural institutions
  • Excellent dining and shopping options
  • Renowned healthcare facilities


Pittsburgh, known for its steel industry heritage, has transformed into a vibrant city with a thriving arts scene and a strong sense of community.


  • Scenic views of the rivers and city skyline
  • Numerous parks and outdoor activities
  • Cultural attractions like the Andy Warhol Museum
  • Affordable cost of living

Best Small Towns to Retire in Pennsylvania


Lancaster offers a blend of small-town charm and cultural richness, with a strong sense of community and easy access to nature.


  • Quaint downtown area with shops and restaurants
  • Rich Amish heritage and cultural experiences
  • Proximity to scenic countryside
  • Friendly and welcoming community


Bethlehem is known for its historic sites, vibrant arts scene, and festive atmosphere, making it a charming place to retire.


  • Historic Moravian district
  • Arts and cultural festivals
  • Beautiful parks and outdoor spaces
  • Strong sense of community

Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania Near Nature

Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains offer a peaceful retreat with stunning natural beauty, perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities and a serene lifestyle.


  • Scenic mountain views
  • Outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and skiing
  • Tranquil lakes and rivers
  • Close-knit community

FAQs about Retiring in Pennsylvania

Find Your Ideal Retirement Community in Pennsylvania

Winding Creek

Palmyra, PA

Winding Creek is a new age-55+ lifestyle community for retirees and active adults in the south central Pennsylvania countryside.

Bordered by Killinger Creek and surrounded by quiet farmlands, Winding Creek residents enjoy life in a serene settings that’s still convenient to family, friends and business associates in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The nearby town of Palmyra has grocery markets, pharmacies, restaurants and shops for your everyday needs, while all of the popular attractions in the Hershey area are just a short drive away. Top-quality health care services are available at the Penn State Health Milton Hershey Medical Center.

Developed by Landmark Homes, the regional leader in building communities for the active-adult lifestyle, Winding Creek residences are available in a variety low-maintenance designs. Open floor plans with customizable details and energy-saving appliances are among the features that make every Winding Creek home distinctive. Amenities include a private community clubhouse for interest club meetings and special events, plus a pool, tennis courts and walking/biking trails that make every day an adventure in healthy living.

Request more information below and get the latest news about your active lifestyle at an ideal location in Pennsylvania’s Winding Creek community.


Amblebrook at Gettysburg

Gettysburg, PA
Single Family and Villa Homes from $300K

Amblebrook at Gettysburg is an amenity-filled master-planned community for 55+ active adults that embraces the rich history and abundance of its beautiful Southern Pennsylvania setting. Built from the ground up to foster more everyday joy, Amblebrook is designed to nurture deeper connections to friends, family and the great outdoors. The stunning Rock Creek Clubhouse and Fitness Center serve up near endless opportunities to explore untapped interests and well-honed skills. And a vast array of social clubs and activities mean the sky is the limit when it comes to pursuing passions and personal exploration. Award-winning homebuilders Caruso Homes, DRB-Elevate Homes, DR Horton, Ward Homes and Lennar offer a wide variety of two- and three-bedroom layouts to suit your lifestyle, starting from the mid $300,000’s


Crossings at Sweetbriar

Lebanon, PA
Homes from 350K

Retirees and other active adults who want a relaxing lifestyle in a perfect location are discovering Pennsylvania’s Crossings at Sweetbriar.

Developed by Landmark Homes, the regional leader in creating upscale age-55+ communities like The Crossings at Sweetbriar, residents have a choice of both one- and two-story designs with open floor plans. Customizable options and special features make each residence unique, and the area’s low cost of living and property taxes add to the value of every home.

The Crossings at Sweetbriar residents have their own private community clubhouse for meetings and special events, plus walking and biking trails through more than 20 acres of preserved open space. But Sweetbriar’s most desirable amenity maybe its tranquil location in the rolling farmlands of central Pennsylvania. Historic sites and seasonal farmer’s market make every day trip an adventure. The nearby town of Lebanon features fine and casual dining restaurants, retail stores, antique shops, and cultural centers like the Gretna Theatre. The Iron Valley Golf Course tops the list of local outdoor-recreation venues, while the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital and the Lebanon VA Medical Center offer top-rated health care services. Just a short drive to the southwest is the state capital of Harrisburg, the regional center of commerce and culture.

Request more information below to get all the details. The active-adult lifestyle at a great location offered by The Crossings at Sweetbriar may be just what you’re looking for.


Penn National

Penn National

Fayetteville, PA
Homes from $230K + homesite
Penn National is located within an easy drive to great places like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and major nothern cities. Enjoy 4 beautiful seasons, tax benefits, and much more.
Courtland Park

Courtland Park

Mechanicsburg, PA
homes from $340K
Cortland Park, a 55+ community in Mechanicsburg’s prestigious Winding Hills, is Landmark Homes’ newest upcoming addition to the neighborhood. Set among 380 acres of scenic Cumberland Valley countryside, Winding Hills offers an experience unlike any other: a resort-like community comprised of distinct homes, surrounded by nature, but minutes from the area’s best in dining, shopping and recreation.

Start Your Pennsylvania Retirement Journey Today

Pennsylvania provides a wealth of options for retirees, from vibrant urban centers to peaceful small towns and scenic mountain retreats. Whether you seek cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, or a high quality of life, Pennsylvania has something to offer. Discover the best places to retire in Pennsylvania with Ideal-Living and start planning your perfect retirement today.

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