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With its rolling green hills, charming Amish markets, and major metropolitan centers, Pennsylvania has a lot of variety to offer. The two major cities in the state are Philadelphia and Pittsburg, and between them is a beautiful rural landscape populated by small farming communities and mid-sized towns such as Lancaster, Hazleton, and Erie—and a wide range of potential places for ideal retirement communities.

There are four distinct seasons in Pennsylvania, with hot summers and cold winters. The state does get snowfall in winter, including lake-effect snowstorms from Lake Erie that can be quite severe. However, with the temperate spring, summer and fall, Pennsylvania residents have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors—the state’s rural areas are particularly known for their camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Pennsylvania has a reputation as a high-tax state and an expensive place to live, but that isn’t necessarily true. Median home prices in Pennsylvania’s rural areas and mid-sized towns tend to be much less expensive than the national average, although wealthy areas in Philadelphia tend to be considerably higher.

As for taxes, overall taxation in the state is considerably higher than the national average—but the picture isn’t as bleak for retirees. Military pensions and Social Security income are not taxed, and many pension and other retirement benefits are not taxable as well. In addition, Pennsylvania’s income tax rate is one of the lowest in the country at 3.07%.

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