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Retiring in Pittsburgh

By:  William G. Michaud

American’s retiring citizens have been at the center of much attention in the media for the past few years. Bloomberg reported that last year in the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that weren’t in work rose by 800,000. As the number increases more Americans are looking for new pastures that will suit their needs. In this post we examine why Pittsburgh is the ideal city for retirees.

Pittsburgh has developed a reputation as one of the best cities in the U.S. to retire to. Here on Popular Pittsburgh we stated that Pittsburgh is the oldest city in America with 23.6% of the population over 60. In our article we note that the city has clearly adapted to its aging population by having a wide range of retirement communities.

The city has several key points that make it attractive to retirees. In Livability’s ranking of the top cities to retire to, they put Pittsburgh at number 5. They believe that the city’s high score for hospital facilities, U.S. News and Report awarded 8 of Pittsburgh’s 43 hospitals the highest rank, making it ideal for senior citizens. As well as looking after the residents, Pittsburgh also has a strong cultural and entertainment center that includes several world-class museums. Another major benefit is that Pennsylvania doesn’t tax retirement income and is generally cheaper than neighboring states.

Pittsburgh is gradually shedding the perception that it is a crumbling steel industry city. Contrary to popular belief, Pittsburgh has proven to be one of America’s most resilient cities and was recognized as one of the few American cities to withstand the 2009 financial crash. It has regenerated to become a top American location for high tech firms, medical centers, and educational institutes.

The environment plays an important role in the city’s identity. Pittsburgh has an abundance of green space and parks, not to mention the two rivers that cut through the city. Compared to the concrete jungles of New York, LA and Chicago, Pittsburgh is a much more relaxed and environmentally friendly city.

Of course it is not just Pittsburgh that retirees are moving to. Many are setting their sights on cities that have been highlighted as ideal for retirement. WalletHub analyzed 50 states on affordability, heath-related factors, and overall quality of life, and found that Florida was the number one state in the U.S. to retire to.

This is unsurprising as Florida has many factors that make it attractive to retirees. The seafront city of Miami in particular is a popular place to retire to. Discover Homes in their top 10 reasons to retire in Miami, wrote that the warm climate is perfect for those who suffer with arthritis and other joint disorders. Alongside the beach lifestyle and large number of world-class golf courses, Miami, like Pittsburgh, feels like it was created for people to retreat to. If you fancy the sea and sun then Miami is the city for you. However, we do prefer the green spaces and vibe of Pittsburgh.

If you are living in Pittsburgh we hope you agree with our validation that the city is perfect for retirees. If you are reading this and looking for a place to retire to we hope that you consider our beautiful city as a potential destination for the next stage of your life.

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