According to a report by the U.S. News & World Report's "2024 Best Places to Retire," Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has taken the top spot for best city to retire in. Pennsylvania seems to be a top state for citizens to retire in as all cities in the top five of the report are in Pennsylvania. Following Harrisburg, Reading, PA comes in second, Lancaster, PA comes in third, Scranton, PA comes in fourth and Allentown, PA takes the fifth place spot. Last year, Lancaster took the first place spot on the list where the central city serves as one of the oldest inland towns in the United States.
According to U.S. News & Report, the various categories taken into consideration each year were tweaked. Some things that the report took note of were weather temperatures and how many restaurants, bars and activities were available per 1,000 residents. The scores based on happiness and desirability focused primarily on price for general goods, where the outlet reported that there was quite the expansion in this category this year.
In sixth place for best city to retire in was New York City. It climbed the charts this year after it was in the number fourteen spot in last year's report. In seventh place, Pennsylvania took over again with York. Daytona Beach, Florida and Youngstown, Ohio took the number eight and nine spots this year. Rounding out the top ten list with Pittsburgh, PA coming in tenth place of the 2024 report. It had a 10-spot climb after being number twenty last year on the charts. There is no doubt that Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, and according to the report, it is a great option for soon-to-be retirees to consider when planning where they'd like to settle down. "As retirees consider where to spend their golden years, they want areas that not only give them the best bang for their buck, but places where they can live a happy, healthy life," U.S. News personal finance expert Beverly Herzog said. "That is why Pennsylvania dominated the Best Places to Retire ranking’s top positions, taking seven out of the top 10 spots on the list."