Report: Philly is One of the Best Cities for Retirement

The city and state earned points for being tax-friendly for retirees.

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A recently-released Kiplinger report found Philadelphia to be one of the best U.S. cities for retirement.

The report, which uses data from real-estate website Trulia, specifically features cities with neighborhoods that have “quiet streets, trails, parks, golf courses and other amenities, and easy access to hospitals and pharmacies.”

Kiplinger praised Pennsylvania for being tax-friendly for retirees, as the state doesn’t tax retirement income for those 59 1/2 years old or older. Plus, Philly residents don’t have to pay wage taxes if they’re not earning an income.

Good air quality and low crime rates were other factors analyzed in the study.

The report offered some Philly highlights, like the annual Broad Street Run, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, as well as venues like the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

More from the report:

Health-conscious retirees might spend their mornings shopping for fresh produce, meats and cheeses (and maybe the occasional cannoli) at the Ninth Street Italian Market or going for a bike ride among the gaggles of runners, walkers and strollers on scenic Kelly Drive. What’s more, Philly is home to several excellent university health systems, including those at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania.

And for those looking to live a little outside the city, the study said Manayunk earns major “walkability” points.

Other cities on the list include Naples, Florida; Lynchburg, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Greensboro, North Carolina, and Seattle.

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