Sunset over Susquehanna River in Columbia, Pennsylvania during autumn

Pennsylvania is considered one of the most retirement-friendly states.

Believe it or not, Pennsylvania is considered one of the most retirement-friendly states in the country. The state has an affordable cost of living with great tax breaks for retirees on top of a wide selection of active adult communities.

Not only does Pennsylvania have a variety of 55+ communities that provide retirees with an active and social lifestyle, but the state also has plenty of cultural and historic attractions as well as top-notch outdoor recreation and entertainment options.

With so many benefits for retirees combined with a great selection of affordable age-restricted communities, it’s no wonder active adults flock to the Keystone State. Check out the top affordable 55+ communities in PA below.

Arbor Gate - Myerstown, PA

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Arbor Gate is an affordable 55+ community in Myerstown that consists of just 378 residences. Buyers can find quality-built, resale homes priced from the mid $100s that feature low-maintenance exteriors, main-level living, two or three bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

Arbor Gate also provides an exclusive clubhouse for residents of the community called Lakeview Center, which overlooks a fully stocked, three-acre fishing lake. It houses a ballroom, a craft room, a game room, an exercise room, billiards, table tennis, a beauty salon, and a coffee shop. This established 55+ community also takes care of sewer, trash removal, and common area lawn care, making it easy for residents to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.

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The Villages at Hillview - Coatesville, PA

Low $200s - Mid $500s

Exterior view of The Cabin with a garden and street sign out front located in The Villages at Hillview in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

This 55+ community also features amenity centers spread throughout the development.

Homebuyers can find beautiful new or resale homes priced from the low $200s in this active adult community in Chester County. The Villages at Hillview will host 672 homes upon completion, and buyers can choose from attached villas, townhomes, or single-family plans that come in a variety of styles and sizes. This 55+ community also features a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse as well as additional amenity centers spread throughout the development.

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Hershey’s Mill - West Chester, PA

Low $200s - High $700s

This gated, 55+ community in West Chester consists of 1,720 homes and has more than 3,000 residents. Hershey’s Mill is a popular active adult community because of its affordable attached homes.

Buyers can choose from a distinct line-up of resale homes found throughout the community’s 25 unique villages. All homes feature low-maintenance exteriors and first-floor master suites. Residents can also enjoy an active and social lifestyle thanks to the numerous indoor and outdoor amenities well as more than 35 clubs and activities.

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The Villages of Flowers Mill - Langhorne, PA

Low $400s - Mid $500s

A welcome sign near the entrance gate in The Villages of Flowers Mill, located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

This established development has 675 attached and single-family homes.

The Villages of Flowers Mill is a gated 55+ community in Bucks County that offers retirees a low-maintenance lifestyle. This established development has 675 homes and a homeowners' association that takes care of landscaping, snow removal, and clubhouse maintenance.

Homes are priced from the mid $300s and offer open floor plans and elegant first-floor master suites. Residents also have access to a charming clubhouse that features a number of social spaces like a ballroom, an indoor pool, an arts and crafts studio, a card room, and a billiards room. Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy using the pool, athletic courts, a practice putting green, and walking and biking trails.

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Alden Place - Lebanon, PA

Mid $200s - High $500s

The brick Alden Place welcome sign surrounded by wood chips in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Alden Place provides direct access to The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail.

Alden Place is a welcoming 55+ community in Lebanon County that provides retirees with modern, reasonably priced home designs. Buyers can choose from attached villas and detached homes that range from 1,449 to 2,473 square feet. Upon completion, Alden Place will have 505 homes sprawled across 270 acres.

Homeowners also have a well-appointed clubhouse that's the central hub of activities and events. Residents can stay healthy by using the exercise room and indoor pool. Neighbors can mingle in social spaces like the ballroom, catering kitchen, cafe, salon, or game room. Outdoors, they can take advantage of the community’s direct access to The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, a 12.5-mile walking path that's perfect for leisurely strolls among nature.

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The Arbours at Eagle Point – Philadelphia, PA

Mid $300s - Mid $400s

The Arbours at Eagle Point is an inviting active adult community situated in the City of Brotherly Love. Homes in this attractive community feature elegant designs with open layouts, energy-efficient appliances, spacious master suites, and beautiful kitchens. Residents also enjoy a private 5,000-square-foot clubhouse that provides a social hub with plenty of amenities.

Neighbors can mingle in the expansive great room, discover a new book in the library, or host a club event in the meeting room. Outdoors, homeowners stay active by swimming laps in the pool or lounging on the patio during the warmer months. This 55+ community also hosts exciting activities and events for all to participate like football parties, bocce ball tournaments, billiards and other games, potlucks, and golf outings.

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Traditions of America at Silver Spring - Mechanicsburg, PA

Mid $200s - High $300s

View of a pool, patio, and pool houses located in Traditions of America at Silver Spring in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Traditions of America at Silver Spring offers retirees a tranquil, low-maintenance environment.

This inviting active adult community in Central Pennsylvania offers retirees a tranquil and low-maintenance environment. Upon completion, Traditions of America at Silver Spring will consist of 517 attached and single-family homes, offering buyers a great collection of new and resale homes starting in the mid $200s.

A spacious clubhouse also offers residents a wide range of amenities like a banquet room, billiards, a cafe, a theater, an indoor spa, a fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, and a bocce ball court. A full-time lifestyle director is also on-site to help residents plan parties, arrange day trips, or schedule classes.

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