Voorhees is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, best known for being a suburb in the Philadelphia metro area. Retirees that are seeking to live in a quaint east coast town with access to a major city and all four seasons will be sure to appreciate Voorhees.
Climate & Geography
Voorhees has a mix of humid continental and humid subtropical climate types. The average annual high temperature is in the mid 60s and the average annual low temperature is in the high 40s. The average annual precipitation is roughly 40 inches of rainfall.
The terrain surrounding Voorhees is primarily flatland with a mix of wooded areas and suburban, residential neighborhoods. The larger city of Philadelphia is approximately 15 miles northwest, on the opposite side of the The Delaware River. The river, which flows southwest into the Delaware Bay, also delineates the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Also to the east and southeast is the area known as the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
During the warmer months, active adults frequently take a stroll and bike ride through the township's parks. There are many state parks and forest preserves in the Pine Barrens for residents seeking additional outdoor recreation opportunities.
Shopping in Voorhees ranges from antique shops to fashion malls, and there are regular farmers markets for fresh produce. The larger city of Philadelphia is near enough for residents to take day trips to explore a wider variety of activities, and for an easy weekend getaway, New York City as well as the Baltimore-D.C. metro area can be reached in under three hours.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Voorhees is just slightly above the national average, but well below the state average. The primary factor is the high cost of homes, housing, and utilities. Grocery costs are also slightly above the national average, however transportation and health care costs are below the average.
New Jersey is considered moderately tax friendly to retirees. The state does not tax Social Security benefits, and although all other forms of retirement income are taxable, residents who are 62+ may qualify for substantial deductions based on gross income. Property taxes in New Jersey are the highest in the country, however there is a homestead rebate exemption for qualifying residents to help offset that cost. Medicine and groceries are exempt from sales tax, which falls in the middle of average compared to other states.
There are three regionally ranked medical centers and hospitals located within 10 miles of Voorhees. They are Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Jefferson Health-Stratford Cherry Hill and Washington Township, and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. All three health care providers are rated high performing in a number of adult procedures and conditions by U.S. News.