Climate & Geography
Mount Vernon has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Throughout the year rainfall is slightly above the national average, snowfall is slightly below the average, and the city sees approximately 178 days of sun each year.
The city is within the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau and surrounded by rolling hills and valleys. The Kokosing River passes through the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
For retirees interested in learning a new hobby, Pine Row Studio offers a variety of classes working with clay such as building clay face planters, wheel classes, and workshops. Knox County Historical Museum displays artifacts of Knox County’s past, hosts monthly speakers and programs, educational presentations, and more.
Active adults who enjoy being in nature can visit Kokosing Gap Trail, the 14-mile recreational trail is open all day, everyday and features a historical locomotive and caboose, environmental center, playground, and Kokosing River where canoeing and kayaking is permitted. Golfers can play at Chapel Hill Golf Club. The golf course offers five sets of tees, ranging from 4,600 to 6,950 yards, events, and scenic views of rolling terrain.
Ariel-Foundation Park is the repurposed site of a glass factory. The 250-acre park offers architectural ruins, lakes, observation tower, walking trails, steel sculptures, museum, and connections to the Kokosing Gap Trail.
The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival is held every year in downtown Mount Vernon and musical acts, contests, flower show, arts, crafts, and trades show, and more.
Located less than an hour drive from Mount Vernon, retirees can visit Columbus for additional entertainment and recreation options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
In Ohio, military pensions, Railroad Retirement, and Social Security benefits are exempt. Retirees can also claim a tax credit up to $200 on other types of retirement income. The cost of living in Mount Vernon is lower than the state and national average. Housing and transportation costs are well below the national index. There is a 7.25 percent sales tax in Mount Vernon.
Although there are no nationally ranked hospitals in Mount Vernon, in Columbus the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is ranked and rated high performing in 9 specialties by U.S. News, and the Ohio Riverside Methodist Hospital and Mount Carmel East and West Hospitals are also rated high performed