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Overview

Bensalem is a popular township located northeast of Philadelphia in Eastern Pennsylvania. The area has a rich history, and the community hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Bensalem is home to the serene Neshaminy State Park as well as a number of popular shopping and entertainment options.

Climate & Geography

Bensalem experiences all four seasons, and the area receives an average number of sunny days as well as more rainfall and less snowfall than average. The town is located on lower-lying land.

Bensalem is located on the fall line between the flat terrain of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the rolling hills of the Piedmont Plateau. The town is home to Neshaminy State Park and is bordered by the Delaware River.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Bensalem has plenty of activities and entertainment options to offer throughout the year. Locals enjoy visiting Central Park for the Penn Community Bank Amphitheater, which hosts outdoor musical performances during the warmer months. Each year, the Bensalem Fall Festival is held in Central Park. Another popular spot for live entertainment in Bensalem is the Xcite Center. Located inside of Parx Casino, the Xcite Center hosts events like comedy shows and live music.

Neshaminy State Park presents visitors with a peaceful retreat to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Situated beside the Delaware River, the park offers hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities, and residents can enjoy the park’s stunning river views all year.

In addition, many boutiques and eateries are located in Bensalem. The Neshaminy Mall provides the area with well-known shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Historical Society of Bensalem takes pride in preserving the area’s historical past. The society offers a museum and learning center where locals can learn about the area’s history and view artifacts. For even more entertainment, Philadelphia is a half-hour away.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The overall cost of living in Bensalem is higher than the state and national averages because of high housing costs.

For retirees over 60, Pennsylvania exempts all forms of retirement income from taxation, including Social Security benefits, 401(k)s, IRAs, and pensions. The combined sales tax in Bensalem is lower than average at 6 percent, but property taxes are higher than average.

Health Care

The Philadelphia metro area ranks in the top 105 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.

Bensalem residents have access to two health care facilities in town. These include Livengrin Foundation Hospital and Rotham Specialty Hospital, the latter of which is rated high performing by U.S. News. Other nearby high performing hospitals include Jefferson Health-Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, and Nazareth Hospital. Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Pennsylvania Hospital, both in Philadelphia, are nationally ranked.

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