5 Communities in Easton

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Overview 

Easton is a city in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, located approximately 55 miles north of Philadelphia. Retirees seeking affordable housing, all four seasons, and plentiful outdoor recreation in a quaint city will appreciate everything Easton has to offer. 

Climate & Geography

Located in Eastern Pennsylvania, Easton has a humid continental climate. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are cold. Residents can expect 40 inches of rainfall and 30 inches of snowfall, both of which are above the national average.

Easton is the meeting point of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, and it is the easternmost city in the Lehigh Valley. The low-lying area is surrounded by hills to the north, west, and south. 

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

Easton has an eclectic mix of outdoor recreation activities. Retirees can stroll through the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, an outdoor sculpture garden, or hike and bike through the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. 

The downtown area hosts a summer farmers market, several antique shops, and community events like Baconfest. There are several museums throughout the city, ranging from natural history to modern art. 

For more historic sites, cultural events, and vintage shopping, residents can head a half-hour to Allentown. The excitement of Philadelphia is an hour and a half away.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Easton is below the national average because of low housing costs.

Pennsylvania is very tax-friendly towards retirees. All forms of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, pensions, 401(k)s, and IRAs are not taxed for retirees over 60. In addition, homeowners and renters 65 or older are eligible for rebates of paid property tax or rent. 

Health Care

The Allentown metro area ranks in the top 90 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.

There are two hospitals in Easton: Easton Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus. Easton Hospital is rated high performing by U.S. News in its treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. 

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