Hanover is a quiet, residential town in the greater York metropolitan area of Pennsylvania. It is popular for its abundant chain and boutique shopping, as well as its local farmers market and arts center. In addition, residents enjoy proximity to multiple state parks for outdoor recreation.
Climate & Geography
Located in Central Pennsylvania, Hanover experiences a humid continental climate. Summers are warm and humid with frequent thunderstorms, and winters are cold and snowy. Residents can expect more than average rain, average snowfall of about 30 inches, and 196 days of sun.
The majority of this region is made up of rolling hills as the northern end of the Appalachian Mountains is to the west. Hanover is situated between the Michaux State Forest to the west and the Susquehanna River to the east.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Much of the outdoor recreation in Hanover is just outside the city. Codorus State Park to the southeast has a large lake with boat rentals, walking trails, and fishing, and Michaux State Forest to the northwest has woodland trails as well as a 9-hole golf course. In addition, the South Hills Golf Club is located within the city.
There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in Hanover. The “Golden Mile” on Eisenhower Drive is a major retail center with brand name shops like Walmart and The Home Depot. North Hanover Mall also has large clothing chains and restaurants. Residents looking for smaller, boutique shopping and local eateries can head downtown to Main Street Hanover. This area is also home to a performing arts center and numerous craft breweries.
Another popular destination is the Markets at Hanover, a local indoor farmers market and food court open on the weekends. In addition to Hanover’s amenities, residents are under an hour away from the conveniences, art, and history of York.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Hanover’s cost of living is below the national average because of low housing costs. Groceries, health care, and utilities are all above average.
Pennsylvania does not tax any form of retirement income. Property taxes in the state are high, but retirees can qualify for a rebate to help alleviate those costs. Sales taxes are lower than average.
The York metro area ranks in the top 140 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
UPMC Pinnacle Hanover is the only hospital within city limits. Nearby hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News include Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster and WellSpan York Hospital in York.