McDonald is a town in Pennsylvania 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh between Alleghany and Washington Counties. Its ideal location and low cost of living has made it an enticing option for retirees. The town is also known for its friendly atmosphere and plenty of local amenities.
Climate & Geography
McDonald is a small town in Western Pennsylvania. Summers are sunny and partly cloudy, while winters can be freezing. Residents can also expect more rain than the national average.
The town is built mostly on low, flat land and made up of several subdivisions. Along the borders of the city are forested areas and greenery.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
McDonald is known for its tight-knit neighborly feel. Most people do their shopping at the Kinsey Vintage Market and The Mall at Robinson. There are also a few farmers markets around the town where residents can find fresh fruits and vegetables.
McDonald is home to two orchards, Half Crown Hill Orchard and Brown’s Orchard and Cider Co. Residents can go to these locations for tours and seasonal attractions.
McDonald is only a half-hour drive from Pittsburgh, a large metropolitan city that has even more amenities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in McDonald is less than the national and state averages. This is due to housing costs well below the U.S average.
Pennsylvania is one of the most tax-friendly states in the nation. There is no tax on Social Security benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, withdrawals from savings accounts, or any public and private pensions. Homeowners 65 and older may qualify for rebates on property taxes and rent. The combined sales tax rate for McDonald is 6 percent.
The Pittsburgh metro area scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 76 communities.
There are many hospitals and medical centers near McDonald. The city is also within driving distance of Pittsburgh, where there are three hospitals rated high performing by U.S. News. They are Allegheny General Center, UPMC Mercy, and West Penn Hospital. There is also UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties and rated high performing in nine procedures.