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Phoenixville is a borough located in Eastern Pennsylvania, northwest of Philadelphia. The borough is popular among retirees for its natural scenery, close-knit community, and many activities and amenities for residents to enjoy.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Phoenixville is classified as humid continental, which means summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold. The borough receives more rainfall than the national average, less snowfall, and over 200 sunny days each year.
The surrounding terrain is mostly flat, low-lying land, with many wetland areas. Schuylkill River runs along the borough's northeastern border, and French Creek flows through Phoenixville.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Those looking for activities in Phoenixville have plenty of options to explore in the area. For example, Phoenixville Farmers’ Market is a well known weekend destination for locals. Residents can stop by the market every Saturday to pick up locally grown produce and other goods. Bluebird Distilling is a small batch distillery located in Phoenixville, where visitors can learn about the whiskey making process and enjoy a drink at the distillery. The Phoenixville area also offers a variety of events and festivals for locals to enjoy throughout the year.
Phoenixville residents that like to explore the outdoors can enjoy a peaceful stroll near the wetlands at Black Rock Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to various species of wildlife and has a paved trail for visitor use. Phoenixville is also home to several golf clubs, offering fans of the sport outdoor recreational opportunities during the warmer months.
In addition, Phoenixville offers plenty of shopping and dining options to residents, and is just over an hour away from Philadelphia for anyone who wants to experience more extensive shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Phoenixville is higher than the state and national averages. The higher cost of housing plays the biggest role in raising the overall cost of living.
Pennsylvania is considered quite tax friendly to retirees. Social Security benefits and retirement savings accounts are exempt from income tax in the state, and all pensions are exempt for residents who are 59.5+. On the other hand, property tax rates are somewhat high and due to the high cost of housing, this could potentially be a significant expense. There are however property tax relief programs to help offset this cost, depending on residents' age, income, and other factors.
There is one medical center, Phoenixville Hospital, which is located within the borough to provide residents easy access to health care services. Other hospitals in the area include Paoli Hospital in Paoli, and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton. Paoli Hospital is rated as high performing in four specialties and two procedures/conditions according to U.S. News. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery is rated as high performing in one procedure. Penn Presbyterian Hospital and Jefferson University Hospital are both located nearby in Philadelphia, and are ranked the No. 2 and No. 3 Hospitals in the state.