Straban is a township in Central Pennsylvania, located 13 miles north of the Maryland border. Its proximity to the historical city of Gettysburg and low cost of living, have made Straban an enticing option for retirees. Aside from that, the town is home to a quaint downtown and a relaxed environment.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Straban is humid continental, meaning summers are hot and humid while winters are cold and snowy. Residents can expect more rain and slightly less snowfall than the national averages, and approximately 196 sunny days throughout each year.
The township is located in central Adams County, adjacent to the border of Gettysburg. Straban is built mostly on flat land but there are rolling hills that surround the town. There are also nature preserves and state parks that populate the area, and the Appalachian mountains are about 70 miles to the west.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
There is a large presence of historical appeal in Straban. It is home to some of the most popular locations in the nation such as the Gettysburg National Military Park, Adams County Historical Society, and Lincoln Train Museum. Aside from these, there are plenty more historical museums and art galleries.
There are also many local and state parks which are ideal for hiking, camping, sightseeing, and more. Not to mention, Straban is known for its quaint downtown and neighborly atmosphere.
Residents can find everything they need in town or in the neighboring Gettysburg, but for access to even more shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. can all be reached in less than two hours, providing the perfect opportunity for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Straban is lower than the national average. This is due to the housing cost which is less than the U.S median.
Pennsylvania is one of the most tax-friendly states in the nation. There is no tax on Social Security benefits or retirement savings accounts, and any public and private pension plan is exempt for residents who are 60+. Also, homeowners who are 65+ qualify for rebates on paid property tax or rent. The state sales tax rate is 6% and has many exemptions including clothing, groceries, prescription drugs, and residential fuels.
There are four hospitals and medical centers in proximity to Straban. Out of these, two of them are highly-rated in a number of procedures according to U.S News. They are Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster and Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg.