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Washington is a city in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The city is known as “Little Washington” to locals in order to distinguish it from Washington D.C. A quaint East Coast life and easy access to major cities make Washington an exciting retirement destination.
Climate & Geography
Washington has a humid continental climate. The average summer high temperature is in the 80s and the average winter low temperature is in the 20s. The average annual precipitation is roughly 40 inches of rainfall.
Washington is situated on hilly land that is west of the Appalachian Mountains, and Chartiers Creek runs through the city. Additionally, Pittsburgh is located approximately 30 miles from Washington.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Washington is a quaint city with several indoor and outdoor activities. Active adults frequently make their way to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, and there are a number of breweries and wineries scattered throughout the city.
Shopping in Washington is widely available and ranges from farmers markets to outlet malls. In addition, the arts and entertainment of Pittsburgh are under an hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Washington is below the state and national averages. This is mainly due to the average home cost, which is below the national average.
Pennsylvania is very tax friendly towards retirees. Social Security benefits and pensions are not taxed. All other retirement income is exempt from taxation after the age of 59 ½. Homeowners and renters 65 or older are eligible for rebates of paid property tax or rent.
The Pittsburgh metro area ranks in the top 80 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are three hospitals rated high performing by U.S. News within 20 miles of Washington: Washington Hospital-Pennsylvania, St. Clair Hospital, and Monongahela Valley Hospital. Washington Hospital-Pennsylvania is rated high performing in heart failure. St. Clair Hospital is regionally ranked and rated high performing in five adult procedures and conditions. Finally, Monongahela Valley Hospital is rated high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure.