Wexford, named after County Wexford in Ireland, is small, quaint suburb of Pittsburgh. The area has grown in recent years, and it is ideal for active adults looking for natural landscapes. In addition to its local amenities, Wexford’s proximity to major metro areas makes it popular among retirees.
Climate & Geography
Pennsylvania has a large range of climates, but temperatures in the summer generally reach the 80s while winters dip into the 20s. Wexford is located in Allegheny County, which is surrounded by many rivers, including the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. The county’s industrial growth caused clearcutting of forestry, but significant woodlands remain.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Popular outdoor recreation sites include North Park, North Park Lake, and the Latodami Nature Center. Residents also enjoy the offerings at Shenot Farm and Market and Soergel Orchards.
Indoors, residents have plenty of amenities, including the Wexford Ale House, True Rest Float Spa, and the Wexford General Store Antiques. Pittsburgh, only 20 minutes away, offers more shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Wexford’s cost of living is higher than the state and national averages because of high housing costs.
Despite high housing costs, Pennsylvania is very tax friendly to retirees. The state does not tax retirement income, including Social Security benefits, IRAs, 401(k)s, and pensions. Furthermore, retirees over the age of 65 may qualify for a property tax break.
The Pittsburgh metro area ranks in the top 80 communities on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are no hospitals in Wexford, but there are several hospitals in Pittsburgh that are rated high performing by U.S. News. These include UPMC Passavant, Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Hospital, and UPMC St. Margaret.
Additionally, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh is nationally ranked and the No. 15 hospital in the country.