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Should I Retire in Lancaster, PA?

Retirement is the beginning of a new stage of life. New adventures and possibilities await you in your golden years, but where should you retire? What do you consider when choosing the right place for your retirement?

There are a lot of places out there, but there’s something special about Lancaster that makes it one of the best cities in Pennsylvania to retire in. We know how important retiring in the right place is. Retirement brings a unique sense of freedom to your life you’ve never experienced before.

So why is Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a good place to retire? Let’s explore that in this guide to Lancaster for retirees.

What Makes Lancaster, PA, so Special?

What makes Lancaster county so attractive as a retirement option? This area has all the right amenities to make the retired life comfortable and easy, as well as a charming small-town feel.

Lancaster ranks as the number one best place to retire in the United States for 2022-2023. In 2021, the city ranked as the fifth best place to retire in the U.S. What caused it to rise so much? The area has earned this spot on the ranking because of its health care facilities for seniors, affordable taxes for retirees and the metro area filled with happy citizens. That’s only the start of it. Don’t just take our word for it, though — let’s show you all the benefits of retiring in Lancaster.


When you retire, you want a fair climate that’s easy to live in. You want a climate that you can enjoy and can experience the most activities year-round.

Lancaster has a fair climate and four distinct seasons that change the ambiance and environment in their own picturesque ways. Here is some useful information about Lancaster’s climate:

  • On average, Lancaster gets 43 inches of rain per year — the overall U.S. average is 38 inches.
  • Lancaster receives a manageable amount of snow, with an average of 20 inches per year, while the U.S. average is 28 inches.
  • There are 202 sunny days per year in Lancaster on average. The U.S. average is 205.
  • The summer high is usually around 85 degrees.
  • The winter low is 21 degrees.


Lancaster is an area with a long history that makes it easy to form a connection with the town and get swept up in the spirit of the community. A rich culture goes a long way to making a city feel like a home. This location has a story, and now you can be a part of it too. Explore more of the story of Lancaster to learn more about its fascinating history.

Lancaster is home to the oldest farmer’s market in the country. Lancaster Central Market is a haven for locally produced goods, delicious food, and a huge variety of organic produce, art, crafts, flowers and so much more.

There are loads of museums, theatres, lakes, parks and even a wolf sanctuary in Lancaster county. If you like the outdoors, appreciate art and enjoy keeping busy, Lancaster is the best place to enjoy your golden years.

What Is Lancaster Close To?

Lancaster not only has a lot to offer locally, but it’s also close to a lot of great places to visit and amenities. Lancaster county is in a prime location within Pennsylvania and has easy access to a lot of what the state has to offer.

In particular, our retirement community is close to so much that will make your life of retirement comfortable and convenient. Specifically, you will have access to:

Health Care Facilities

Woodcrest Villa is equipped with everything an older adult living community needs to keep everyone happy and healthy. It also has the benefit of being nearby a host of hospitals and medical facilities, with Lancaster General Hospital only being just a few miles away.

Lancaster Central Market

We are also a few miles away from Lancaster Central Market. Enjoy everything the market offers and immerse yourself in the artisanal delights that fill its vendors’ shelves.

Surround yourself with the organic products, modern art and lively atmosphere of the country’s oldest farmers market. This will be yours to explore and enjoy whenever you feel like it.

A Wealth of Shops and Amenities

Within five miles of our residential and care campuses, you will have access to plenty of grocery stores. You’ll have access to everything you need, and you won’t even need to go far out of your way to find it.

Not just that, but our retirement communities are within a 10-minute drive of Manheim Township Public Library. We’re also near a golf course, activity centers, churches, a variety of restaurants and shopping malls. You’ll find even more as you explore the nearby walkable neighborhood full of great businesses and venues.


Parks aren’t the only scenic places you’ll have easy access to in this area. Lancaster county is home to loads of farms and charming rustic destinations. Quaint, picturesque places filled to the brim with that good old country feel are just around the corner. Take advantage of the scenery around you and build connections with others in the community as you explore the natural side of Lancaster.

Roads and Transportation

Lancaster Train Station is less than three miles from Woodcrest Villa, so getting around is a simple feat. There are a few major roads that lead through Lancaster county, making it easy for loved ones to visit or for you to head out on a day trip. You’ll also be quite close to Lancaster Airport.


Woodcrest Villa is one of the best retirement communities near Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia is about an hour-long train ride away from Lancaster, making it easy to plan a day trip to the city. Go enjoy attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo or see the Liberty Bell. You can even catch a show at one of the many theaters in the city and dig into a classic Philly cheesesteak before heading home to Lancaster.

Retirement That Feels Right at Woodcrest Villa

Woodcrest Villa is a fantastic community for retirees in a metro area that was made for them too. Enjoy everything that makes Lancaster the perfect place to get the most out of your golden years and live an idyllic life of retirement.

Find out everything we can offer you and take a tour of our villas and apartments to find the home, the community and the life you’ve been waiting for.