Want to know what life is like with independent senior living in Pennsylvania from Upside? Well, it’s probably a lot like your life today – only without as much household maintenance to worry about! That’s because Upside offers senior living apartments in Pennsylvania that are perfect for active adults looking to downsize or who want to experience exciting cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on their own terms. Retiring in Pennsylvania also has major tax benefits. Let’s explore.
The Keystone State is just one of two states in the US that considers retirement – or pension income – as completely tax exempt. That’s right. Choosing a 55+ community in Pennsylvania means no more retirement income taxes! Pennsylvania also has the lowest flat tax rate in the country. It all adds up to a lower cost of living, which strengthens your purchasing power without sacrificing your quality of life. However, the benefits of independent senior living in Pennsylvania don’t stop here.
Like other cities along the rust belt, Pittsburgh was built on the booming steel industry that started in the late 19th century. Fast forward to today, and you won’t find any steel mills operating within city limits. What you will find, however, is a long-lasting legacy of industrialized development, perhaps best exemplified by the city’s many steel bridges serving as reminders of Pittsburgh’s molten-hot origins. There is also a professional football team.
Philadelphia, on the other hand, is Pennsylvania’s most populous city, and it can rightfully be included as one of the most pivotal cities of the early United States of America. Today, the City of Brotherly Love is also known for cheesesteaks, pro sports, and murals. Yes, murals. Philly boasts more than 3,600 professionally painted murals adorning buildings and other structures throughout the city.
Experience pop-art perfection: Downtown Pittsburgh is home to the world-famous Andy Warhol Museum. It’s one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to a single artist, and every visit leaves you with something to think about, laugh about, or talk about – all of which are priceless souvenirs you won’t find in the admittedly impressive gift shop.
Get an eyeful at the Strip District: The Strip District is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods, and today it serves as the prime destination for shopping, dining, and sampling the area’s local spirits. Speaking of good eats, you’ll find the original Primanti Bros. restaurant here. This now-iconic monument to meat started during the Great Depression in 1933 as a humble sandwich cart serving busy, working-class Pittsburghers. Today, it’s an institution filling the hungry bellies of tourists and locals alike.
Let your freedom ring in Philly: Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, which is where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. It’s also where the fictional Rocky Balboa – a true working-class hero of American folklore – embarked upon his unlikely but ultimately victorious battle against the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed. And yes, if you want to attempt the “stair climbing” scene, you can do that too… Just head over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to get your steps in.
Whether you’re considering Pittsburgh in eastern PA or Philly to the west, Pennsylvania could be the perfect place to retire or to start fresh. Choose from our huge selection of hand-picked apartments, including many different layouts and sizes, then enjoy the tax benefits that come with retiring in a state that does not tax pension income. With Upside, independent senior living in Pennsylvania is free from strict schedules, surprise fees, and the other trappings of typical 55 and over communities in PA.