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Retire in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania?
Overview: The cute little village of Eagles Mere is snuggled around Eagles Mere Lake in the unspoiled mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. It started as a family resort in the 1800s and today is primarily a vacation destination.
Nearly the entire town - 234 buildings - is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and beautiful Victorian, Queen Anne and Prairie School "cottages" built by the original families still stand. Non-residential historic structures include the Eagles Mere Inn (1887), the Sweet Shop (1885) and at least two Catholic and Episcopal churches. The lake has a boathouse, a marina with small sailboats, and the country club has an 18 hole golf course. Residents (and tourists) enjoy two summer antique shows, a fall arts and craft show and summer theater productions courtesy of the Eagles Mere Friends of the Arts group. There are several museums, a bookstore, an art gallery, a bank and a handful of restaurants, one of which is in a bed and breakfast and another in the historic Eagles Mere Inn.
Non historic homes range from rambling ranches and cabins to modern Colonials. Most services are provided by the county, and further supplies are found in neighboring villages.
Population: 120 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 60%
Cost of Living: 45% above the national average
Median Home Price: $595,000
Climate: Summers are cool with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and 68 inches of snow each year. The elevation is 2,061 feet above sea level.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No. The closest hospital that accepts Medicare patients is 25 miles away in Williamsport. Eagles Mere Medical Associates is about 90 minutes away and specializes in geriatric medicine.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The closest accredited hospital is 25 miles away in Williamsport (and it is a Primary Stroke Center).
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 76%
Is Pennsylvania Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Eagles Mere is isolated, and there is no doctor in town.
Notes: Eagles Mere is very quiet in the winter. The nearest interstate highway is 24 miles away. The town's year-round population has more than doubled in the last decade. During the summer, the population reaches 3,000.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Maybe. Eagles Mere is cute, safe and has a mature demographic, but its isolated location, lack of a hospital and lack of medical professionals are concerns.
Established by William Penn as a sanctuary for Quakers, the Keystone State was the site of two Continental Congresses. The Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution became products of the second congress in 1775. Pennsylvania also played a decisive role in the American Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg gave General Meade with a key win and put an end to the South's Northern Invasion.
The Appalachian mountains are Pennsylvania's backbone. The state has 140 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie and the Delaware Estuary. Five regions - the Allegheny Plateau, the Ridge and Valley, the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, and the Erie Plain - help provide a diversity of landscape and climate. Although Philadelphia, the state's most populous city, may experience some subtropical temperatures, the rest of the state can experience cold winters.
Pennsylvania's economy is one of the largest in the country and the world. It's a leading coal producer and the only state to mine anthracite. Fortune 500 companies based in Pittsburgh include U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, and H.J. Heinz. Locomotives for GE Transportation Systems are assembled in Erie. Mushrooms, apples, and Christmas trees are a few of the state's agricultural products.
Although it was the second state to enter the Union on December 12, 1787, Pennsylvania has recorded a large list of firsts. Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also the birthplace of the nation's first zoo. Titusville claims the world's first oil well.
Population - 12,784,227
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent - 7%
White persons, not Hispanic, percent - 77%
Median household income - $53,599
Median home value- $166,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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