Chambersburg : Pennsylvania

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What it's Like to Retire in Chambersburg

Chambersburg is an old town in extreme south-central Pennsylvania.  President Buchanan was born near here. The population is about 13,000 and holding steady. Newsmax named Chambersburg one of the top 25 "Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns" in 2009.  Photo of Memorial  Square courtesy of and per license at Wikipedia and Epstein.Mark.

Where to Retire in Chambersburg and Home Prices

 There are active adult communities in the area, including nearby Fayetteville.

According to Zillow the Home Value Index was $136,500 in early 2016.

What is special about Chambersburg

Chambersburg is in a  part of Pennsylvania with a rich history through colonial days to the Civil War and beyond.The downtown boasts the restored Capitol Theatre.  Chambersburg is home to Wilson College.

What is not special about Chambersburg

Although the countryside is nice, it is isolated with no major airport or city close by.


Who will like retirement in Chambersburg

People who like small towns in peaceful areas of Pennsylvania will like Chambersburg.

Local economy is driven by

There is considerable manufacturing activity in the Chambersburg area, as well as agricultural production. Wilson College is one of the larger employers.


Climate and Physical Environment

Chambersburg is in the rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Chambersburg boasts a historic Capitol Theatre in its downtown. The spectacular facility opened in 1927; it was renovated in 1996.  The theater has its original organ, a Moller Opus 4800, that was installed in 1926. The Cumberland Valley Theatre Organ Society is working with the community to restore the instrument. Wilson College provides a local source of culture.



The crime rate is slightly above average.

Medical facilities

Chambersburg Hospital serves the area.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I 70) is quite close to Chambersburg.

Valuable Links

Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
Wikipedia for Chambersburg

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  • State: PA
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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