DuBois : Pennsylvania

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What it's Like to Retire in DuBois

DuBois, located in northwestern Pennsylvania, was settled in 1812,  and incorporated as a city in 1914. The city is named for John DuBois, who settled here in 1871, built a lumber mill, invented equipment, and improved worker safety. In 1938, his nephew, John E. DuBois, donated the family mansion and estate as a permanent home for the DuBois Campus of Penn State University.  Although DuBois was founded as a lumber town, the coal mining business eventually became the chief industry in DuBois in the early 1900's. Today, manufacturing and retail are the main industries in this town of 7,708 (2012 census), and it's still home to the DuBois campus of Penn State, with a full time enrollment of approximately 800 students.

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Where to Retire in DuBois and Home Prices

City-data reports the median cost of a home in DuBois was about $130,000 in early 2014.

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What is special about DuBois

DuBois is located in Northwest Pennsylvania where residents can enjoy hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities while living in a college town that also has a low cost of living.  It is also just down the road from Gobbler's Knob and Punxsutawney Phil.

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What is not special about DuBois

DuBois may be too quiet for some, and the nearest large city, (Pittsburgh), is a couple of hours away.  Winters can be long and cold and Dubois does get snow.

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Who will like retirement in DuBois

Retirees who want a small college town with a low cost of living and a low crime rate, may enjoy living here.

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Local economy is driven by

Manufacturing and Retail

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Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 23 degrees, July's average temperature is about 68 degrees.  DuBois gets about 43 inches of snow each winter.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

DuBois is home to the Winkle Gallery which displays the work of local artists;  Paul Reitz Theater is a performing arts center in downtown DuBois;  the town is host to an annual arts festival.

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Crime

DuBoise crime rate is below the national average.

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Medical facilities

DuBois Regional Medical Center

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Transportation

DuBois has a Regional Airport and the nearest large airport is in Pittsburgh, about 140 miles away; Trailways Transportaion services DuBois;  I80 passes through Dubois; It is considered a walkable community.

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What people are saying about DuBois

Dubois, Wyoming
This informative comment came from member livingdubois who suggested we add Dubois- thanks! We relocated from New York City to Dubois, slowly, beginning about 8 years ago. Like so many other people, we came here once, fell in love, and couldn\'t stop coming. Some people decide to move here just as they are passing through town on their way to or from Yellowstone Park. Don\'t let the average temperatures fool you. This is high mountain desert, and the air is dry. So it feels milder in summer and winter than what you read on the thermometer. If you\'re fit, it\'s a fabulous place. If you like to be active, it\'s even more fabulous. The only issue is the altitude, but as I said, if you\'re fit ... Dubois is wonderfully remote, surrounded by the wilderness of the oldest official forest in the US, Shoshone National Forest. It\'s only 90 minutes from the southern entrance to Yellowstone Park and from Jackson Hole, with its fancy restaurants and shops. Yet here you can really be away from it all, and pursue whatever interests you. The Internet service is unmatched in reliability. You can get a great massage, a cappuccino, and a very good prime rib. In the summer, the population swells with artists, musicians, photographers, and others who can\'t resist being here. Yet many, particularly artists, also stay all winter.
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Facts about DUBOIS
  • State: PA
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • 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: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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