Titusville : Pennsylvania

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What it's Like to Retire in Titusville

Titusville is the site of the first oil well in the world. Located in northwestern Pennsylvania about 50 miles south of Erie, this town has an unusual stock of Victorian mansions dating from the original oil boom in 1859.  Two streets are still paved in red bricks (Washington and Perry Streets) which add to the charm. The town has had its share of ups and down as first the oil boom died and then its local steel industry faded out.  Now plastics and lumber are the key industries, along with some tourism. 

The town is home to the Titusville Campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The campus is centered around the largest remaining mansion from the oil boom, the former Haskell-McKinney mansion.  If you love hunting and fishing Titusville is a great place to live.  The population is less than 8,000, and about the same number live in the surrounding countryside.

Where to Retire in Titusville and Home Prices

It is possible to buy a historic Victorian mansion in good shape for less than $200,000.

What is special about Titusville

Drake Well park and museum, the historic site of the world's first oil well

What is not special about Titusville

It is remote and the economy has been in decline for a long time.

Who will like retirement in Titusville

People who like living in small towns with a lot of history

Local economy is driven by

Plastic pipe, machine shops, education, tourism

Climate and Physical Environment

Ttusville is in hilly country that represents the northwestern end of the Appalachians. Remnants of the last ice age are present in the creeks and huge boulders  in the area. Oil Creek is so named because in the 19th century crude oil was so close to the surface that it flowed on top of the creek

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Pitt campus provides some cultural offerings. Otherwise it is a 50 mile drive to Erie and 100 miles to Pittsburgh


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Medical facilities

Titusville Hospital services the town and surrounding area.


Titusville has a small airport servicing private airplanes.  Interstates 79 and 80 are each about 30 miles away to the west and south.

Valuable Links

Guide to Pennsylvania retirement communities
Drake Well Museum

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Facts about TITUSVILLE
  • State: PA
  • Environment: Rural,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): Less than $100,000
  • 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: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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