DuBois : Pennsylvania


What It Is 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. Photo of DuBois Historic District courtesy of Wikipedia and Pubdog (public domain); Photo of Downtown DuBois courtesy of Wikipedia and Doug Kerr, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in DuBois and Home Prices

City-data reports the median cost of a home in DuBois was about $88,461 in early 2020.


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.


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.


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.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing and Retail


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.


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.



DuBoise crime rate is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

DuBois Regional Medical Center



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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City of DuBois


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