Blue Bell : Pennsylvania


What It Is Like to Retire in Blue Bell

Blue Bell, a wealthy town in Montgomery County and suburb of Philadelphia,  was originally known as Pigeontown, Pennsylvania, after the large flocks of the now-extinct passenger pigeons that once gathered there. The town was renamed in 1840 after the historically prominent Blue Bell Inn. The median HH income is about $120,000. Picture of Whitpain Public School listed on the National Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia and Shuvaev, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/; picture of Unisys HQ courtesy of Wikipedia and Prayukth in the public domain.


Where to Retire in Blue Bell and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the Home Value was $447,498 in early 2020.  There are active adult communities in the area; see link at left and also look under Philadelphia.


What Is Special about Blue Bell

Blue Bell is known for its large executive-style homes, major business parks, small community shopping facilities, and small businesses. In July 2005, Money magazine ranked Blue Bell 14th on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States".

What Is Not Special about Blue Bell

High cost of living; It does snow in Blue Bell during the winter months; Blue Bell is not considered a walkable community.


Who Will Like Retirement in Blue Bell

Those who would like a small town with a low crime rate, yet close enough to a large city (Philadelphia), for all the cultural events and activities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Blue Bell is home to the global headquarters of Unisys. Aetna, an insurance provider, also maintains an office in Blue Bell. It also is home to the Montgomery County Community College, Wings Field Airport, and Meadowlands Country Club.
The two nearest major shopping malls are the Montgomery Mall in North Wales and the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting.

Climate and Physical Environment

Blue Bell's average January's temperature is 30 degrees with the average July temperature being about 77 degrees.  The town receives around 22 inches of snow each winter.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For great restaurants and the cultural scene, Philadelphia is only about 20 miles away.



Blue Bell has a very low crime rate


Medical Facilities

There is a hospital in Norristown, just 5 miles away.



The nearest international airport is in Philadelphia, approximately 30 miles away.


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