Kennett Square : Pennsylvania

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What it's Like to Retire in Kennett Square

Kennett Square, a borough in Chester County, is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, not far from the Delaware border and about 38 miles west of Philadelphia. History has it William Penn and the Quakers arrrived here in 1682, and shortly after, Penn gave his daughter a tract of land which is now known as Kennett Square. Its history continues with British soldiers camping on their way to Philadelphia before defeating George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine, and military encampment during the war of 1812. The town is also known as an important part of the Underground Railroad as many of its prominent citizens helped slaves escape. In August 1989, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kennett Square has been known as the birthplace of the mushroom industry when the Quakers grew them successfully in greenhouses over 150 years ago. The town still produces more than half of the nation's mushrooms, and is considered to be the Mushroom Capital of the World, which is celebrated each summer during a popular two-day festival.

Today, the small historic town with a population of just over 6,000, offers shops, galleries, dining and musuems. It is also home to Longwood Gardens, one of the country's premier horticultural display gardens which is comprised of over 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. Picture of State Street in Kennett Square courtesy of Wikipedia and Coemgenus; picture of Longwood Gardens courtesy of Wikipedia; picture of Old Kennett Meetinghouse, a historic Quaker Meetinghouse and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, courtesy of Wikipedia and Smallbones.


Where to Retire in Kennett Square and Home Prices reports the Home Value Index to be $226,000 in late 2017. There are retirement communities here-see link on right.


What is special about Kennett Square

Kennett Square is a historical town that offers a lot to do for its size.  There are museums, an Amateur Theatrical Society, and a symphony orchestra. There is also a 106 acre park with an entertainment pavilion, fishing ponds, picnic areas, trails, and 18 holes of disc golf.


What is not special about Kennett Square

Winters are cool and it does get snow; taxes here are higher than in some other Pennsylvania counties.


Who will like retirement in Kennett Square

Retirees who are looking for a small town but close to a big city (Philadelphia) may enjoy living here.  There are festivals, volunteer opportunities, and an active senior center that provides services and social events.


Local economy is driven by

Due to the many mushroom farms, agriculture drives the economy. Genesis HealthCare, an operator of over 500 skilled nursing and assisted living residences, is headquarted here.  


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 30 degrees and July's average is 75 degrees.  The annual snowfall is about 20 inches.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Kennett Square is home to wineries, the arts, museum and parks. The town has a farmers market, a First Friday Art Stroll, an Amateur Theatrical Society, and a Symphony orchestra. The Kennett Underground Railroad Center offers guided tours to view sites and learn about abolitionists between 1830-1865, and Longwood Gardens is known as one of the world's great gardens. The Hadley Memorial Fund presents a series of cultural events and entertainment. The town also hosts festivals and events throughout the year, with the most popular being the Mushroom Fesival held annually in September, and has been highlighted on Food TV. Another claim to fame is Talula's Table, a farm to table restaurant which is considered one of the best in the Philadelphia area, and one of hardest restaurants in the U.S. To get a dinner reservation, which must be made a year in advance as there is only one table.



The crime rate in Kennett Square is well below the national average.


Medical facilities

Kennett Medical Campus is part of Chester County Hospital and Penn Medicine. Nearby Philadelphia offers all types of medical facilities.



Philadelphia International airport is just 30 miles away.


Valuable Links

Historic Kennett Square

Kennett Underground Railroad

Kennett Symphony

Longwood Gardens


What people are saying about Kennett Square

real estate taxes
mimis, if you go to website you can find the property taxes for almost any house. I moved from this area last year. Taxes there are usually 1.5% to 2% of the appraised value of the house. Next to Kennett Square is Unionville & Chadds Ford, which has such an excellent school district that is consistently rated in the top 5 of all the 450 school districts in Pennsylvania. There are other attractions nearby, such as the Winterthur estate and the Hagley Museum.
Posted by Dave McKay on December 07, 2017
Real Estate taxes
Thanks to Stclairrae for informative posting. My husband and I are retiring Dec. 31 and will move back East where we are both originally from (and both kids and grands are). DE, PA and VA are on our list for retirement and I have done a great deal of research. We drove through the Brandywine Valley in November and saw Kennet Square (loved it), West Chester etc. I know what our income taxes would be but am having a terrible time finding real estate taxes in Chester County. I am looking for a comprehensive number---school, municipal etc for a house around $600,000. Can you help with this? Many thanks
Posted by mimis on December 06, 2017
kennett info
We\'ve lived (and LOVED) Kennett Square for almost 21 years. Just want to say, there is not a hospital IN Kennett, but several excellent ones are within a few miles and Philadelphia is apx. 30 miles away with award winning medical facilities. Also, Kennett has even more things to do than mentioned. We have a brewfest in October (with classic cars) and Christmas festivities that include horse drawn carriage rides. We have miles of walking trails that are constantly being added to with the township acquiring more open land space each year. During the summer months there are free concerts in the park and each 3rd Thursday of the summer months the main street through town is closed so it can be opened to pedestrian traffic and tables are set up for dining outside. Kennett housing prices are higher than some other areas, but you get a lot for your money. Property taxes are high, but they contribute to an excellent school system. Another plus is that we are a short drive from Delaware which has no sales tax shopping and Lancaster with its rich history and outlet shopping. This is a beautiful part of the country and Kennett Square is working hard to preserve the lovely small town atmosphere while still providing all the amenities.
Posted by stclairrae on November 28, 2017

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  • State: PA
  • Environment: Small Town,Farming or Agricultural,
  • 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: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jdb

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