Want to Retire Early? You're in the Right City

In a recent study, Pittsburgh was ranked in the top 10 cities in the country for early retirement.

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Pittsburgh is becoming increasingly attractive for millennials, but it also offers appeal to an older demographic.

In a new study, the personal finance technology company SmartAsset ranked Pittsburgh as the eighth best city in the country for early retirees.

The study considered theses metrics:

  • Number of medical facilities per resident
  • Unemployment rate
  • Violent and property crime rates
  • The average effective income
  • Property and sales tax rates
  • Annual health care cost
  • Cost of living
  • Percent of income spent on housing.

Pittsburgh did particularly well in health care rankings, coming in sixth for average health care expenses. Pittsburgh also has the eighth-most medical facilities per resident.

The Steel City came in behind Louisville and Lexington in Kentucky; Plano, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Mesa, Ariz. and Raleigh, N.C. You can see the other cities listed and learn more about SmartAsset’s methodologies here.

Related: Best Place to Retire in Pennsylvania Is Just Down the Road



#ChrisJamison: Not Forgetting His Roots

Chris Jamison gained nationwide fame from his third-place finish a few years back on NBC’s “The Voice,” but he has not forgotten his roots.

He’s performing later this month to help out a North Hills High School student, Monica Snyder, who is one of nine students from western Pennsylvania selected to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s inaugural Student of the Year competition.

Monica Snyder | photo provided by North Hills School District


Finalists in the contest are competing against one another during the 10-week event to see who can raise the most funds for blood cancer research. The winner will take home a $5,000 scholarship.

Jamison, a North Hills alum, will headline Snyder’s fundraising event, “An Acoustic Valentine’s with Chris Jamison,” from 2:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale.

In addition to the concert, the event will include raffles, auctions, prizes and other entertainment. Anyone under age 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Admission is $15, and tickets are available at jergels.com/tickets.

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