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Allentown makes the list

Ranked 9th on list of "Best cities for retirement"

Allentown good place to retire

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - As locals already know, there are many reasons to love Allentown.

But now, the city is getting national recognition as one of 10 "best cities for retirement."

According to a study by the credit card comparison and financial education website, CreditDonkey.com, the City of Allentown ranked ninth on the list.

The site, which analyzed data on community population, multi-unit housing, healthcare availability, cultural attractions, and population growth, said Allentown was especially recognized as "ranking high in cultural attractions and healthcare practices, giving seniors plenty of opportunities to fill their schedules."

The recognition also came because Allentown is home to some very unique museums.

Besides the usual  symphonies and art museums, Allentown features America on Wheels, a museum devoted to automotive transportation, The DaVinci Science Museum, and The Liberty Bell Museum."

 Allentown is also just about an hour outside of Philadelphia.

A statement from the site says as baby boomers retire and seek new beginnings, most of them are downsizing or just looking for a change in surroundings.

Allentown is definitely a good place to look.

Other interesting facts analyzed by the study and included in the selection criteria were cities which will give retirees "a bit more bang for their social security buck than in larger metropolises."

The cities are also more likely to have special programs geared towards seniors, offer affordable and quality health care for retirees, provide multi-unit structures and condos with smaller square footage to clean as retirees spend their time leisurely, the study says.

So for those who are retired but not tired, the city of Allentown offers plenty to do.

Read more about the study and see which other cities made the list.

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