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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

The small, private Wilson College makes its home here in Chambersburg, an old town in extreme south-central Pennsylvania.  President Buchanan was born near here. The population is about 13,000 and holding steady. Newsmax named Chambersburg one of the top 25 "Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns" in 2009. 

Photo of Memorial  Square courtesy of and per license at Wikipedia and Epstein.Mark.

Where to Retire in Chambersburg and Home Prices

 There are active adult communities in the area, including nearby Fayetteville-see link at left.

According to Zillow, the Home Value Index was $233,877 in early 2022.

What Is Special about Chambersburg

Chambersburg is in a part of Pennsylvania with a rich history through colonial days to the Civil War and beyond.The downtown boasts the restored Capitol Theatre.  Chambersburg is home to Wilson College.

What Is Not Special about Chambersburg

Although the countryside is nice, it is isolated with no major airport or city close by.

Climate and Physical Environment

Chambersburg is in the rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Chambersburg boasts a historic Capitol Theatre in its downtown. The spectacular facility opened in 1927; it was renovated in 1996.  The theater has its original organ, a Moller Opus 4800, that was installed in 1926. The Cumberland Valley Theatre Organ Society is working with the community to restore the instrument. Wilson College provides a local source of culture.


The crime rate is slightly above average.

Medical Facilities

Chambersburg Hospital serves the area.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I 70) is quite close to Chambersburg; there is no public transportation and the downtown is considered to be walkable; there is a service that provides scheduled transportation for a fee; The nearest major airport is in Hagerstown, Maryland, about 20 miles away and the nearest international airport is in Harrisburg, PA about 65 miles away.

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