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Where to Retire in Pocono Mountains and Home Prices

The Poconos is comprised of a large four county area so housing prices will of course vary according to location within the mountains and the proximity to lakes and rivers. There are cabins and condos that sell under well under $100,000, and single family homes that can reach into the $millions.  Stroudsburg is considered to be in the heart of the Poconos and Zillow reports the median home value here to be $146,700.  

What is special about Pocono Mountains

The Poconos has much to offer for those who enjoy the outdoors with hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing, and the area boasts many State Parks, golf courses and downhill skiing. There are also museums, resorts, casinos, galleries and festivals.

What is not special about Pocono Mountains

Winter weather, high property taxes

Climate and Physical Environment

The region experiences all four seasons with January's average temperature 29 degrees, and July's average is 72 degrees.  The average annual snowfall is about 50".

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Poconos are made up of several small towns each offering a variety of outdoor recreation, festivals, museums and many restaurants. The area is popular for camping, NASCAR racing, harness racing, casinos, and skiing.

A few of the many towns within the Pocono Mountains include Jim Thorpe, a small town named after one of the nation's greatest athletes and considered to be one of the prettiest, has an interesting history and features the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway and the world's largest general store; Honesdale is the “Birthplace of the American Railroad” and is home to museums and old-time charm; Lake Wallenpaupack has six public recreation areas along with forests, walking trails, campsites and boat slips, and offers outdoor adventures for every season; Bushkill Falls, the "Niagara of Pennsylvania" is the areas most famous scenic attraction with waterfalls hidden within the Pocono Mountains, and the place for nature hikers; Stroudsburg is located in the heart of the Poconos and is home to the Pocono Mountains Office.  This small historic town is also the seat of Monroe County, and is the commercial hub for the surrounding area.

Crime

The crime rate is slightly lower than the national average with most crimes involving theft.

Medical facilities

Lehigh Valley Health Network provides medical facilities within the region.

Transportation

Many roads lead to the Poconos: Interstates 80, 81, 84, 78, 380 and 476 connect to the mountains.  Airports in NYC are about 1.5 hours away and Philadelphia's airport is about 2 hours away.

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