The Pacific Northwest has appropriately been dubbed a "Wonderland." Washington state situated between Canada and Oregon, is a vision of lush greenery, majestic mountains, and did I already mention how green it is? Imagine dense forests, waterfalls, and an absolute abundance of outdoor activity. If retirement goals have made you rethink where to spend your golden years, this place has you covered. Washington boasts 76 active adult communities with options for single family, or town homes in a variety of locations.
The Evergreen state had a population of 7.062 in 2014, and was listed by Forbes as one of the top states to retire. No income tax makes living here an attractive option for retirees on a fixed budgets, and average home values are around $287,000 according to Zillow. Washington's climate is mild, but does have a considerable amount of rainfall depending on which side of the Cascade mountains you happen to be on. The western part of the state including Seattle, and the capital of Olympia gets several inches of rain, whereas Spokane on the east side of the Cascades tends to be on the drier side. Washington summers average about 80 degrees, and make putting up with soggy winter and spring conditions well worth it. Looking out onto Puget Sound under glorious skies, or hiking through Mount Rainier National Park will make those gray days a distant memory.
Seattle was listed one of the healthiest cities to live, and Washington as a whole is an ideal place to eat well, and live well. The Pacific Northwest is a haven of farmers markets, and rich soil which makes the freshest local produce available to everyone. Community gardens are popular options for residents who may not have the outdoor space to grow their own food. If you're 55+ and trying to achieve serious fitness goals, bicycling, hiking, and water sports are what put this place on the map. Many of the state's senior living communities offer plentiful fitness amenities including walking trails, parks, and championship golf courses.
Urban dwellers can enjoy the bustling cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue. When you're not getting caffeinated in what seems like a coffee shop on every street corner, visit Seattle's EMP museum that features an eclectic mix of pop culture, and Rock n' Roll music history. These exciting cities offer limitless shopping, and restaurants to accommodate any palate. If you're a vegetarian or just looking for healthier options, Bellevue hosts Veg Fest with the most amazing plant based offerings. Take a ferry ride to historic Bainbridge Island, and savor small town charm, quaint shops, wineries, and gorgeous scenery. If college towns are your jam, Bellingham just south of the Canadian border is a diverse city that's also affordable. Known for it's local breweries, and hippie culture, Bellingham is best traveled on a bike to take in the youthful vibe.
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