Washington is a wonderful place to retire! We don’t have an income tax so your funds should last much longer, not to mention there’s spectacular scenery right in our backyard. Based on a variety of factors including location, crime rate, senior and health care options, activities available, and the average cost of living – here are 12 of the best cities for retirement throughout our state:
This larger city has been named one of the top places to retire in the country by Forbes and has an active redevelopment plan for the waterfront along Bellingham Bay. The cost of living is cheaper than average and there's a large activity center for seniors that offers everything from flu shots to walking and hiking groups.
Not only has this city been named as one of the safest in the state, but there are several amazing amenities in the area to enjoy. It does cost a bit more to live here, but it has a great location along the Snoqualmie River and Seattle is only a short drive away.
The second largest city in our state is actually very affordable to live in! It's also a great location for outdoor lovers as there are about 25 golf courses and 76 lakes within an hour of the city.
The cost of living may be slightly higher than average in this city since it's one of the larger areas in our state, but nevertheless there are a ton of options for outdoor entertainment and quality housing options here on the north bank of the Columbia River.
5. Long Beach
Doesn't retiring on the coastal beach sound incredibly relaxing? This city has a low crime rate and low cost of living, making it a perfect place to call home.
Between the low cost of living and perfect climate for outdoor adventures like fishing, golfing, hiking and biking, this is an amazing place to call home.
If you have a more flexible retirement budget, this is a fantastic city to reside in. There are numerous housing options here as well as some fabulous wineries, restaurants, and areas for outdoor activities.
Our state's capital is perfect for retiring because it has a vibrant cultural scene, low cost of living, and endless outdoor opportunities.
Located north of Seattle, this waterfront city has a beautiful view of Puget Sound, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Even though the cost of living is slightly higher than average here, it's totally worth it for those who enjoy living by the water, like boaters or fisherman!
In the center of our state close to Yakima you can retire peacefully in this quiet college town with both a crime rate and cost of living that are lower than average.
This city along the Yakima River is one of the cheapest areas to live in around our state, and also one of the safest. With almost 300 sunny days annually, residents can partake in a variety of outdoor options, visit the local wineries, or dine at one of the many quality restaurants.
This area has repeatedly been named as one of the best places to retire, likely because there are so many excellent health care and living options available. Although the average cost of living is slightly higher, the crime rate is extremely low and it's in an ideal location for retirees who love the outdoors.