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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Abingdon, Virginia?

Overview:   Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, attractive, artsy Abingdon is the Washington County seat and dates from the mid-1700s. It has an active arts scene and is proud of its heritage.

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Main Street is lined with restored Victorian structures, red brick Federal-style buildings with white-frame windows, antique shops, music stores, tea parlors and cafes. The William King Museum has five galleries and sponsors artist talks as well as workshops. The Barter Theatre has a full season of performances and a long list of famous alumni, including Ernest Borgnine and Gregory Peck. Abingdon's Arts Depot has studios, classes and hosts the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers. Heartwood is a community gathering place and the hub for local craftsmen, foodies, and musicians. The town highlights its heritage with celebrations such as the Crooked Road Music Fest and the Virginia Highlands Festival. Abingdon is the final stop on the Virginia Creeper Trail and at the northern tip of the Overmountain Victory Trail.

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Neighborhoods are leafy, and some have red brick sidewalks. Homes are mostly ranch ramblers, raised ranch ramblers, bungalows, plantation-styles and Colonials.Washington County Park on South Holston Lake includes a boat launch, and the lake permits skiing and fishing. The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area includes the state's highest point, hiking trails, camping, and a fishing lake.

Population:  8,200 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  45%

Cost of Living:  7% below the national average

Median Home Price: $150,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 70s 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s.   On average, the area receives 47 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    Yes

Public Transit:   Yes.  District Three Public Transit provides van service in town and transportation to nutrition sites and shopping.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Very conservative

Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:   None

Notes:   Abingdon is a nice town with a good reputation and has grown by 15% within the last decade or so.  Racial diversity is minimal.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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