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Retire in La Quinta, California?
Overview: Along the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains in south central California, the fast-growing, pretty desert resort town of La Quinta makes its home. It is known for its mountains views and the world-famous PGA West golf complex.
The town has developed the nickname "Gem of the Desert" and is popular with "snowbirds" and vacationers. It has more than 20 golf courses and hosts several prominent tournaments each year, drawing golf enthusiasts from around the world to its verdant, plentiful greens. Residents are committed to the preservation of the town's unique character with programs such as Art in Public Places and the La Quinta Arts Foundation. Each March these programs get together to host the La Quinta Arts Festival, which is ranked as one of the top fine arts and craft festivals in the nation. Parks and trails dot the area, and shopping and dining venues are abundant and upscale. Old Towne is particularly charming, boasting white washed buildings with red tile roofs.
Many homes are Mediterranean-style, and most are beautiful. Watercolors is an attractive subsidized 55+ single family home community.
Population: 41,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 51%
Cost of Living: 35% above the national average
Median Home Price: $380,000
Climate: Average summer temperatures are in the high-80s but can reach to the low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 3 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, three miles away in Indio, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, three miles away in Indio, is accredited.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Sunbus
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is California Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: The air quality is below the national average, and the earthquake risk is 4,365% higher than the national average. Urban sprawl is an issue.
Notes: La Qunita has grown by more than 200% in the last decade or two. The population nearly doubles each November to April. The town is racially diverse.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Thanks to the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War, the Golden State became a U.S. territory in 1847. Soon after, gold was found at Sutter's Mill. The land crowded with fortune seekers, and, shortly thereafter, California entered the Union as its 31st state in 1850.
California has 900 miles of coastline and claims the highest and lowest point in the continental U.S. Its terrain varies dramatically - from sandy beaches to rugged mountains, deserts to fertile farmland. Landmarks like Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Golden Gate Bridge play a large part in the nation's history and imagination.
Although Texas and New York have tried to close the gap, California's economy continues to be nation's largest. Agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, and tourism are some of its leading industries.
Cities of the Golden State have put some odd laws on the books. It's illegal to molest a monarch in Pacific Grove. Want to throw a frisbee on an L.A. County beach? Better ask a lifeguard first. What about bowling on the sidewalks of Chico? Strictly forbidden!
Population - 39,802,500
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 81.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 32%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 39%
White persons, not Hispanic - 39%
Median household income - $64,500
Median home value - $399,000
Social Security Taxed - No
Source: U.S. Census
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