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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Wenatchee, Washington?

Overview:  East of the Cascade Mountain Range in central Washington lies the picturesque, agricultural town of Wenatchee. It is bordered by mountains on two sides and by rivers, the Columbia and the Wenatchee, on the other two sides.

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This is rugged, remote country, and roads occasionally close. The landscape is also incredibly fertile and covered with apple orchards. In fact, Wentachee is at the heart of the largest apple producing region in the world. Outdoor recreation abounds, but cultural amenities are plentiful, too. The Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, the Columbia Chorale, Wenatchee Valley Appleaires, the Music Theater of Wenatchee and Mission Creek Improv are all here. Residents also enjoy wineries, garden tours, a farmers' market, a botanic garden and antique stores. The parks and recreation department is particularly active and the city has a good trails system for hiking and bicycling.

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Population:   35,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  35%

Cost of Living:  10% above the national average

Median Home Price: $250,000

Climate:   Wenatchee has a semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters.   Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s.    On average, the area receives 27 inches of snow and nine inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes 

Public Transit:  Yes, provided by Link Transit

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

Is Washington Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:    The earthquake risk is 75% above the national average, and this region is no stranger to wildfires. A 2013 fire torched some outlying homes.

Notes:  Some residents grumble about over-development, particularly as houses have replaced trees on the hillsides in recent years.   Wentachee has grown by 50% within the last couple of decades.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?  Yes, although future drought conditions could lead to more wildfires.

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Washington:

Washington is in the Pacific Northwest. It is just south of British Columbia in Canada, north of Oregon and west of Idaho. The state was carved out of the western part of the Washington Territory and admitted into the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.

Approximately 60% of Washington's population lives within the Seattle metropolitan area. The rest of the population lives amid the rain forests in the west, the mountain ranges in the center, northeast, southeast and east, and the semi-arid deserts in the east.

Named after George Washington, the state is the only one named after a president. In order to distinguish it from Washington D.C., Washington is often referred to as Washington State.

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Stats:

Population - 7,288,000

Persons 65 years old and over - 15%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 33%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 11%

White persons, not Hispanic - 72%

Median household income - $61,024

Median home value - $259,600

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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