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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Leavenworth, Washington

Charming Leavenworth is a Bavarian-Themed Village in Washington's Cascade Mountains and Known for its Dramatic Setting, Cobblestone Streets and German Festivals

Tucked in the majestic Cascade Mountains of central Washington, delightful Leavenworth is a Bavarian-style village known for its unique architecture and gorgeous setting. Tourists seeking a taste of Germany come to visit year-round.

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Leavenworth began its transformation from a logging and railroad hub in the 1960s. Today, the entire village boasts cobblestone streets, timber-framed buildings adorned with colorful flower boxes and alpine-style storefronts. Beer halls, eateries and hotels all adhere to the charming Bavarian theme. There is even a nutcracker museum. Events and festivals include summer concerts, Oktoberfest and Maifest, a German tradition that celebrates the arrival of spring. Christmas is particularly festive as the village is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. And while people come for the German experience, they also come for the abundant opportunities to ski, raft, hike, camp and more.

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Most homes are nestled in the woods and include A-frames, cabins, ranch ramblers, some condos and others.

Population:   2,500 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  40%

Cost of Living:  54% above the national average

Median Home Price: $725,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and low-90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s.    On average, the area receives 96 inches of snow and 29 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No. Cascade Medical, a critical access hospital, receives good reviews, but the nearest accredited hospital is in Wenatchee, about 30 miles away.

Public Transit:  Locals have access to a dial-a-ride service, and a bus runs to Wenatchee.

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College Educated:   50%

Is Washington Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:    The earthquake risk is 80% above the national average, and this region is no stranger to wildfires.

Notes:  Leavenworth has grown 25% within the last decade. Home price have increased 6% since last year. Tourists are here all year long, but winter is the often the most crowded. Driving to Leavenworth means taking US Highway 2, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. The highway is well-maintained and kept clear in winter. Flying here means landing in Wenatchee, about 30 miles away, and then driving or taking a bus.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?  Yes, although the lack of an accredited hospital should be weighed.

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Washington:

Washington is in the Pacific Northwest, 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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