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Situated on the Palouse, a Striking Agricultural Region in Southeastern Washington, Pullman is a Peaceful Town and Home to Washington State University
Pullman sits in a dramatic region of hills and dancing colors known as the Palouse in southeastern Washington and is only 15 minutes west of Moscow, Idaho. It is an agricultural center and the quiet home of Washington State University (31,000 students).
The city is surrounded by barley, wheat, dry pea and lentil fields, and locals celebrate this farmland bounty every August during the National Lentil Festival. Downtown is peppered with student-oriented businesses as well as regular clothiers, banks, drugstores and the like. Residents enjoy 145 acres of parks and 15 miles of bicycling and walking pathways. The Pullman Civic Theatre is a community theater, and WSU's theater and dance department mounts productions throughout the year. The University's athletic department includes football and basketball teams. Home styles include ranch ramblers, bungalows, Craftsmans, Cape Cods and more. Many properties date from the 1960s and 1970s.
Population: 33,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 20%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $405,000
Climate: Summer brings temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 30 inches of snow and 21 inches of rain per year. Winter skies are gray.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Pullman Transit
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 64%
Is Washington Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The poverty rate is above the national average, but much of this is attributed to the large student population.
Notes: Pullman is remote and has a reputation for being a little dull. WSU is not known as a party school, but the frats and sororities are usually lively on weekends. Summer and spring on the Palouse are breathtaking, with the sun bathing the green hills in shifting reds, yellows, oranges and purples (although in winter the hills are brown). The population has grown 17% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 6% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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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