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You don't have to play the lottery to win a list of the best places to retire in Washington, Homesnacks has them listed here for free!
Yes, we've taken the guessing out of the equation and created a list of the best places to retire in Washington for 2020, and this is how we did it.
First, we took a look at the latest FBI and Census data for 78 cities with 10,000 residents. Once we identified this list, we looked at important factors like safety, affordability, rent, and how close a place is to an international airport.
Now, Washington is great for many reasons, but it's especially great for people looking to retire in the great Northwest. And the secret is out. Washington's population of 65 and older residents is currently at 12% and that number is expected to increase dramatically. The state as a whole is pretty safe and there's a ton of great stuff to do. Yes, if you love hiking, there's Colville National Forest just north of Spokane; and if you love fresh fish, definitely check out Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.
And if there's one piece of advice that we give anyone looking to retire in The Evergreen State, you should probably buy a house instead of renting. Rent here is as steep as Mt. Olympia: it's significantly above the national average steep.
Want to know more? We suggest you grab your favorite seat at Denny's, order that early bird special, and scroll down. We promise there's going to be some surprises.
Many places in Washington get close to 40 inches of rain a year, so the biggest question is: what do 7.5 million residents, 825,000 retirees, find so appealing about this corner of the country? We'll tell you. The people here are very nice and every place in the state is postcard worthy.
But what's the best place to retire in Washington? That would be Camas according to the latest FBI and Census data.
But, our list identifies the top TEN best places to retire in Washington, so take a look below to see the other great places that deserve a congrats. And if you don't see what you are looking for there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Washington For 2020
Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 19,355 at the 2010 census. The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. State of Washington, and the largest suburb of Portland, Oregon. Incorporated in 1857, it is the fourth largest city in the state, with a population of 161,791 as of April 1, 2010 census. Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County and forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the United States. Originally established in 1825 around Fort Vancouver, a fur-trading outpost, the city is located on the Washington-Oregon border along the Columbia River, directly north of Portland. In 2005, Money magazine named it No. 91 on its list of best places in America to live. In 2016, WalletHub ranks Vancouver the 39th best place in the US for families to live.
Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name "Anacortes" is an adaptation of the name of Anne Curtis Bowman, who was the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman. Anacortes' population was 15,778 at the time of the 2010 census. It is one of two principal cities of and included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Washougal is a city in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 14,095 as of the 2010 Census.
Kenmore is a city in King County, Washington, United States, along the northernmost shores of Lake Washington. A mix of bedroom community, one-time country retreat, and freshwater industrial port, prominent features include the nation's largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility at Kenmore Air Harbor, Bastyr University, several waterside parks and marinas, and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the King County bike-trail system. Sites of local historical interest include the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park; and Log Boom Park. Kenmore's official city flower is the dahlia, the official city bird is the great blue heron, and the official city evergreen is the rhododendron. The population was 20,460 at the 2010 census.
Cheney is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The full-time resident population was 10,590 as of 2010 census. Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, and its population grows to approximately 17,600 people on a temporary basis when classes at Eastern Washington University are in session.
Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest city in Kitsap County.
Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. The population was 11,415 at the 2010 census. It is the third largest city in Whatcom County and borders the Lummi Nation on its southern border.
Spokane spoh-KAN) is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. It is located along the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington, 92 miles south of the Canada-US border, approximately 20 miles from the Washington-Idaho border, and 280 miles east of Seattle along Interstate 90.
Des Moines is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 29,673 as of the 2010 census.
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Evergreen State for 2020
To create our list of the best places in Washington to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Evergreen State -- 617 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 78 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 78, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Camas, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Washington Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Washington goes to Camas.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Bonney Lake
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