RETIRE TO SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
Spokane, Washington was recently ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report in a list of best places to retire in the United States. When it comes time to retire, most people want to find a home and city they love and will enjoy spending their golden years. Looking for an ideal location should include considering factors such as weather, culture, atmosphere, living expenses, health care and jobs. Spokane was compared to hundreds of other U.S. cities and was decidedly one of the top cities for several appealing factors.
Location and Housing
Spokane offers the best of both worlds by having a small-town feel but the convenience and amenities of being the second largest city in Washington. Retirement is a great time to downsize from a larger house into one of the beautiful and affordable Spokane apartments or condos. There are neighborhoods for any preference from downtown urban to old people retirement communities. The median home cost is around $138,000 according to CNN Money. That's considerably lower than the national average of about $187,000.
Cost of Living
One of the main appeals Spokane has to retirees is the fact that there is no state income tax. There's sales tax but prescription medicine, groceries and other essentials are not. This is really helpful to retirees trying to make their funds last. Sperling's Best Places also reports that the cost of living in Spokane is about 9.10 percent lower than the national average.
Scenery, Weather and Nature
Spokane is an ideal place for seniors with an affinity for the outdoors and nature. Spokane is located between the Cascade and the Rocky Mountains. The Chicago Tribune reports that it has five ski mountains, 76 bodies of water and 4,100 acres of city parks within the area along with a few thousand acres of cedar forests and state parks. There are four complete seasons in Spokane and an average of 260 sunny days a year.
In the northwest health care network, Spokane is a regional hub. According to CNN Money, "Spokane's health care has kept pace with its cultural coming of age." The city has six hospitals and 900 physicians. Providence Sacred Heart Medical is one of Spokane's most prestigious facilities and was acknowledged for outstanding work in cardiac surgery, heart attack treatment, critical care and other medical departments.
Community and Activities
Spokane has the culture of a college town, as it's home to both Gonzaga and Whitworth State Universities, but with a mature appeal for an older audience. There are year-round arts and music festivals and events. The downtown area has undergone renovations leaving it with interesting restaurants, entertainment venues, boutique hotels and trendy living spaces. If you're into gambling, there are several casinos in the region that are fun and convenient. Sperling's Best Places also has listed Spokane as No. 6 in places least likely to encounter a natural disaster and No. 15 in most secure places to live in the U.S.