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Most Affordable Places for Retirees in Washington State

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 06:25 PM

Washington State has become a very popular place for baby boomers to retire, as there is no state tax on pensions or Social Security. The state also offers numerous recreational activities, from hiking to golfing, all nestled in a scenic, mountainous landscape. If you are considering making your retirement in Washington, here are some of the most affordable places to call home.

1. Spokane

According to MarketWatch, the cost of living in Spokane is 9 percent lower than that of the national average.

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Spokane is also home to a major airport, several golf courses, and has nearly 260 days of sunshine per year.

Just an hour outside of the city residents have access to more than 70 lakes, which means hobbies like kayaking and hiking can be fully embraced by retirees.

2. Walla Walla

Walla Walla is just about average for cost of living compared to the national rate, but offers a smalltown community atmosphere with slightly more than 30,000 residents calling it home.

The city is located a three hours' drive from Spokane and was named "Friendliest Small Town in America" by Rand McNally in 2011.

Retirees can take scenic drives through the region, enjoy numerous cultural events and enjoy a wine tasting in the "Napa of the North."

3. Issaquah

Issaquah is considered a cultural beacon in the state, located on the east side of Seattle. The city does have a higher cost of living than the national average, but affordable housing is available and monitored by A Regional Coalition for Housing.

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ARCH works to ensure that housing that is offered by governments and private developers is affordable for families and seniors, in both rental units and home ownership programs.

4. Wenatchee

With a cost of living just below the national average, Wenatchee is also considered the apple capital of the world. Some of the world's best apples are grown in Wenatchee's vibrant orchards.

In 2011, the valley town, surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, was named one of the 10 most affordable places to retire by AARP magazine. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, and fishing in this region.

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