Wenatchee Was Proudly Featured in Forbes 25 Best Places to Retire in 2017
“To help out, Forbes presents The 25 Best Places To Retire In 2017. It’s our annual effort to offer a wide view of attractive, affordable choices across the United States.
Our picks this year are located in 20 states and across all four continental time zones. The list, which includes big and small cities, skews a bit toward warm or moderate climates, following research suggesting retirees tend to favor toastier weather when they move. Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia each boast two of our choices. But hardier climates have their advocates, especially since such places often fare better on the Milken Institute Best Cities For Successful Aging, which rates communities on how well they meet needs in a variety of areas, including health care, transportation, and community engagement. Our 2017 list, which considers Milken rankings as one of many metrics, includes picks in Colorado, Maine, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.
To develop our list, we sifted through information on 550 communities in all 50 states (yes, even Alaska). We strove to find places that provide what we think is the best retirement value—meaning costs, including housing costs and taxes, play a big role in our choices. But we also look at access to medical care; quality of life indicators (including crime and air quality); and factors which can make for a healthy and fulfilling retirement, including opportunities for volunteering and exercise…………..”
Read full article at Forbes: 25 Best Places to Retire in 2017
What Forbes had to say about Wenatchee, Washington:
Scenic, sunny Columbia River city of 33,000, 150 miles east of Seattle on the dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range. PROS: Median home price $225,000. Good doctors per capita. High rank on Milken Institute list of best cities for successful aging. Minimal rain. Very low serious crime rate. No state income tax. CONS: Cost of living 11% above national average, state estate/inheritance tax. NOTED: Somewhat walkable. New to list. TRIVIA: Self-proclaimed “Apple Capital of the World.”