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Retire in Evergreen, Colorado?
Overview: This secluded, upscale mountain community is only 15 miles west of Denver in north central Colorado and is surrounded by open space, forested state parks and wooded county parks. It sits at 7,300 feet above sea level and started out in 1859.
The small but lively downtown grew near the confluence of Bear Creek and Cub Creek and today has covered sidewalks, funky restaurants and fun retailers in wooden structures with balconies. Arts hold a prominent place in the community. The Evergreen Players is one of the oldest theater companies in the state, and the well-respected Evergreen Chorale makes its home at Center Stage. Evergreen Center for the Arts holds classes. The local artists' association produces an annual fine arts festival, and the Little Bear Saloon is a legendary rock and folk performance venue. Evergreen Lake is the town's recreational focal point. It is the place for ice skating in the winter and boating and fishing in the summer.
The recreation district maintains two centers and two pools, and Evergreen's senior center provides activities and meals. Run by the Audobon Society, the Evergreen Nature Center has classes and scavenger hunts. Homes are large, elegant and nestled in the forest. Some are hard to distinguish from the surrounding land.
Population: 8,800 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 56% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $620,000
Climate: Summers bring temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and winters bring temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 18 inches of rain and 80 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. Anthony in Lakewood, 10 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but St. Anthony in Lakewood, 10 miles away, is accredited and a Level I trauma center.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 65%
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The roads in and out are plowed in the winter but are only two lanes wide and can get icy. Evergreen has lost 5% of its population in the last decade.
Notes: Evergreen is near major highways but can feel isolated in the winter.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the population loss is a concern.
Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Population - 5,540,322
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 91%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 21%
White persons, not Hispanic - 68%
Median household income - $60,422
Median home value - $247,800
Social Security taxed? Yes
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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