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Retire in Palisade, Colorado?
Overview: Palisade is nestled along the Colorado River in rugged western Colorado. Nourished by a temperate climate and a 182 day growing season, it is a quiet farming community surrounded by peach orchards, truck farms and a growing number of vineyards.
And with the striking Colorado National Monument (a series of canyons and red rocks) to the west, the The Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area to the south and the Grand Mesa National Forest to the east, Palisade is also an outdoor adventure hub, popular with campers, fishermen, bicyclers, rafters, cross country skiers and hikers. In fact, three thousand miles of hiking and biking trails are right next door. The town claims a brewery, a distillery and award-winning wineries. Downtown has one and two story buildings with locally owned retailers and a burgeoning arts community. The Blue Pig Gallery and the Twisted Brick host events and art demonstrations. Neighborhoods are well kept but without many trees and are dotted with ranch ramblers and bungalows.
Residents enjoy a weekend farmers' market, a community garden, six parks and a city swimming pool. The community center hosts a wide range of classes and events from core strengthing and gourmet lunches to snowshoe outings and yoga. The town holds music festivals, wine festivals, a peach festival, bike festivals, a honeybee festival, and a colorful lavender festival.
Population: 2,800 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 42%
Cost of Living: 5% above the national average
Median Home Price: $292,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s with low humdity. Winter temperatures are the teens, 20s and 30s. On average the area receives 10 inches of rain and 15 inches of snow per year. The elevation is 4,750 feet above sea level.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Community Hospital in Grand Junction, about 13 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Community Hospital in Grand Junction, about 13 miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Grand Valley Transit, but it is limited. It does travel into Grand Junction, 13 miles away.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has free wi-fi.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 25%
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: I-70 runs along the southern side of town and occasionally closes for short periods of time in winter due to avalanches or blizzards, making car travel to Denver (population 3 million) - 275 miles away - impossible.
Notes: Palisade has some racial diversity and has maintained its population within the last decade. Many residents travel to Grand Junction for supplies and services.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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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