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Retire in Post Falls, Idaho?
Overview: Nestled in Idaho's rugged, very scenic Panhandle, pleasant Post Falls stretches between two metropolitan areas - Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and Spokane, Washington. Both I-90 and the Spokane River run through town.
Tidy new subdivisions with wide streets are peppered with newly planted deciduous trees, pine trees, ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. Many riverfront homes have a boat slip. Residents enjoy several annual festivals, movies in the park, an arboretum and more. Falls Park has dramatic views of the hydroelectric dam and gorge, and Corbin Park has fishing, kayaking and rafting access. Rock climbing, hiking and swimming are popular pastimes at Q'emlin Park. Cooking classes are available at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, which also hosts local and international musical performances and author lectures. The Greyhound Events Center supports off-track betting and bingo.
A Wal-Mart and a Cabela's are the largest shopping venues. The dining scene includes national chains as well as local farm to table restaurants. There are no less than five golf clubs in the area, and sparkling Lake Coeur D'Alene is less than 35 minutes away.
Population: 32,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 7% above the national average
Median Home Price: $299,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 25 inches of rain and 45 inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has a book club and computer classes.
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 25%
Is Idaho Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Post Falls has a nice reputation, but the city has grown by nearly 20% in the last decade, and long time locals complain about the haphazard sprawl of new houses. Racial diversity is minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named by the eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing, Idaho was one of the last regions in the lower 48 to be explored by Europeans. The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the area through Lemhi Pass in 1805. Trappers and fur traders soon followed.
The Gem State encompasses mountain ranges, river gorges, and lakes. Boise, its capital, is set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is halved by a river. Weather can be as variable as the landscape. Maritime influences moderate winter temperatures in the west. The east can experience lower temperatures, wetter summers, and drier winters.
Manufacturing has become the state's main economic driver. Idaho is still a major producer of cattle, potatoes, and trout. Even though mining has faded in importance, Idaho continues to extract gold, silver, molybdenum, as well as 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Sun Valley has nurtured the state's newest industry - tourism.
Famous Idaho natives include writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound along with Olympians Pikabo Street and Dick Fosbury.
Population - 1,683,140
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 82%
Median household income - $47,583
Median home value - $162,930
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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