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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Pullman, Washington?

Overview:  Pullman sits in a gorgeous region of rolling hills called the Palouse in southeastern Washington and is only 15 minutes west of Moscow, Idaho. It is an agricultural center and the quiet home of Washington State University (31,000 students).

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The city is surrounded by barley, wheat, dry pea and lentil fields, and locals celebrate their significant agricultural contributions every August during the National Lentil Festival. Downtown is home to student-oriented businesses as well as regular clothiers, banks, drugstores and the like. Residents enjoy 145 acres of parks and 15 miles of bicycling and walking pathways. The Pullman Civic Theatre is a community theater, and WSU's theater and dance department mounts productions throughout the year. The University's athletic department includes football and basketball teams. Many homes date from the 1960s and 1970s and are mostly frame ranch ramblers.

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Population:   33,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  18%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $270,000

Climate:   Summer brings temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, and winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 30 inches of snow and 21 inches of rain per year. Winter skies are gray.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes 

Public Transit:  Yes, provided by Pullman Transit

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:   Liberal

Is Washington Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:    The poverty rate is well above the national average. Much of this, but not all, is attributed to the large student population.

Notes:  WSU does not have reputation as a party school (what party scene there is takes place primarily in the sorority and frat houses), and it peacefully coexists with the rest of Pullman, which is fairly isolated and has a reputation for being a little dull. Summer and spring on the Palouse are breathtaking, but in winter, the hills are brown.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?  Yes

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Washington:

Washington is in the Pacific Northwest. It is just south of British Columbia in Canada, north of Oregon and west of Idaho. The state was carved out of the western part of the Washington Territory and admitted into the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.

Approximately 60% of Washington's population lives within the Seattle metropolitan area. The rest of the population lives amid the rain forests in the west, the mountain ranges in the center, northeast, southeast and east, and the semi-arid deserts in the east.

Named after George Washington, the state is the only one named after a president. In order to distinguish it from Washington D.C., Washington is often referred to as Washington State.

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Stats:

Population - 7,288,000

Persons 65 years old and over - 15%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 33%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 11%

White persons, not Hispanic - 72%

Median household income - $61,024

Median home value - $259,600

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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