Western Washington, retirement hot spot?

Moira McGarvey of the Huffington Post wrote an enlightening piece about the best places to retire. McGarvey’s advice runs counter to the myriad of conservative business sites, like Forbes and WSJ, that encourage the masses to spend their golden years in Wyoming or, yikes, North Dakota.

So here are some of the reasons you should encourage the folks, or yourself, to die in western Washington, according to McGarvey:

  • Washington has no state income tax, so your retirement job paycheck and any other income will go further.
  • The cost of living may be higher than the national average, but it’s a lot cheaper than California or East Coast cities like New York, Boston, or Washington, D.C.
  • The climate is mild, so you don’t have to spend money on air conditioning in the summer, or shovel snow in the winter.
  • A lot of entertainment is free, meaning the great outdoors is accessible and varied and the mild climate makes is available all year round.
  • The pace of life is also more laid back, even with all the caffeine in people’s systems.

And here are the best retirement towns in the state of Washington and why:

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