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Retire to Washington

Washington, the 42nd state admitted to the U.S., is in the Pacific Northwest with Canada to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Seattle skyline
Seattle skyline and Mount Ranier, Washington
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Large cities include Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane although the majority of the state population is in the Seattle metro area.

Much of Washington is covered in mountains and dense forests. The climate ranges from wet and mild along the Pacific coast to drier in the eastern part of the state. Washington is an economic leader in agriculture, lumber and wood products and information technology. Though Washington has no state income tax it ranks as a high tax state given the sales, local and property tax burden.


Retirement Cities

Washington is a favorite of retirees and five places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Washington videos.

Bellingham, WA
To the Bellingham, WA City Report
Ranks high in: Air Quality, Climate
Population: 82,631
City Type: West Coast, Mountains, National Parks
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Olympia, WA
To the Olympia, WA City Report
Ranks high in: Big City Home Price Comparison, Population Growth, Nearest Big City, Climate
Population: 48,338
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, College Town, State Capital
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Vancouver, WA
To the Vancouver, WA City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Climate
Population: 167,405
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Port Townsend, WA
To the Port Townsend, WA City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Air Quality, Climate
Population: 9,210
City Type: West Coast, Mountains, National Parks
Climate Type: Temperate & Dry
Wenatchee, WA
To the Wenatchee, WA City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth
Population: 32,701
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, Mountains, Wine Country
Climate Type: Cool & Dry








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