Every year US News and World Report ranks all 50 states and DC to choose the best state in America to live. For the third straight year Washington State is once again ranked number one as of an issue published a few months back. Although retirement rankings can be rated differently than general rankings being the very best state to live in is beneficial whether you are young or old, retired or working. They used a wide variety of metrics to come up with a score but driving Washington's success was schools #4 in the US, economy #4 in the US, healthcare #8 in the US, infrastructure #3 in the US, as well as most metrics aside from housing expenses where Washington performs terribly at #4 most expensive. Of course housing tends to cost more in the best state in America, seems legit.
Healthcare is a big deal for retirees and that bodes well for our state with some of the best in the nation. One thing that is very important to some retirees is being close to grand children. Washington state is attracting families from other areas with its roaring economy and high paying jobs. Retirees still benefit from Washington's lack of an income tax and provisions for lower income seniors on property taxes and healthcare.
Maybe it's time to take another look at the Evergreen State before you move to the sunny south :)
|Source US News and World Report|