Top Small Towns - Communities in Washington State
Known as the Evergreen State, Washington is becoming an increasingly popular retirement destination for many baby boomers because of its diverse climate, favorable tax structure on retirement income, and low cost of living. Below we preview some of the best small towns to retire to in Washington State.
1. Walla Walla
Walla Walla – the town so nice they named it twice. This small Eastern Washington town has approximately 32,000 residents. The town has undergone a transformation in recent years and has become a desirable destination for retirees because of the dozens of surrounding wineries, affordable homes, award winning downtown, cultural opportunities, and great dining.
Despite its small size the town is home to some of the finest wineries in the country including L ‘Ecole 41 and Leonetti Cellars. There are over 100 wineries in the Walla Walla Valley alone bringing in over $100 million in revenue to the local economy. The average home price in Walla Walla is approximately $170,000. More about Walla Walla.
Bellingham was voted by Money Magazine as one of the best retirement cities in the country. The town is located in Western Washington within Whatcom County. The town is home to Western Washington University and has a population of approximately 80,000. Bellingham is situated on Bellingham Bay and opens onto the Strait of Georgia.
The city has cultural opportunities provided by the university and also has superior medical care because of St. Joseph Medical Center. The climate is fairly mild and is often referred to as “the Banana Belt of the Northwest.”
The community is known for its liberal beliefs which will not appeal to all seniors. That said, those who have a liberal ideology will find Bellingham a great place live and will enjoy annual activities such as the LGBT parade and festival and International Day of Peace parade. More about Bellingham.
3. Port Townsend
Port Townsend is located 40 miles north of Seattle. The small town has about 10,000 residents and is known for its natural beauty. It is located on the Olympic Peninsula and has been named a United States National Historic Landmark District because of its many Victorian buildings.
The town offers retirees several cultural and arts events such as the Wooden Boat Festival and Annual Blues and Jazz Festival. Port Townsend is a very artistic community and has several art galleries open year round. There are also several art classes offered to citizens. The town also hosts an annual independent film festival in September.
Langley is a small, upscale arts community located near Whidbey Island in Western Washington. The town has several art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and interesting architecture. The population is less than 5,000 making it a true small town. It is a fairly popular tourist destination because of its proximity to the water but is becoming increasingly popular with baby boomers.
Winthrop is located in Okanogan County in Northern Washington. The town is known for its several buildings that still have the architectural design of the Old West. The town is great for active seniors because of its hundreds of miles of groomed trails that are great for walking and biking.
In 2011 AARP named Wenatchee, Washington as one of the top five affordable places to retire for Baby Boomers get ready to retire. So Wenatchee is a small town in Washington state you should also consider.
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Best Small Towns and 55+ Retirement Communities in Washington State
Towns in Washington state include: Auburn Federal Way Bellevue Black Diamond Bothell Burton Carnation Duvall Edmonds Enumclaw Fall City Hobart Issaquah Kenmore Kent Kirkland Lynnwood Maple Valley Medina Mercer Island Mountlake Terrace North Bend Pacific Preston Ravensdale Redmond Redondo Renton Rollingbay Seahurst Snoqualmie Snoqualmie Pass Vashon Woodinville Sammamish Seattle Bainbridge Island Everett Acme Anacortes Blakely Island Arlington Baring Bellingham Blaine Bow Burlington Clearlake Clinton Concrete Conway Coupeville Custer Darrington Deer Harbor Deming Eastsound Everson Ferndale Freeland Friday Harbor Gold Bar Granite Falls Greenbank Hamilton Index La Conner Lake Stevens North Lakewood Langley Lopez Island Lummi Island Lyman Lynden Maple Falls Marblemount Marysville Monroe Mount Vernon Mukilteo Nooksack Oak Harbor Olga Orcas Point Roberts Camano Island Rockport Sedro Woolley Shaw Island Silvana Skykomish Snohomish Stanwood Startup Sultan Sumas Waldron Anderson Island Ashford Beaver Bremerton Silverdale Brinnon Buckley Burley Carbonado Carlsborg Chimacum Clallam Bay Dupont Eatonville Gig Harbor Elbe Forks Fox Island Glenoma Graham Port Hadlock Hansville Indianola Joyce Kapowsin Keyport Kingston La Grande Lakebay La Push Longbranch Sumner Manchester Milton Mineral Morton Neah Bay Nordland Olalla Orting Packwood Port Angeles Port Gamble Port Ludlow Port Orchard Port Townsend Poulsbo Puyallup Quilcene Randle Retsil Seabeck Sekiu Sequim South Colby South Prairie Southworth Spanaway Steilacoom Bonney Lake Suquamish Tracyton Vaughn Wauna Wilkeson Longmire Paradise Inn Tacoma Camp Murray Mcchord Afb Lakewood University Place Olympia Lacey Tumwater Aberdeen Adna Allyn Amanda Park Bay Center Belfair Bucoda Centralia Chehalis Cinebar Copalis Beach Copalis Crossing Cosmopolis Curtis Doty East Olympia Elma Ethel Galvin Grapeview Grayland Hoodsport Hoquiam Humptulips Lebam Lilliwaup Littlerock Mccleary Mckenna Malone Matlock Menlo Moclips Montesano Mossyrock Napavine Neilton Oakville Ocean Shores Onalaska Pacific Beach Pe Ell Quinault Rainier Raymond Rochester Roy Ryderwood Salkum Satsop Shelton Silver Creek South Bend Taholah Tahuya Tenino Tokeland Toledo Union Vader Westport Winlock Yelm Amboy Appleton Ariel Battle Ground Bingen Brush Prairie Camas Carrolls Carson Castle Rock Cathlamet Centerville Chinook Cougar Dallesport Glenwood Goldendale Grays River Heisson Husum Ilwaco Kalama Kelso Klickitat La Center Long Beach Longview Lyle Nahcotta Naselle North Bonneville Ocean Park Oysterville Ridgefield Rosburg Seaview Silverlake Skamokawa Stevenson Toutle Trout Lake Underwood Vancouver Wahkiacus Washougal White Salmon Wishram Woodland Yacolt Wenatchee East Wenatchee Ardenvoir Brewster Bridgeport Carlton Cashmere Chelan Chelan Falls Conconully Dryden Entiat Ephrata George Leavenworth Loomis Malaga Malott Mansfield Manson Marlin Mazama Methow Monitor Moses Lake Okanogan Omak Orondo Oroville Palisades Pateros Peshastin Quincy Riverside Rock Island Soap Lake Stehekin Stratford Tonasket Twisp Warden Waterville Wauconda Wilson Creek Winthrop Yakima Brownstown Buena Cle Elum Cowiche Easton Ellensburg Goose Prairie Grandview Granger Harrah Kittitas Mabton Moxee Naches Outlook Parker Ronald Roslyn Selah South Cle Elum Sunnyside Thorp Tieton Toppenish Vantage Wapato White Swan Zillah Airway Heights Chattaroy Cheney Colbert Deer Park Edwall Elk Fairchild Air Force Base Fairfield Ford Four Lakes Freeman Greenacres Lamont Latah Liberty Lake Marshall Mead Medical Lake Mica Newman Lake Nine Mile Falls Otis Orchards Reardan Rockford Spangle Sprague Tekoa Tumtum Valleyford Veradale Waverly Wellpinit Addy Albion Almira Belmont Benge Boyds Chewelah Clayton Colfax Colton Colville Coulee City Coulee Dam Creston Curlew Cusick Danville Davenport Electric City Elmer City Endicott Evans Saint John Farmington Fruitland Garfield Gifford Grand Coulee Harrington Hartline Hay Hunters Inchelium Ione Keller Kettle Falls Lacrosse Lamona Laurier Lincoln Loon Lake Malden Malo Marcus Metaline Metaline Falls Mohler Nespelem Newport Northport Oakesdale Odessa Orient Palouse Pullman Republic Rice Ritzville Rosalia Springdale Steptoe Thornton Uniontown Usk Valley Wilbur Spokane Pasco Benton City Beverly Bickleton Burbank College Place Connell Cunningham Dayton Dixie Eltopia Hatton Hooper Kahlotus Kennewick Lind Mesa Othello Paterson Plymouth Pomeroy Prescott Mattawa Prosser Richland West Richland Roosevelt Royal City Starbuck Touchet Waitsburg Walla Walla Wallula Washtucna Anatone Asotin Clarkston WA, 55 and over communities in Washington State.