Best Places to Retire in Washington State

Best Places to Retire in Washington State

Washington State, with its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and high-quality healthcare, is an ideal retirement destination. Whether you seek the tranquility of the coast, the energy of urban living, or the adventure of mountain trails, Washington offers diverse options for retirees. Discover the best places to retire in Washington State and find your perfect retirement community.

Why Retire in Washington State?

Diverse Landscapes

From the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains to the serene shores of Puget Sound, Washington's diverse landscapes provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities and scenic beauty.

Ideal Climate

Washington's mild climate offers four distinct seasons, with temperate summers and moderate winters, making it an appealing destination for those who enjoy a variety of weather without extreme conditions.

Top-Notch Healthcare

Washington State is home to world-class healthcare facilities, ensuring retirees have access to excellent medical care. Notable hospitals include the University of Washington Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Vibrant Culture

Experience a rich blend of cultural attractions, from museums and theaters to music festivals and gourmet dining. Cities like Seattle and Tacoma offer a lively arts scene and diverse entertainment options.

Tax Benefits

Washington State has no income tax, which is especially beneficial for retirees. Social Security benefits, pensions, and retirement account withdrawals are not taxed by the state.

Top Cities and Towns to Retire in Washington State


Seattle combines urban sophistication with stunning natural beauty. Known for its vibrant culture, excellent healthcare, and scenic waterfront, it's a top choice for retirees seeking an active lifestyle.


  • World-class healthcare facilities
  • Rich arts and cultural scene
  • Beautiful waterfront parks and trails
  • Diverse dining and shopping options


Spokane offers a lower cost of living compared to other major cities in Washington, along with a friendly community and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.


  • Affordable cost of living
  • Access to beautiful parks and trails
  • Vibrant local arts scene
  • Quality healthcare facilities


Bellingham, located near the Canadian border, is known for its picturesque setting, charming downtown, and active lifestyle opportunities.


  • Proximity to outdoor activities, including hiking and boating
  • Quaint downtown area with shops and restaurants
  • Access to healthcare facilities
  • Scenic beauty of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker

FAQs about Retiring in Washington State

Find Your Ideal Retirement Community in Washington State

The Uplands 55+ Active Adult Community in Suncadia

Cle Elum, WA
Homes from $1.4M - $1.8M

Announcing a new way to live at Suncadia: The Uplands 55+. Exclusive to residents 55 and older, this new, private gated neighborhood will nestle high on a forested ridge overlooking the Cle Elum River valley. Creating the tight-knit feel of a private retreat — but with access to Suncadia’s resort amenities too.

The Uplands 55+ will be an intimate neighborhood of only 60 homes gathered around a private clubhouse, trails and a three-acre woodland meadow.

The community clubhouse will include indoor and outdoor gathering spaces including a pool, pickleball court and more. A large, protected meadow will provide another connection point for social events, nature walks and impromptu gatherings.


Active Adult Community near Seattle WA | Port Ludlow | Waterfront Homes

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, WA
Homes: $490K+

For retirees, active adults, and remote workers, Port Ludlow is an inviting resort-style community on the shores of Puget Sound in the state of Washington.

Westharbor Homes is building new Port Ludlow residences to the highest environmental standards with energy-saving appliances. In the Ludlow Cove Cottages and Olympic Terrace II neighborhoods, you’ll find a delightful variety of floor plans, including beachfront single-family homes, waterfront condominiums, and spacious villas with fairway views.

The amenities and activities at Port Ludlow start with play on the community’s 18-hole golf course, a scenic layout along the water and through the maritime forest. The 300-slip marina offers complete boating services and launches for kayaks and paddleboards. In addition, there are two community clubhouses with fitness centers, swimming pools, and tennis/pickleball courts. You can also enjoy 30+ miles of walking trails, more than 100 community social clubs, and genuine farm-to-table dining with fresh seafood always on the menu at the Fireside Restaurant.

The nearby towns of Chimacum and Port Townsend feature cafes, bakeries, artisan shops, and grocery markets, plus convenient health care services that include specialty practices. And just a 30-minute ferry ride away is the dynamic city of Seattle, home to some of the nation’s leading hi-tech companies, a thriving cultural arts scene, and major professional sports teams.

When you request more information below, you’ll be on your way to discovering the waterfront lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest at Port Ludlow.
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Make this a year for exploring your frontiers. Take a virtual tour of the luxury retirement communities in Washington State, then plan a personal visit to discover your new healthy and active natural lifestyle.

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