For the second straight year, Edmonds has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Edmonds is profiled in a feature titled “8 Small Towns Near Large Cities” in the September/October 2019 issue.
Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities offer the charm of small-town living plus access to big-city amenities. “With populations of around 100,000 or less, these towns provide plenty to do, but there’s also the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis for entertainment,” Fuller said. “Edmonds overlooks the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, and Main Street leads to the waterfront’s marina and beaches.”
According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns in retirement each year. Generally, these relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate, and they bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns.
Florida continues to reign as the No. 1 destination for retirement relocation, followed by Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina. The most popular region is the Southeast, claiming eight of the 17 states showing increases in total net retiree migration. This research and the latest census data is detailed in Where to Retire’s four-part series on retirement relocation, with back issues available online.