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Retirement Living in California


Also known as “The Golden State” – California is definitely one of the Top Retirement Destinations in the country. With its diverse and friendly climate; stunning natural wonders, gorgeous landscape and scenery, this region have attracted a huge number of baby boomers who’re looking for their dream home. There are dozens of 55+ Neighborhoods scattered across the whole state, providing a variety of lifestyle and home options for active adult homebuyers.


These Retirement Communities provide their residents with world-class amenities, private golf courses and organized social events. Most of them are located near the downtown and has easy access to health care, restaurants, local attractions and entertainment places.


California Climate and Geography is Ideal for Active Retirement


California is the country’s 3rd biggest state. It’s divided into two regions: Southern and Northern California. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. Luckily, most of the Retirement Communities in California feature these amazing landscapes and scenery.


A big part this region has a Mediterranean climate. However, due to the largeness of this state, the climate varies from subarctic to subtropical. The average temperature is 61.17°F. And also on an average, there are 258 sunny days per year, here. In the summer, temperatures can rise up to 87°F in July and drops as low as 37°F in January.


Those in the Northern parts experiences more rain than those in the south. In addition, those in the higher elevation have hot summers and cold winters while those in the low deserts have hot summers and mild winters.


California offers Plenty of Recreation, Culture and Entertainment for Active Adults


Some of the most famous tourist spots in California are the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign. But this state is more than all that. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of recreation and entertainment opportunities that can cater to the active adult population.


If you’re into wine then visit the Napa Valley Winery. Napa winemakers have been perfecting their vintage wines for more than a century.


Another world-famous tourist spot is the Yosemite Valley. You can see this in dozens of postcards and magazines, but nothing beats seeing this place up close. Here, you’ll find the Yosemite Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in the country, along with the El Capitan, the biggest granite monolith in the world.


Nature lovers will fall in love with the towering trees inside the Sequoia National Tree Park. Prepare to be awed by the magnificence of the General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree which stands at 275 feet tall and measures around 36.5 feet across.


Of course, let’s not forget the happiest place on earth – Disneyland in California has been the first theme park ever built in the country.


In California, retirees can experience the grandeur of living in a modern city as well as the serene, laid-back lifestyle of the suburbs.


Cost of Living and Taxes to Consider when Retiring to California


In California, you’ll find some of the country’s richest and poorest counties. This means the cost of living in this state varies greatly on which county you plan on living in. But the average cost of living index is 152.30. It’s basically 52.30% higher than the U.S average of 100.


Unfortunately, this state has the highest income taxes in the country with a tax rate of 13.3%. But, it is a progressive tax system which means those in the bottom bracket only get to pay 1% in state income taxes.


For some good news, California’s property tax rates are below average with a tax rate of 0.813%.


Though it can be a bit costly living in the city, most of the Active Adult Communities in California are located in the suburban cities, so the cost of living is much lower and more affordable.


California Healthcare


California has an average physician to patient ratio of 205 per 100,000. It’s almost at an average rate if you consider the U.S average of 210. The top ranking hospital here is the UCSF Medical Center, which provides residents with premium health care services. It’s among the top 10 hospitals in the U.S and the best in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Other notable hospitals, medical centers and specialized centers include the Clovis Community Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Community Regional Medical Center, the Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital and the Saint Agnes Medical Center.


Retirees living in 55+ Communities in California can get world-class health care services from these amazing hospitals and medical centers.