Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said Walla Walla possesses qualities important to today’s retirees. “With a pleasant climate, low cost of living and a multitude of wineries, this rural community appeals to wine and food connoisseurs seeking a small town ambiance with a robust art scene. Nature lovers who want easy access to such activities as hiking, skiing and fishing will enjoy the proximity of the Blue Mountains and the Snake and Columbia Rivers,” Abbott said.
Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.