Gig Harbor, Washington ranked among best places to retire in the US

Written by MLHA Team

June 11, 2021

A view of Gig Harbor and Mount Rainier in Washington.

There’s no shortage of beauty in the Pacific Northwest, and outside of the main metropolitan areas, all of our glorious green makes it the perfect place to catch your breath. 

While there are many places in our neck of the woods to consider retirement, a study from SmartAsset found Gig Harbor to be the fourth best in the nation. The study focused on three main factors, including tax-friendliness, medical care and social opportunities; believing these factors lead to the best quality of life for seniors.

Factoring that a retiree makes $35,000 per year, from a combination of part-time work, retirement savings and government funding SmartAsset was able to calculate income tax rates. Sales tax was also a factor in determining senior quality of life. The study subtracted the tax from income to determine disposable income, which was used to calculate sales tax based on what was spent on taxable goods.

Additionally, how many doctors offices, recreation centers and retirement centers were calculated per 1,000 people. Next, how high the senior population was in each city, and what percentage of the population they made up.

Using these three main points, SmartAsset was able to determine the top 10 cities in the United States that are best for seniors to retire to. Here’s the list:

Dawn over Lake Lanier, Georgia.

Tax Burden: 16.5%
Doctors officers per 1,000: 36.5
Rec centers per 1,000: 10.0
Retirement centers per 1,000: 1.6
Senior population: 20%

Daytime exterior of 1920’s Florida resort, Club Continental, Orange Park, FL.

Tax burden: 13.6%
Doctors offices: 29.2
Rec centers: 9.4
Retirement centers: 1
Senior population: 52.5%

A limousine waits at the corner of Via Rodeo and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.

Tax burden: 16.7%
Doctors offices: 26.2
Rec centers: 33.7
Retirement centers: 0
Senior population: 21.4%

Kayaking in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Tax burden: 15.3%
Doctors offices: 11.8
Rec centers: 3.2
Retirement centers: 1.9
Senior population: 24.6%

Residential area in the suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Tax burden: 16%
Doctors offices: 18.6
Rec centers: 4.8
Retirement centers: 1.4
Senior population: 16.3%

Man resting on a log by creek in Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania. 

Tax burden: 15.9%
Doctors offices: 19.3
Rec centers: 4
Retirement centers: 1.3
Senior population: 17.2%

View of Westlake Lake in Westlake Village, California.

Tax burden: 15.4%
Doctors offices: 21.8
Rec centers: 8.7
Retirement centers: 0.4
Senior population: 25.9%

Sunset seen from under the Hart Bridge on the St. Johns River.

Tax burden: 14.5%
Doctors offices: 17.2
Rec centers: 2.3
Retirement centers: 0.9
Senior population: 22.3%

View Of Grosse Pointe. 

Tax burden: 16%
Doctors offices: 23.2
Rec centers: 4.8
Retirement centers: 0.6
Senior population: 21.2%

Golfer hitting an iron shot on a Michigan golf course.

Tax burden: 16%
Doctors offices: 19
Rec centers: 1.6
Retirement centers: 1
Senior population: 20.6%

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