Walla Walla : Washington

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What Walla Walla is like for active adults

Walla Walla is the county seat of Walla Walla County in southeastern Washington. It is home to one of the top small private colleges in the country, Whitman College. With just under 32,000 residents it is a reasonable size and growing steadily. It makes an excellent retirement community - in fact Money Magazine at one point ranked it as the #1 place to retire in the country!

The Walla Walla area, infamous for an Indian massacre of white settlers in frontier days, now boasts wineries and the world famous Walla Walla onions. The charming downtown is being restored with bookstores, cute shops and restaurants. The main street is like that of Salt Lake City,wide enough to turn a wagon around in. Quiet residential streets and multiple parks give this small city a very livable quality. There are so many wineries in the area (over 100) it is being called by some as the Napa of the North.  Some of those include Dunham,  L'Ecole and Woodward Canyon.

For more information on what it is like to retire in Washington State. Here are our reviews of Bellingham, San Juan Islands, Olympia, and Seattle as retirement communities. Photo of downtown Walla Walla and Whitman Hotel courtesy of Williamborg and Wikipedia.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Active adults 55+ are attracted to Walla Walla because of its relatively mild weather, parks, ample housing opportunities, and beautiful environment. There is at least one 55+ development in the area. Home prices are in a great range, depending on location and type. Property values are still reasonable by Washingon State standards. The Zillow Home Value Index for Walla Walla was $165,800 in mid 2012.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Beautiful setting – a desert surrounded by hills and mountains • College town atmosphere • Proximity to the Columbia River and great scenery • Its wineries bring lots of tourists to the area  • Livable downtown and small town feel
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What is not special about this retirement community
• It is far from anything • Could become a small world unless you like living in small town
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Residents of the town come from all spectrums. Retirees who like living in a college town are attracted here. Prosperous farmers from this area find this town the center of the area.
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Local economy is driven by
The town is the regional commercial center for a large geographical area. Whitman College, business, tourism are important; its wineries are a major contributor to the economy.
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Climate and Physical Environment

Walla Walla is situated in the golden rolling hills of southeastern Washington. The Columbia River valley passes nearby. Being in eastern Washington, Walla Walla has quite a different climate than Seattle. It is colder in winter and much drier, summers are warmer. Average Jan. temperature is in mid 30's, average July temperature is in low 70s.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Whitman College provides a continuous cultural background for the community. In addition the town offers a variety of festivals. There are bookstores and art galleries. There are 6 libraries within the area. The Whitman Mission historical site is interesting. The Walla Walla Valley supports a number of fine and performing arts institutions including the Walla Walla Valley Bands, Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla Choral Society and The Little Theater.

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Crime

The Walla Walla crime rate is average.

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Medical facilities

Providence Saint Mary Hospital, Walla Walla General Hospital, and the Walla Walla VA Hospital provide service to Walla Walla and the area.

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Transportation
Walla Walla Regional Airport is just outside of town and very convenient
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Valuable Links
Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
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Facts about WALLA WALLA
  • State: WA
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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