Edmonds : Washington

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What it's Like to Retire in Edmonds

Edmonds is a beautiful city on the northwest coast of Washington State. The population was  40,400 in  2012. The ferry leaves here to cross Puget Sound to Kingston. From Edmonds you not only have a view of Puget Sound but you can also see the Olympic Mountains and the Cascade Range. This is a spectacularly beautiful place with tremendous recreational opportunities as well.  It is one of the more affluent towns in the state of Washington. The community has a vital art and cultural component with festivals and events through the year. Photo of fountain courtesy of Wikipedia and Walter Siegmund.


Where to Retire in Edmonds and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Edmond (see link at right).  According to City-Data.com, the median sale price of a home in Edmonds was a little under $400,000 in the third quarter of 2014.


What is special about Edmonds

The old Carnegie Library of Edmonds is an historic site and now serves as the Edmonds Museum. The Edmonds Fountain is a source of local contention and landmark. The Edmonds Arts Festival. There is a nice farmers' market from May through September. Crime is low.

What is not special about Edmonds

The price of a home is high in Edmonds.

Who will like retirement in Edmonds

People who want to live near the water and near the mountains will enjoy Edmonds. It is a great place for boaters and fishermen.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism, the ferry, and lumber.

Climate and Physical Environment

Edmonds is on the southeast end of Puget Sound.   The average July high temperature is 75 and the average January low is 36. The wettest month is December (6")


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Edmonds Center for the Arts opened in 2006 and is available for performing arts. The Edmonds Arts Festival is especially noted for painting and drawing. The Edmonds Jazz Festival is held every Memorial Day. The Driftwood Players perform at the Wade James Theatre. There are 2 weekly newspapers.


The crime rate in Edmonds is about half the national average.

Medical facilities

Stevens Hospital serves Edmonds.


Edmonds is fortunate to have several forms of transportation. There is AMTRAK service, commuter rail to Seattle, and the ferry to Kingston.

Valuable Links

Edmonds Arts Festival
Washington State retirement guide
Edmonds Wikipedia page

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Facts about EDMONDS
  • State: WA
  • Environment: Coastal,Boating Community,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: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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