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Anacortes has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, a geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.

Anacortes is profiled in a feature titled “8 Tax-Friendly Towns” in the January/February 2020 issue. 

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said many retirees seek out a budget-friendly town that still offers charming attractions and amenities. “While the cost of living is low, these communities provide a high quality of life,” Fuller said. “Our interviewed retiree from Washington’s waterfront Anacortes spoke of summer festivals, kayaking and a top-notch restaurant scene, all without the high property values of nearby Seattle.”

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns in retirement each year. Generally, these relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate, and they bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. 

Florida continues to reign as the No. 1 destination for retirement relocation, followed by Arizona, South Carolina and North Carolina. The most popular region is the Southeast, claiming eight of the 17 states showing increases in total net retiree migration. This research and the latest census data is detailed in Where to Retire’s four-part series on retirement relocation. 
Order these back issues online. 

As the authority on retirement relocation since 1992, Where to Retire has covered hundreds of the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities. The magazine is published six times a year and has a national circulation of 200,000. The July/August issue also includes the magazine’s most popular feature story -- the 11th edition of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.” (View a complete list of the 50 Best online.) Where to Retire editors recently released the sixth edition of the book “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,079 Skagit Cases (+2)
<50 Cases in ZIP 98221

97 Hospitalizations (+1)
22 Deaths (+0)
36,064 Tests
NA% Positive

82,548 Cases Statewide (+349)
7,262 Hospitalizations (+14)

2,037 Deaths Statewide (+0)

Updated 9:00 pm September 20, 2020.

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County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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