“New Napa” named top retirement destination in U.S…

Many consider Yakima to be a smaller and newer Napa Valley and it could just be the perfect retirement city for you, especially if you love wine, craft beer, apples, and the outdoors.

Located in the rolling hills of Eastern Washington, Yakima was recently named by Where to Retire’s 2019 summer issue as one of the top eight destinations to retire for its food and wine. Yakima is about two hours east of Seattle. Click here on GoogleMaps for the location of Yakima, WA.

Many consider Yakima to be a smaller Napa Valley because it is home to a variety of wineries, craft beer, apple orchards, events, outdoor adventures beautiful landscape, sunny weather, restaurant options and so many other options for retirees looking for a relaxing, enjoyable destination.

So what do the residents of Yakima have to say about being a top retirement city? John Cooper, President and CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism says, “We are a great community for food, wine and beer. It’s fantastic that Yakima is named as a top retirement destination along with other very recognizable cities.”

Average Home Price in Yakima
According to Zillow, the average home price in Yakima is $230,000 at the time of this blog post. Click here to learn more.

Yakima City Size
The Yakima Metropolitan Area has a population around 250,000 residents. The city of Yakima itself as over 90,000 residents.

Yakima Wine Country
Yakima Valley is home to over 120 wineries (hey that sounds great!). Napa Valley, as a comparison, has over 400 wineries. For more information on Yakima wineries, please click here.

Did you know?
The U.S Census Bureau reports that more than 700,000 U.S. citizens relocate to new towns in retirement every year.

Where to Retire also names the below cities as top places to retire in America.

  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Austin, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Traverse City, Michigan