The main attraction here is Coeur d’Alene Lake, which features more than 100 miles of shoreline, and ample opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming or simply unwinding.
Thanks to its popularity as a tourist destination, the small town center is extremely walkable, and retirees will find shops, restaurants and even breweries, as well as a nearby casino and shopping and entertainment complex. Though the town of Coeur d’Alene is tiny, it is situated only a half hour from Spokane, Wash., where retirees can find all manner of stores and amenities.
Housing options for retirees can be found throughout town or in 55+ communities. Retirees should expect a median housing price of $224,900.
Con: Cold winters
Best For: Golfers and outdoors lovers
Cost of Living: 6.7% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $224,900
Top State Income Tax: 7.4%
Crime Rate: 4.5% lower than national average
Retirees hoping to stay active with continuing education courses can look into courses at nearby North Idaho College, which offers a number of classes, including foreign language, gardening and creative writing.