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Retirement Living In Pullman - Washington

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Area Description

The largest city in Whitman County is Pullman which is home to Washington State University, the National Lentil Festival, local craftsmen, fine cuisine, fun shopping and friendly folk.
The surrounding area is known as the Palouse region of Southeast Washington where rich farmland, rolling hills, rural communities and hidden treasures are found all along the way. Speckled among the hills are majestic buttes with some spectacular panoramic vistas and wildlife viewing. It's a photographer's dream!

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Palouse Ridge Golf Club is but one of our local golf courses, and is a high ranking 18-hole Scottish links style course. There are 14 parks with over 95 acres of land providing a variety of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking and walking are all around and water sports are not far at all.

Cultural Activities

Pullmanites have the option to enjoy a plethora of cultural events and activities provided by departments and clubs from WSU, as well as with the talents of our local community. Residents and visitors alike may enjoy a production at one of our theatres. A neighborhood band might take you home with classic rock or a headliner the likes of Elton John could give you a night to remember.
Beyond that, the Washington Idaho Symphony, the WSU Museum of Art and traveling performances from ballet to circus keep things fluid for the locals.

Public transportation

The fixed routes are currently providing over a million four hundred thousand rides annually, mostly to university students. Our expanded service is Monday – Saturday with hours of operation Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., and Saturday hours of operation from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. during the WSU school year and 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the remainder of the year with modified service on most major holidays. The A and E routes serve north Pullman, the university, and the downtown area; I and J routes serve the south side of town, the university, and downtown area. The Express Routes provide service between the WSU campus and the student housing areas located to the north. The Night service provides limited service to areas of the north and south sides of Pullman. We also provide morning and afternoon service to Pullman School District students.

Our Dial-A-Ride provides paratransit van service to elderly and disabled patrons. Dial-A-Ride operates during the same times that the bus routes operate.

Medical Facilities

Pullman Regional Hospital recently received an Excellence through Insight Award from HealthStream, a patient satisfaction surveying contractor. The award is for “Overall Patient Experience in Inpatient Medical-Surgical Unit” and acknowledges exceptional performance achieved by a healthcare organization.

This is the third year in a row that Pullman Regional Hospital has received an Insight Award from the organization. The other two Insight Awards were “Insight through Excellence for Overall Inpatient Experience” in 2014 and “Innovation for Resuscitation Curriculum Development” in 2013.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Pullman, Washington?

For those of you that retire in Pullman, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the winter, great for a day of shopping in Pullman! Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Pullman such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Pullman!

Summertime in Pullman is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Pullman, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  26  31  37
 Feb  27  35  42
 Mar  32  41  50
 Apr  36  46  57
 May  41  54  66
 Jun  46  59  72
 Jul  50  66  83
 Aug  49  67  84
 Sep  43  59  74
 Oct  36  48  60
 Nov  31  37  44
 Dec  24  30  35

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  23  1
 Feb  0  20  0
 Mar  0  16  0
 Apr  0  9  0
 May  0  2  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  6  0  0
 Aug  8  0  0
 Sep  2  2  0
 Oct  0  9  0
 Nov  0  16  0
 Dec  0  25  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  13  27 %
 Feb  2 "  11  27 %
 Mar  2 "  13  31 %
 Apr  2 "  11  34 %
 May  2 "  10  40 %
 Jun  1 "  9  45 %
 Jul  1 "  5  46 %
 Aug  1 "  4  44 %
 Sep  1 "  5  39 %
 Oct  2 "  9  35 %
 Nov  3 "  15  32 %
 Dec  2 "  13  25 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  15 "  14  6
 Feb  6 "  7  3
 Mar  3 "  2  2
 Apr  1 "  0  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  4  3
 Dec  13 "  13  6

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Cost of Living for Pullman, WA

Pullman, Washington cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Pullman offers excellent housing options. Several brand new developments are currently in process to offer high quality, custom built homes for you and your family. Smaller communities in the surrounding area are only 30 minutes drive and add to the diversity of choices, all at prices much lower than in larger urban centers.

Senior Assistance in Pullman, WA

Pullman, Washington offers the following assistance for seniors:

Pullman Community Council on Aging offers Meals on Wheels and also the Senior Chore Program, which facilitates volunteers to assist homeowners with daily tasks, allowing them to 'age in place'. There are also several elder-care facilities, one of which provides for secure care of dementia and Alzheimer's for loved ones. Dial-A-Ride is primarily a Senior Service with ADA integration. The Senior Center in Pullman is extremely active with weekly and monthly events and also day and overnight trips to further enhance life with friends.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Pullman Offer For Retirees?

This is an active, close-knit community, and volunteer opportunities in many different directions are always welcome. Beyond service groups, the library is a great source of activity; as a participant or as a volunteer.

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