Are you looking for a place to retire that offers an affordable cost of living, tax exemptions and deductions, comfortable temperatures, and low levels of rainfall and snowfall? If so, West Monroe, Louisiana may be the perfect place for you. SmartAsset recently released its annual report on the best places to retire in the U. S., and West Monroe came in at number three in the state. With a cost of living of 88.6 percent of the national average, nearly 12 points lower than the rest of the nation, West Monroe is one of the most affordable places to live in Louisiana.
Retirees can benefit from Louisiana's overall tax burden, which is in the middle of the state rankings. Additionally, there are several tax exemptions and deductions that reduce this burden even further. These include the exclusion of retirement income, the property tax freeze, and the housing exemption. The city of West Monroe has been ranked as the third best place to retire in Louisiana.
The Monroe metropolitan area has three comfortable months with high temperatures in the 70 to 85 degree range. August is the hottest month for the Monroe metropolitan area, with an average high temperature of 93.0 degrees. The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Monroe metropolitan area is 7.0 (10% 3Dbest), which means it's more comfortable than most places in Louisiana. The annual rainfall of 56.0 inches in the Monroe metropolitan area means that it is drier than most places in Louisiana.
December is the wettest month in the Monroe metropolitan area with 5.5 inches of rain, and August is the driest month with 3.2 inches. January is the snowiest month in the Monroe metropolitan area, with 0.4 inches of snow and no month of the year has significant snowfall. An annual snowfall of 0.7 inches in the Monroe metropolitan area means it's one of the snowiest places in Louisiana. West Monroe offers retirees an unbeatable combination: an affordable cost of living, tax exemptions and deductions that reduce their burden, comfortable temperatures throughout most months, and low levels of rainfall and snowfall. With all these factors combined, West Monroe is an ideal place for retirees looking for a comfortable lifestyle without breaking their budget.