Northeast Louisiana Ranks as a Top Retirement Destination

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Antique Alley, named a “Shopaholic’s Delight,” boost West Monroe’s quality of place.   Photo courtesy of Monroe-West Convention & Visitors Bureau

Northeast Louisiana ranks as a top spot for retirees! West Monroe was named in the top three cities for retirees, according to SmartAsset’s third annual study on the Best Places to Retire. The study rates cities by their tax friendliness, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and availability of medical care. For a detailed look at how West Monroe compared to other top cities in Louisiana, check the table below.

Rank Louisiana City Tax Doctor Offices per 1,000 People Recreation Centers per 1,000 People Retirement Centers per 1,000 people % of Seniors Best Place to Retire Index
1 Covington 19.6% 15.6 2.7 0.2 14.2% 37.60
2 Mandeville 19.7% 8.2 1.7 0.2 15.8% 26.51
3 West Monroe 20.6% 7.0 1.4 0.2 17.0% 21.90
4 Marksville 18.2% 3.6 0.5 0.0 15.1% 20.30
5 Denham Springs 20.0% 3.0 1.6 0.4 15.3% 19.72

Ruston Profiled as a Top Retirement Spot by “Where to Retire”

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The City of Ruston was also picked as a top retirement destination by “Where to Retire,” the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Ruston was profiled in a feature titled “8 Tax-Friendly Towns” in the January/February 2017 issue.  After analyzing taxes on everything from property to purchases to Social Security, the magazine narrowed the list down to eight towns, including Ruston, that are easy on taxation yet still offer amenities important to retirees. Such amenities include cultural and entertainment opportunities, temperate climates, continuing education, excellent health care and outdoor adventures with breathtaking vistas.

Monroe’s Quality of Life Appeals to Seniors

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Considered the healthcare hub for Northeast Louisiana, Monroe provides quality health care for retirees, along with an exceptional quality of life. Many top-rated hospitals offer specialized and emergency care. A Monroe VA Clinic and Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home provide short-term and long-term medical care to an aging veteran population.

Monroe also offers a host of housing options from downtown loft living to upscale neighborhoods to retirement communities. Convenient public transportation, a host of cultural activities, restaurants and shopping cater to the active retiree. With one of the lowest cost of living in Louisiana, the Monroe MSA delivers more “bang for the buck” for seniors on a fixed income.

Union Parish: State Certified Retirement Community

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Lake D’Arbonne in Union Parish attracts many retirees to its tranquil shores.

Union Parish is recognized as a Certified Retirement Community, the first in Northeast Louisiana. This parish has long been an idyllic location for retirees who want to live near Lake D’Arbonne, a beautiful 15,000-acre lake filled with bass, crappie, bream and catfish.

Along with fishing, boating and other watersports, nearby Farmerville offers many other amenities that appeal to senior citizens, including shopping, golf, and other cultural activities.

Farmerville recently launched a major downtown restoration program, adding new sidewalks, light poles, a new water system to irrigate plants along sidewalks, and new parking lots on the west and the northeast side of the Union Parish Courthouse.

Additionally, an historic Farmerville  building will soon be renovated and developed into the Union Parish Cultural District building. This exciting move compliments the new Union Museum of History and Arts located nearby.

Bastrop Offers Small Town Life with Access to Big City Amenities

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Historic Rose Theater in Bastrop’s town square stages live performances.

The City of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish calls itself America’s Hometown because of its low cost of living, natural beauty, ease of living and family-friendly atmosphere-the same qualities that appeal to many retirees.

Bastrop also supports a host of top-rated senior care and living facilities, hospitals and other medical clinics. The Morehouse Council on Aging caters to the needs of its senior citizen community with a host of services and features such as a gym with wellness and balance programs.

Less than 30 minutes from an urban center, Bastrop provides convenient access to all the comforts of a larger city (Monroe is 26 miles south) without the hassle of living in heavily populated area.

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