Taxes aren't the only criterion for choosing a place to retire. We live in Anacortes, a smallish (<20,000 population) city in the very NW tip of Washington State. It's a very friendly place, neighbors for a couple of blocks either way become friends and look out for each other. You get to know the Mayor quite early on and everyone is friendly.
We have a good quality hospital, a wide range of general and specialty doctors and a fairly good public transit system (Skagit County).
The climate is pleasant, particularly for ex-pat Brits, with not much cold weather - maybe two or three days whan it snows - and not too hot in summer (highs in the upper 70's) with humidity in the 20's. The scenery is spectacular, a combination of the Swiss Alps and the Norwegian fjords, with lots of water.
Real estate is reasonably priced. A 1700 sq.ft. rambler, like ours, in a quiet neighborhood near the water would run about $275K. We're across the street from marina waterfont homes that go for 3x what ours is worth.
Washington doesn't have an income tax. Sales tax on everything but food is in the 8 to 9% range. Car licenses are a fixed fee plus a weight-based add-on. My Kia Sedona tabs were $120 last time, and the RV (because of its weight) were around $175.
We plan to die here, hopefully in the very distant future.
Frank Damp -Anacortes, WA,(DW- Eileen)
ex-pat Brits (1968) and now ex-RVers, as of 08 Dec 14.