Los Angeles, the most populous city in California, is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. Its ideal location and warm weather have made it an enticing option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to world-class amenities and attractions, and beautiful beaches.
Climate & Geography
A metropolitan city in southern California, Los Angeles is located right on the coast, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. The Mediterranean climate in Los Angeles is defined by warm to hot weather all year long, with particularly long and hot summers. Residents can expect over 200 sunny days a year and little to no snow.
Los Angeles is characterized by flat and hilly land throughout the city. There are also a number of valleys and mountains that surround the area. Not to mention, the city is also home to wide ranges of beaches and lakes.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
There is no doubt that Los Angeles is home to some of the most popular attractions and amenities in the nation. From Hollywood to Beverly Hills, the city is known for its large tourist attractions and entertainment centers which have made it a hot spot in California. Residents will have the opportunity to explore Los Angeles’s museums and landmarks, and catch show at the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, or Walt Disney Concert Hall.
For those looking to get outside and enjoy the warm weather in Los Angeles, there are plenty of options to choose from. The city is famous for its beautiful beaches, such as Santa Monica Bay, Venice Beach, and many more. There is also Universal Studios Hollywood, a water and amusement park.
Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolitan city, with countless shops, businesses and restaurants, as well as, shopping malls and outlets, so residents will always find what they need within reach.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Los Angeles is higher than national averages. This is due to the housing cost which is well above the U.S median.
California does not tax Social Security income or Railroad Retirement benefits but all other retirement income is taxed. Also, residents who are 65+ may be eligible for several tax breaks such as an extra $118 exemption that comes right off their tax bill. These residents may also qualify to defer their payment of property taxes.
There are 24 hospitals and medical centers in the Los Angeles area that are highly rated according to U.S News. 13 of these are nationally ranked in a number of procedures and adult specialties. The top three hospitals in Los Angeles (in order) are: UCLA medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Keck Medical Center of USC.