Missouri is a great Midwestern state that has something for nearly any retiree. Many active adults move to Missouri s active adult communities to enjoy retirement near family yet close enough to big-city entertainment in cities like St. Louis and Kansas City. Though Missouri is mostly situated in a rural setting, many people do not know that the state has more than 100 wineries, 6,000 caves, quality healthcare, and plenty of historical attractions. 55+ communities in Missouri are ideal for residents who enjoy a four-season climate and friendly environment. Popular retirement communities in Missouri are often found in Branson, Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis, Lee s Summit, Independence, and St. Joseph.
Climate & Geography
Missouri borders eight states: Iowa on the north, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee on the east, Arkansas on the south, and Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska on the west. The Mississippi River defines the eastern border of the state and the Missouri River connects the two largest cities, Kansas City and St. Louis. The most northern part of the state has plains while the southern part is home to the Ozark Mountains.
The geography of Missouri is highly varied therefore the climate is different in certain areas of the state. Generally speaking, Missouri has a humid conventional climate, meaning winters are cold and summers are humid. The most southern parts of Missouri are warmer and the climate turns into humid subtropical. The interiors parts of the state often experience extreme temperatures because there aren t high mountains or oceans to moderate the climate.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Active adult communities in Missouri are within close distance to many opportunities for arts and culture, entertainment, food and drink, shopping, sightseeing, and outdoor recreation. Popular museums and galleries include the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, American Jazz Museum, and Art Saint Louis.
Missouri s professional sports include the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals baseball teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams football teams, the NHL s St. Louis Blues, and Sporting Kansas City soccer team. More entertainment can be found with live music, dinner theaters, and casinos.
Outdoor recreation like hiking throughout the Katy Trail State Park, camping in a conservation area, hunting, fishing, and boating on lakes are popular outdoor attractions. The state of Missouri is rich in history and offers plenty of things to do throughout the year.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Missouri is less than the national average and median home prices are much less expensive than the rest of the United States. The tax climate in Missouri also falls in the American middle. State income tax goes up to 6% and Social Security income is taxed. Sales tax is just over 4% while the national average for sales tax is 5%.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is a nationally ranked hospital in the St. Louis Metro Area. Other top hospitals including Mercy Hospital, St. Luke s Hospital, Freeman Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, University of Missouri Health Care, Cox Health Hospital, Boone Hospital, and St. Luke s have all be ranked as high performing. For every 100,000 residents in Missouri there are about 258 active physicians.
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