Sequim: Best place to grow old and happy?

Two national media outlets gave high praise to Sequim for its retiree-aged population last week.

The city and its greater area recently was promoted as the best city to grow old and be happy in by the Huffington Post and Fox News.

The Huffington Post’s Shelley Emling of the Huff/Post 50 section first asked fans for their picks. In her story from Aug. 11, Emling said Sequim is near the water and has the same rainfall as Los Angeles or Walla Walla and features “four mild seasons and tons of wineries.”

She added that Sequim and Walla Walla “are much cheaper than Los Angeles, have no smog or water or gang worries.”

While more general to Washington as a whole, Emling finished by saying “Assisted suicide is legal, as is pot!”

Sequim took top billing in Emling’s article over a nudist resort in Edinburg, Texas, which took second followed by Denver, Colo., Sarasota, Fla., Napa Valley, Calif., and San Diego, Calif.

Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” TV program also gave Sequim top billing on Aug. 13 with a nearly identical list, minus the nudist colony, in the same order.

“This place has it all from sandy beaches to lush forests,” the newscaster said, “And all four seasons.”

Sequim’s response online from the Gazette’s social networking pages were mostly supportive of the news reports.

Residents Patti Ayers and Kathleen O’Connell agreed but wanted to keep the area a secret while people like Lori Osman Morgan are hopeful to come here with a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Twitter user @955jack said he’s “Not sure it’s the ‘best place,’ but it certainly is a good place, to grow older!”

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