Thursday, February 21, 2008

Modesto California Retirement

Modesto California

Like her larger neighbor to the north Stockton California, Modesto offers hot summers, cool winters, and the rural ranch and farming style of central California. Modesto's proximity to Yosemite National Park and the mountains of California make it a key travel gateway to some of the best hiking and outdoor recreation in the world. However, the city itself is not considered a major tourism destination.

Retirement Communities:
Bethel Retirement Community 209) 577-1901
Casa De Modesto Retirement Center (209) 529-4950
Dale Commons Assisted Living (209) 526-2053
Seasons At Modesto (209) 491-0800
Courtyard at Merced Assisted Living & Memory Care (209) 524-0808
Stratford At Beyer Park (209) 236-1900

Population: Modesto has 206,000 people

Climate: Hot summers, mild to cold winters, low rainfall - overall moderate climate

Cost of Living: Moderate to high

Housing Costs: Median home cost is $309,000 Zillow has extensive Modesto house price information:

Taxes: California taxes are generally high compared to other states.California Tax details are here:

Colleges and Universities:
Modesto Junior College (209) 575-6789
Yosemite Community College (209) 575-6498
U of Phoenix-Modesto Learning Center - - (209) 543-0153

Transportation: Modesto Area Express

Health care:
Memorial Medical Center (209) 526-4500
Doctors Medical Center of Modesto (209) 576-3609
Kaiser Permanente (209) 557-1000
Kindred Hospital Modesto (209) 523-9006
Memorial Hospitals Association (209) 526-4500
Doctor's Medical Center (209) 578-1211
Country Villa Nursing & Rehab (209) 526-2811
Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital (209) 526-1775
Crestwood Manor (209) 526-8050

Travel and tourism:
Modesto Visitor Bureau:
Blue Diamond Almond has a fun "Almond Tasting" and video: Blue Diamond Almond
4800 Sisk Road (209) 545-6229

Retire To Kotzebue, Alaska

Kotzebue lies on a sand spit at the end of the Baldwin Penninsula in the Kotzebue Sound where the Noatak, Kobuk and Selawik rivers end. The Kotzebue Sound was named after Otto von Kotzebue who 'discovered' the sound while exploring for Russia in 1818. The site was a trading location for local natives for hundreds of years. A post office was established in 1899.

Population: As of the census of 2007, there were 3,109 people

Climate: Kotzebue is located in the transitional climate zone, which is characterized by long, cold winters and cool summers. The average low temperature during January is -12; the average high during July is 58.

Health Care: Local hospitals or health clinics include Maniilaq Medical Health Center (442-3321). The hospital is a qualified Acute Care facility.

Transportation: Air is the primary means of transportation year-round. The State-owned Ralph Wien Memorial Airport supports daily jet service to Anchorage and several air taxis to the region's villages. It has a 5,900' long by 150' wide main paved runway and 3,800' long by 100' wide crosswind gravel runway. A seaplane base is also operated by the State.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $134,600 (it was $116,700 in 2000)

Retiring In Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska, 358 miles north of Anchorage (by way of the Parks Highway), likes to think that it (instead of Delta) is the end of the Alaska Highway. Its central location makes it the focal point for the tiny villages scattered throughout the surrounding wilderness, and Fairbanks is a staging point for North Slope villages such as Barrow and the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Yet, unlike Anchorage, it still retains its down home "frontier" feel. It is contained within the North Star Borough, similar to a county, but which is roughly the size of New Jersey

Climate: Interior temperatures range from 65 degrees below zero in the winter to 90 degrees above in the summer. Gardening is big in the Interior.

Population: As of the census of 2000, there were 30,224 people.

Transportation: Regularly scheduled jet flights are available at the state-owned Fairbanks International Airport. An 11,800-foot (3,597 meter) asphalt runway, heliport, and seaplane landing strip are available.

Taxes: There is not a sales tax.

Things to do and see: Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Georgeson Botanical Garden
Pioneer Park
University of Alaska Museum of the North
Riverboat Discovery

Health Care: Local hospitals or health clinics include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital; Interior Community Health Center; Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center; Bassett Army Community Hospital/Fort Wainwright.

Universities: Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest college in Alaska.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $145,800 (it was $126,400 in 2000)

Stockton California Retirement

Stockton, California lies in the central region of California in the tourist destination known as the "Gold Country". Home to large ranches and farms, Stockton offers many rural ameneties for a fairly large California city.

Selected Stockton Retirement Communities:
O'Connor Woods Retirement Community (209) 956-3400
Plymouth Square (209) 466-4341
Rio Las Palmas Gracious Retirement Living (209) 957-4711
Camlu Retirement Community (209) 951-2030
Sunny Place of Stockton (209) 956-8677
Merrill Gardens At Carson Oaks (209) 957-6257
Atria Senior Living Group (209) 473-1300
Somerford Place (209) 951-6500
Cherokee Retirement Homes (209) 931-4206
Delta Plaza Senior Apartments (209) 464-9212

The Population of Stockton, California is 290,000

Climate: Very hot summers, cool winters. Moderate overall climate.

Cost of Living: Moderate

Housing Costs: Median home price is 319,000. Zillow has a lot more about Stockton, CA.

California generally has high taxes compared to other states. California Taxation details are here:

Colleges and Universities:
University of the Pacific (209) 946-2011
San Joaquin Delta College: Stockton Campus
CSUS Stanislaus: Stockton Center (209) 467-5300
Heald College (209) 477-1114
Humphreys College: Stockton Campus (209) 478-0800
Western Career College, Stockton (888) 203-9947
Maric College: Stockton
San Joaquin Delta College: Middle College (209) 954-5790
San Joaquin Delta College: Small Business Development Center - (209) 954-5089

Transportation: San Jaoquin Regional Transportation District serves the Stockton area:

Health care:
St Joseph's Medical Center of Stockton (209) 943-2000
St Joseph's Behavioral Health (209) 461-2000
San Joaquin General Hospital: Human Resources (209) 468-3370
Dameron Hospital (209) 944-5550
San Joaquin County Mental Health (209) 468-8700
San Joaquin General Hospital: Central Valley (209) 468-8185

Travel and tourism: is the travel information website, and you'll find things to see and do in Stockton here