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Bellingham makes list of 10 “happiest cities” in the west.

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Sunset magazine has listed Bellingham among it’s 10 “happiest cities” for 2011 on the west coast. This is the towns they consider to the best places to live (and find happiness). Other cities listed included Salt Lake City, Portland, and Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Bellingham made the list with it’s 65 miles of interurban trail, and proximity to mountains and the sea.

Every year Bellingham is listed in multiple publications in a top 5 or top 10 list. The lists have included “best places to live” “best places to retire”, best small cities to do business”, “cleanest air” and the trend continues with “the happiest”.

It comes to no surprise for those of us that live here..I have honestly never heard anyone say they did NOT love living here!

I think it also bodes well for the Real Estate market when these articles pop up. The positive publicity year after year must make some (small) impact on the popularity of Bellingham as a relocation destination.

Bellingham Ranked #5 in Best Places to Retire in 2011

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CNN/Money magazine, once again ranked Belingham in it’s Top 25 Best Places to Retire, with the #5 spot!

Money Magazine has also ranked Bellingham on there list of “Best Small Cities to Do Business” and “Best Places to Live” list as well. But the Best Places to Retire list is where Bellingham is noted most frequently in many magazines over the last 10 years.

A couple of things I thought were interesting about this years article, was noting that Washington State has no income tax, and something I was not aware of: WWU’s Academy of Lifelong Learning which offers low costs classes for Seniors.