New Mexico Senior Living
If you retire in New Mexico, you’ll be able to enjoy its millions of acres of protected national forests, Aztec ruins, as well as many historic trails and parks. Thanks to its colorful scenery, clear skies, and sunshine, many writers, painters, craftspeople and other artists call New Mexico home.
The land of red desert, mountains, canyons and cactus, New Mexico senior living offers a warm and relaxed retirement option for seniors. Not only offering favorable climates for most medical conditions, this state is also ideal for rest and relaxation. Its biggest cities of Albuquerque and Las Cruces – not to mention Roswell, and its UFO mystique – offer retirees plenty of ways to spend their free time. And they don’t call New Mexico the Land of Enchantment for nothing; this state has an incredible landscape with spectacular sunsets and an overall temperate climate. Senior living in New Mexico is the perfect retirement location for anyone looking for affordable retirement options.
New Mexico maintains close to the national percentage of seniors in its population, hovering around 13.6%, according to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
New Mexico Assisted Living Costs
Senior living is significantly reasonable in New Mexico, averaging about $2,583, with monthly costs starting at $1,899 and ranging to $3,390. *From the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Independent Living Cost Survey. (http://www.seniorhomes.com/p/independent-living-costs/)
New Mexico assisted living facilities are regulated by the state's Department of Health, which places strict requirements on becoming certified to provide assisted living care.
Retirement in New Mexico
With a cost of living just below the national average, New Mexico rates a 97 on the scale to the nation's average of 100. *BestPlaces.com
While income tax ranges between 1.7% and 4.9%, New Mexico has a less-than-desirable taxation for retirees. According to Kiplinger, New Mexico is one of the few states in the country that does not allow Social Security exemptions, but the state does offer an exemption of $8,000 on retirement income for those who earn less than $28,500 ($51,00 joint), which can include that of Social Security.
Did you know that...?
- New Mexico's state sales tax is 5.125%, but local governments can add up to 3.56% to that amount. *www.kiplinger.com
- New Mexico has no inheritance or estate tax. *www.kiplinger.com
- The average price of a home in New Mexico is $154,100, which is down 8.2% from 2011. *Zillow Home Value Index 2012
Best Cities in New Mexico for Retirees
While the dry and warm New Mexico climate has a number of towns and cities ideal for retirement, there area a few that shine brighter than the rest. The AARP named New Mexico's Las Cruces as one of the Top 10 Sunny Retirement Locations (not to mention that this little town also made the AARP “Dream Towns” list of 2006). The town has phenomenal golf courses and hiking areas.
Sante Fe also made the AARP's list of great sunny places to live. Suspended between the deserts of the south and the southernmost tip of the Rocky Mountain Range, this city offers a rich diversity of culture, art and music. This location is also idea for active seniors who enjoy hiking and skiing.
Health Care in New Mexico
New Mexico has 74 hospitals, including military, public and private.
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Activities for Seniors in New Mexico
New Mexico is known for its great golf courses, mountain trails and hiking possibilities. It is also a state rich in Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Southwestern culture. With its own unique style, New Mexico offers a diverse variety of entertainment options in art, drama and music.
Temperatures in the Land of Enchantment can range from 35 degrees Fahrenheit to well over 100 degrees, depending on the location and the time of year. The northern mountains of New Mexico can receive up to 100 inches of snowfall a year, while the southern desert of the state averages about nine inches of rain annually. See the current weather status in New Mexico.
Sharp Seniors has 8 Senior Living Facilities in New Mexico
- 8 of them offer Senior Living
- 5 of them offer Assisted Living
- 4 of them offer Alzheimer's Care
- 2 of them offer Respite