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Freedom is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 3,070 at the 2010 census.

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Very few middle aged or young adults. Many elderly that have lived here forever. I think it is unsafe for them to live independently because my observation is that many have not been to a doctor and diagnosed for onset dementia. My encounters with a few seem memory challenged. Some do not drive safely on the two lane road with blind turns and others walk unsafely on the same road with out the benefit of sidewalks whereas others ride an old bicycle right down the middle of the lane. There are steep grades on one side of the main access road and I can just see one of them going over the side. I don't see how family members can leave them out here to their own devices when they are in upward of 80-90 years of age. There is one woman that I see walking daily that looks tremendously underweight, I suspect she is not eating and is malnourished. It is quite alarming. I understand that they once chose this area for is solitude and natural environment, but when you grow into your elder years, your choice for end of life retirement needs to be revisited for the best overall option and many that live out here should have been moved years ago to a more conducive environment for their well being. The only local market price gouges and many of these folks are on fixed income.

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How did California earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. California has a state sales tax of 7.25%. Of particular interest is that California does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. California has an effective property tax rate of 0.79%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how California earned its state tax grade of C.

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