Oregon – Retirement Guide

Oregon   Retirement Guide

Top Retirement Cities in Oregon: 

Medford | Portland

Oregon’s mild climate, stunning outdoor scenery and thriving local, organic food and wine scene have lured many retirees here as a retirement destination. Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest in general, has some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. From the jaw-droppingly gorgeous coastline, to lush forests, crashing waterfalls and sprawling vineyards, Oregon is unforgettable. Retirees can explore the Cascade Mountains, admire the beautiful vistas of Crater Lake National Park, and hike or ski around Mount Hood.

The state has also become quite a foodie destination, thanks in part to the growing acclaim of the Willamette Valley wine region. Breweries with unique micro-brewed beers have also sprung up around the state, and many restaurants are known for sourcing locally grown and raised food.

Retirees interested in Oregon should be aware that the state does have a high cost of living, some 12% above the national average.

Pros: Gorgeous landscape, ample outdoor activities, vibrant food and wine scene
Con: High cost of living and taxes, wet weather

At a Glance
Best For: Nature lovers
Population: 3,871,859
Cost of Living: 12% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $203,500
Unemployment: 8.2%
Top State Income Tax: 9.9%

Tax rates are also high here; the top state income tax rate is 9.9%, though there is no sales tax, which is a big bonus. Social Security benefits are not taxed, though pensions are taxed with some exemptions.

Throughout the state, retirees will find a number of communities well-suited to retirement living, such as the quirky city of Portland, or the quaint small town, Corvallis.

Weather in Oregon largely depends on where you decide to live. Although weather across most of the state is typically mild, some areas, such as Eugene, are known for being particularly wet and rainy.

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Photo by Jan Tik via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.