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.
Con: High cost of living and taxes, wet weather
Best For: Nature lovers
Cost of Living: 12% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $203,500
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.