Portland, Oregon – Retirement Guide

Portland, Oregon   Retirement Guide

Portland has become a bit of a joke in some circles, thanks to the television show “Portlandia,” which pokes fun at the city’s hipster culture. Still, it’s in large part due to that culture that so much of Portland is so interesting and eclectic. The city is home to a large number of microbreweries and microdistilleries, as well as some excellent farm-to-table restaurants and cafes (which often boast a vibrant coffee culture), and a famous fleet of food carts. Portland is also super eco-conscious, with a focus on “green” lifestyles.

The cost of living in Portland is rather high, and the top state income tax is 9.9%, however this is often balanced by the state’s lack of sales tax. Median home prices are around $279,000, and those seeking retirement communities will find plenty in the city’s surrounding suburbs. Healthcare is easily accessible in Portland; the city is home to 5 hospitals, as well as many other medical clinics and facilities.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be well-situated in Portland. The city lies in proximity to excellent skiing, hiking, and the city itself has 227 parks and 270 miles of bike lanes and paths.

Pros: Great foodie destination, healthy outdoor- and eco-friendly lifestyle
Con: High cost of living

At a Glance
Best For: Food and wine lovers
Population: 593,820
Cost of Living: 16% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $279,000
Unemployment: 8%
Top State Income Tax: 9.9%
Crime Rate: 22% higher than national average

Gardeners will be thrilled to learn that Portland’s climate is generally mild, and excellent for growing plants and vegetables. Roses in particular are popular to grow here; the Portland’s nickname is actually “The City of Roses.”

Arts and culture also thrive in Portland. Retirees can attend performances at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera, or pay a visit to the Portland Art Museum or the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Top Retirement Cities in Oregon:  Medford | Portland

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