Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2020


We analyzed over 38 places in Oregon to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Oregon.

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To see a list of the best places to retire in Oregon, take a look here.

Yes, if Tillamook's cheese, Beaverton's Nike shoes, and the University of Oregon's Mighty Ducks are just a few of your favorite things, than you should consider spending your retirement years in The Beaver State.

And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has done the homework for you: we've created a list of the best places to retire in Oregon for 2020 and you can them below.

But first, if Coos Bay's emerald coast, Portland's Voodoo Doughnuts, or Mt. Hood's majestic views don't seal the deal, then the fact that the state's best places to retire are super affordable, super fun, and super safe should do the trick. Probably why many of Oregon's best places to retire are also some of the state's safest.

Did we mention that these Oregon gems are also super close to an international airport? If you choose one of Oregon's best places to retire, you'll get to save money on that Winnebago and fly your family to you.

Want to know more? We suggest you grab an Oregon City Pioneer Pale Ale, throw on your favorite Ducks jersey, and read on to see how we ranked the best places to retire in Oregon.

Why did Newport take the top spot? And where are Portland and Salem?

Oregon's strong economy, gold star safety, and average cost of living make its best places to retire very desirable. So, one can imagine how difficult it was for us to narrow down the best of the best.

But we did.

So, what's the best place to retire in Oregon for 2020? According to the latest FBI and Census data, the best place to retire in Oregon is Newport.

To see a list of the other great places to spend your golden years in this northwest state, take a look below; and if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more Oregon state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2020

Newport, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,381
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $856
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Newport by HomeSnacks User

Newport is located on the Oregon Coast and is a prime tourist site. Newport has a lot of places for a visitor to go for and fantastic ocean experience including the Marine Science Center, Undersea Gardens, the Aquarium and easily accessible beaches. There is a variety of eateries for any taste, including fantastic clam chowder at Mos. As with most coastal towns salt water taffy is abundant. There is plenty of lodging to choose from for a variety of budgets, also. Crime is at a minimum but as with elsewhere it is present. Parking can be a problem when trying to get to the water front and walking some distance could be required. Overall I give Newport a 4 rating.

The Marine Science Center and the Aquarium are my favorites and very visitor friendly. Both provide sea creature experience but at different levels. Access to beaches does not require going up/down a lot of steps. Overall the "ocean" experience is good at Newport.

Silverton, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,028
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $924
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
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Silverton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. The city is named after Silver Creek, which flows through the town from Silver Falls into the Pudding River, and thence into the Willamette River. Silverton was originally called Milford, then Silver Creek; on July 16, 1855, Silver Creek became Silverton. Human habitation of the Silverton area extends back approximately 6,000 years before the present.

Review Of Silverton by HomeSnacks User

I love the cute town of Silverton Oregon. It's right next to Silver Falls State Park, a forested canyon with over ten waterfalls. It was nice to be in nature and, afterwards, to stop at the grocery store in town for a bite to eat.

Silverton is small and easy to navigate. The city park is great for kids and some of the buildings in old part of town have murals. The grocery store in town, Roth's, has an awesome deli where you can get delicious sandwiches.

Milwaukie, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,955
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,103
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
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Milwaukie is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A very small portion of the city extends into Multnomah County. The population was 20,291 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1847 on the banks of the Willamette River, the city, known as the Dogwood City of the West, was incorporated in 1903 and is noted as the birthplace of the Bing cherry. The city is now a suburb of Portland and also adjoins the unincorporated areas of Clackamas and Oak Grove.

Review Of Milwaukie by HomeSnacks User

School system is fantastic and it is a really quiet pretty area south of Portland

Property values are much better than much of the Portland metro area.

The Dalles, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,320
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $795
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
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The Dalles is the county seat and largest city of Wasco County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,620 at the 2010 census, and is the largest city on the Oregon side along the Columbia River outside the Portland Metropolitan area.

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 38,705
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,527
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Oswego is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon's brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.

Canby, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,527
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $998
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
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Canby is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 15,829 at the 2010 census. It is along Oregon Route 99E, 2 miles northeast of Barlow. In May 2016 Canby was featured on ABC's series 20/20, when the local "Canby Psychic" was part of an investigation of swindling a local rancher of $15 million.

Dallas, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,805
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $793
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
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The city of Dallas is the county seat of Polk County, Oregon, United States. The population was 14,583 at the 2010 census.

St. Helens, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,446
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $878
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
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St. Helens is the county seat of Columbia County, Oregon. It was founded by Captain H. M. Knighton, a native of New England, in 1845 as "Plymouth". The name was changed to St. Helens in the latter part of 1850 for its view of Mount St. Helens, roughly 39 miles away in Washington. The city is approximately 28 miles northwest of Portland. Its population was 12,883 at the 2010 census.

Roseburg, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,988
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $810
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
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Roseburg is a city in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is located in the Umpqua River Valley in southern Oregon and is the county seat and most populous city of Douglas County. Founded 166years ago, in 1851, the population was 21,181 at the 2010 census, making it the principal city of the Roseburg, Oregon Micropolitan Statistical Area. The community developed along both sides of the South Umpqua River and is traversed by Interstate 5. Traditionally a lumber industry town, Roseburg is the home of Roseburg Forest Products.

Review Of Roseburg by HomeSnacks User

I live in Roseburg Oregon, which is one hour SOUTH of Eugene and we have a population of 21,549.

Pendleton, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,713
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $725
Distance to Closest Airport: 108 miles
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Pendleton is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Developed along the Umatilla River, Pendleton was named in 1868 by the county commissioners for George H. Pendleton, Democratic candidate for vice-president in the 1864 presidential campaign. The population was 16,612 at the 2010 census, which includes approximately 1,600 inmates incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. The city is the county seat of Umatilla County.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beaver State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Oregon to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Beaver State -- 372 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Newport, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Oregon Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Oregon goes to Newport.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Redmond
  2. Eugene
  3. Springfield

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Oregon?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Newport 10,381 $856
2 Silverton 10,028 $924
3 Milwaukie 20,955 $1,103
4 The Dalles 15,320 $795
5 Lake Oswego 38,705 $1,527
6 Canby 17,527 $998
7 Dallas 15,805 $793
8 St. Helens 13,446 $878
9 Roseburg 22,988 $810
10 Pendleton 16,713 $725

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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