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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.
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.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2020
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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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
- 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:
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