These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon


We analyzed over 57 places in Oregon to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Oregon.

But where exactly in Oregon? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Oregon that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Central Point don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Beaver State to retire:

  1. Central Point
  2. Talent
  3. La Grande
  4. Milwaukie
  5. Woodburn
  6. Keizer
  7. Beaverton
  8. Springfield
  9. Cornelius
  10. Canby

Why did Central Point take the top spot? And where are Portland and Salem? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 57 places from across the state.

For these 57, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 57, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Central Point, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Central Point

Central Point, Oregon

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Population: 17,443
Cost Of Living: 104
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,866
Central Point ranked 1 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

2. Talent

Talent, Oregon

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Population: 6,164
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,676
Talent ranked 2 overall thanks to its 35 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.

3. La Grande

La Grande, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,090
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 142 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,605
La Grande ranked 3 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.

4. Milwaukie

Milwaukie, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,449
Cost Of Living: 113
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,508
Milwaukie ranked 4 overall thanks to its 42 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

5. Woodburn

Woodburn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,282
Cost Of Living: 97
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,981
Woodburn ranked 5 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 25 place safety rank.

6. Keizer

Keizer, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,875
Cost Of Living: 105
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,305
Keizer ranked 6 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

7. Beaverton

Beaverton, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,593
Cost Of Living: 123
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,779
Beaverton ranked 7 overall thanks to its 50 place rank for cost of living and 7 place safety rank.

8. Springfield

Springfield, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,882
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,871
Springfield ranked 8 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 42 place safety rank.

9. Cornelius

Cornelius, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,068
Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,165
Cornelius ranked 9 overall thanks to its 31 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

10. Canby

Canby, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,821
Cost Of Living: 114
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,658
Canby ranked 10 overall thanks to its 46 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Newport
  • Newport
  • Newport

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Oregon

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Central Point 1 17,443 104 1 2,866
Talent 2 6,164 108 10 2,676
La Grande 3 13,090 96 142 2,605
Milwaukie 4 20,449 113 10 2,508
Woodburn 5 24,282 97 32 2,981
Keizer 6 36,875 105 45 2,305
Beaverton 7 92,593 123 12 1,779
Springfield 8 59,882 99 107 4,871
Cornelius 9 12,068 107 22 3,165
Canby 10 16,821 114 22 1,658
Independence 11 8,654 101 58 2,380
Monmouth 12 9,769 107 59 1,842
Gladstone 13 11,668 115 14 3,042
Sherwood 14 18,687 128 19 1,530
Pendleton 15 16,830 100 108 3,024
Lake Oswego 16 37,310 154 13 1,433
West Linn 17 25,710 144 15 1,011
Scappoose 18 6,778 112 17 840
Molalla 19 8,247 109 30 2,813
Tigard 20 49,633 127 14 2,911
St. Helens 21 13,017 102 21 3,088
Dallas 22 14,788 105 57 2,752
Florence 23 8,498 98 127 4,471
Mcminnville 24 32,839 107 38 2,944
Redmond 25 27,002 104 114 3,899
Troutdale 26 16,339 113 10 3,500
Salem 27 157,967 102 50 4,770
Prineville 28 9,184 100 123 4,094
Bend 29 79,698 122 123 2,828
Forest Grove 30 22,070 113 25 3,294
Tualatin 31 26,604 131 16 2,958
Sutherlin 32 7,776 97 73 2,739
Ontario 33 11,148 95 243 6,306
Silverton 34 9,342 113 41 2,547
Milton-Freewater 35 7,094 96 98 5,342
Albany 36 51,210 103 70 3,352
Ashland 37 20,412 135 15 3,179
Medford 38 76,648 106 2 7,201
Brookings 39 6,350 111 75 1,039
Hermiston 40 17,031 101 94 2,959
Portland 41 602,568 126 4 5,831
Klamath Falls 42 21,165 97 57 4,578
Fairview 43 9,094 113 8 2,903
Stayton 44 7,719 105 54 5,648
Corvallis 45 54,735 121 77 3,305
Gresham 46 108,250 113 9 5,274
Roseburg 47 21,858 100 63 5,961
The Dalles 48 15,068 106 69 3,762
Sweet Home 49 9,042 95 81 7,431
Eagle Point 50 8,599 110 7 4,907
Cottage Grove 51 9,772 100 98 6,006
Astoria 52 9,503 105 71 4,219
Coos Bay 53 16,022 97 97 5,860
North Bend 54 9,591 101 99 5,890
Newport 55 10,045 107 28 6,411
Newport 56 10,045 107 91 6,411
Newport 57 10,045 107 97 6,411

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