Oregon Retirement Communities

Many retirees who are considering Oregon retirement communities are finding that Oregon can be a lot more than just a beautiful coastline.



The snow capped mountains and lush green river valleys are filled with small towns that offer active retirees a truly unique outdoor adventure. Populations in cities like Portland and Eugene are on the rise because many retirees are finding that the mix of culture and arts as well as the exciting lifestyle that the city has to offer is just what they have been looking for. The Pearl District and Goose Hollow areas of Portland both made the list by Money Magazine for “Top 10 cities in America to retire” in 2007.

If you are looking for a small town community and enjoy the arts, Ashland/Medford area, in southeast Oregon is just across the California border. Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Britt Festivals and the Medford Jazz festival, the area is filled with cultural activity that lasts nearly year-round. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, Mount Ashland and Crater Lake National Park are nearby where you can enjoy skiing, hiking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting and a host of other outdoor activities.

Small coastal towns like Astoria, Lincoln City and Florence are becoming increasing popular retirement destinations. Astoria in extreme northeast Oregon is just a few miles from the ocean and sits on the mouth of the Columbia River. Because of its steep hills, bayside location and historic Victorian homes, Astoria has been nickname “Little San Francisco” by many.

Lincoln City, on the central Oregon coast, has been hailed as one of the top 25 places to retire according to the Chamber of Commerce due to its mild climate, beautiful scenery and abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Looking for a laid back lifestyle and miles of sandy beaches? Florence may be your perfect retirement destination. The mild climate and 25 miles of pristine beaches is attractive to many active retirees.

One of the downfalls to choosing one of the many Oregon retirement communities is the weather. It gets wet an average of 161 days a year but this can also be a selling point. If you enjoy golf, the damp weather keeps the green lush and you don’t have to endure the summer heat that many of the southern states offer.

Is Oregon on your list of "Best Places To Retire"? If so and you are interested in an Active Adult Community, check out our page on Retirement Communities in Oregon - Active Adult.





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