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Oregon may not be the first state that comes to your mind when you are considering your retirement destination, but maybe it should be. With an abundance of green spaces, stunning beaches, and a thriving cultural and art scene, Oregon is quickly becoming a hotspot for retirees.

Learn more about retiring in Oregon.

Benefits of Retiring in Oregon

1. Tax Benefits

When shopping in Oregon, what you see is what you get. There is no sales tax in the state, so the price you see is the price you pay. Additionally, Social Security income is exempt from state income tax.

bike-riding2. Leave Your Car in the Garage

Portland, Oregon is frequently rated the most bike-friendly city in the country, encouraging retirees to enjoy time being active while getting where they need to go, instead of sitting in traffic.

3. 363 Miles of Stunning Pacific Coastline

From sandy beaches to majestic cliffs, the Oregon coast is nothing less than magical. The famous Highway 101 will take you down the entire coastline offering unforgettable views. Be sure to stop at the world-famous Tillamook Cheese Factory on the coast for world-renowned samples.

4. Sustainable Living

Oregon is consistently rated among the states with the lowest carbon footprint and has more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings per capita than any other state. Portland has been ranked as one of the “greenest” cities in the world and Oregon frequently tops ratings for recycling, energy efficiency, and renewable energy production.

5. Low Crime Rate

With the abundance of outdoor recreation, retirees can focus on the fun and less on safety. Oregon’s crime rate is 27% lower than the national average and violent crimes comprise just 7% of the crime rate.

6. Abundance of Farmer’s Markets and Fresh Producefresh-produce

Oregon’s temperate climate and nutrient-rich soil make it a farmer’s paradise. During the warmer months, produce stands and roadside farmer’s markets pop up everywhere, making it easy for retirees to eat local, fresh produce in season.

7. Stunning and Diverse Scenery

From shining seas to purple mountain majesty, Oregon has it all. Retirees in Oregon can take advantage of a breathtaking and diverse landscape with the Painted Hills, Mount Hood, the Wallowas, South Rock, and Crater Lake. Sandboard at the dunes or hike through an evergreen forest. The choice is yours.

8. Quality of Life

If you want the comfort of small-town America with the amenities of a bustling urban center, Oregon is a great choice. Portland is quickly becoming a popular retirement destination because of its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and luxurious city lifestyle.

9. Temperate Climate

Retirees in Oregon will experience the beauty of all four seasons with none of the extremes. Temperatures in Oregon rarely reach extreme lows or highs and severe weather is also rare because many of these storms move in from the Pacific, minimizing the storm’s potential effects.

10. Vibrant Restaurant and Culinary Scene

With over 200 vineyards throughout the state, elephant ears (an Oregon favorite of fried dough rolled in sugar) at most farmer’s markets, and Portland’s vibrant craft beer scene, Oregon is the place to be when it comes to fine dining.

Making the Move

When evaluating the cost of senior living first think through your current expenses because so much of senior living is all-inclusive. Consider how much of your income is spent monthly on food, utilities, healthcare, house maintenance, and homeownership costs. Once you have a good understanding of how much it costs to live on your own, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of the cost of senior living.

You will also want to think through what is included at the community you are considering. Many of our communities include a wide range of amenities including,

  • Regular housekeeping and linen services
  • True restaurant dining, with made to order meals
  • Engaging activities and social events
  • Home maintenance and yard work
  • Gym memberships and fitness classes through PrimeFit
  • Language lessons
  • Travel opportunities
  • Assisted living and memory care services, if needed

Exactly how much your monthly rate is will depend on the care being received, amenities being used, and apartment style chosen.

The cost of senior living in Oregon is fairly consistent across the state, coming in at $3,880 per month for assisted living care, slightly higher than the national average.

Your Dream Retirement on Your Budget

From traveling the world to exploring your own backyard, Leisure Care living is fun and easy. We offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care services at our communities throughout Oregon. We will work closely with you and your family to create a lifestyle that meets care and budget needs while making the most of every day of retirement. Five-star fun. Five-star service. That’s our promise.

It’s your time to build your future. Contact us today to get started.

About the author

Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 7 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in advertising and has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Currently living in Okinawa, Japan, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her two children and golden retriever.