The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Oregon.

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 2021 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.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2021

  1. Newport
  2. Canby
  3. Silverton
  4. Lake Oswego
  5. Ashland
  6. Dallas
  7. The Dalles
  8. Grants Pass
  9. Prineville
  10. Roseburg

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 2021? 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 2021

Newport, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,559
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $896
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Canby, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,695
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $1,055
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Canby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Silverton, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,242
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $967
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Silverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 39,127
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,614
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ashland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,056
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 16)
Median Rent: $1,085
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Ashland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dallas, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,168
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $867
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
More on Dallas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Dalles, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,448
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $831
Distance to Closest Airport: 69 miles
More on The Dalles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grants Pass, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,545
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $929
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Grants Pass: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prineville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,035
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $837
Distance to Closest Airport: 123 miles
More on Prineville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roseburg, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,083
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $849
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Roseburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beaver State for 2021

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 40 places from across the state.

For these 40, 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 40, 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

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Oregon?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Newport 10,559 $896
2 Canby 17,695 $1,055
3 Silverton 10,242 $967
4 Lake Oswego 39,127 $1,614
5 Ashland 21,056 $1,085
6 Dallas 16,168 $867
7 The Dalles 15,448 $831
8 Grants Pass 37,545 $929
9 Prineville 10,035 $837
10 Roseburg 23,083 $849

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.