The 10 Best Places To Retire In Oregon For 2022


We analyzed over 38 places in Oregon to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022 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.

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 2022? 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,767
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $949
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,302
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $823
Distance to Closest Airport: 98 miles
More on Cottage Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cottage Grove, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,086
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,223
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Milwaukie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milwaukie, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,426
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,007
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Silverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Silverton, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,612
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $925
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
More on Dallas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dallas, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,938
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $945
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Grants Pass: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grants Pass, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,429
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $915
Distance to Closest Airport: 123 miles
More on Prineville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prineville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 39,476
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,725
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 21,509
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $766
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
More on Klamath Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Klamath Falls, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,648
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,076
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Central Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central Point, OR

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Beaver State for 2022

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 43 places from across the state.

For these 43, 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 43, 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.

Summary: 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 10,767 $949
2 Cottage Grove 10,302 $823
3 Milwaukie 21,086 $1,223
4 Silverton 10,426 $1,007
5 Dallas 16,612 $925
6 Grants Pass 37,938 $945
7 Prineville 10,429 $915
8 Lake Oswego 39,476 $1,725
9 Klamath Falls 21,509 $766
10 Central Point 18,648 $1,076

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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.