Retire in Portland

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Best Retirement City - Portland

See why many believe that Portland is the best city to retire

Portland, Oregon, is one of the most unique cities we cover on our list, and many believe is one of the best places to retire. It's thriving arts and cultural scene is second to none, and the city's budding culinary scene boasts excellent breweries, coffee shops, distilleries, and microbreweries. Portland has a very free spirited feel, and the city's youthful population makes a definite impact in its vibrant culture. Potentially the greatest perk of all, Portland's close proximity to spectacular natural beauty makes the city ideal for retirees who love the outdoors as well. Portland is broken up into five "quadrants": North, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast. Most Portland newbies find themselves in the Northwest section of the city, with historic and trendy neighborhoods only a stone's throw from the city center. Southwest Portland includes the actual city center itself, with museums, concert halls, and unique attractions such as Hoyt Arboretum, Rose Test Garden, and Japanese Garden. East Portland is the city's most diverse district, has excellent access to outdoor activities such as hiking, and is also home to a rich urban farming community. Click on the above tabs to learn even more about what it's like to retire in Portland.

City Highlights

  1. Excellent access to hiking and other outdoor activities
  2. Stellar culinary scene
  3. Youthful, vibrant culture
  4. Multiple hospitals within 25 miles
  5. Numerous local farms

Potential Drawbacks

  1. High cost of living and not tax friendly
  2. Some may find the culture a bit too free spirited
  3. Cloudy days

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 52,657

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Seattle, WA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Portland International Airport

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Closest Major Airport:

Portland International Airport

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