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Myths About Retiring in Oregon

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Retirement in Oregon brings with it access to a thriving arts and entertainment scene and a high quality of life. Some retirees overlook it as an option; however, thinking it doesn’t offer the kind of lifestyle they’re seeking or that it’s out of their price range. Before you dismiss retirement in Oregon, review some of these myths about the Beaver State and what life there is really like.

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  1. It’s Only for Twenty-somethings - In recent years, Oregon has developed a reputation as the go-to destination for young, hip people interested in music and organic living. This is partly because of the rising profile of Portland, a city known for its music, progressivism, and eco-friendliness. However, a growing number of retirees are flocking to the state. MarketWatch notes that the city of Bend attracts so many retirees it’s been compared to Palm Springs. The Wall Street Journal reports that Portland’s age-65-and-older population is expected to increase by 106 percent by 2030.
  2. It’s Too Expensive to Live There - According to Sperling’s Best Places, the overall cost of living in Oregon is 16 percent above the national average. However, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly city, Oregon offers plenty of more affordable options. MarketWatch notes that Florence has a cost of living just 1.8 percent above the national average. Real estate blog Movoto named Portland one of the 10 best places to live in Oregon, noting that its cost of living is less than some other cities in the state.
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  4. The Weather is Always Rainy - Oregon, especially Portland, is a popular setting for many movies and television shows. If you watch closely, you’ll notice that it’s often raining. In reality, however, the overall climate is mild, according to the Western Regional Climate Center. The WRCC adds that some areas in the state get as little as 8 inches of rainfall annually.
  5. It’s Quaint - Some media depictions portray Oregon as a state filled with village-like communities where everyone knows everyone else. While some cities certainly have a small-town feel, the state is home to many bustling urban areas. For example, the Wall Street Journal notes that Portland’s restaurant scene has been compared to Europe’s. Whether you’re looking for a smaller community or a big-city lifestyle, you’ll find both if you choose retirement in Oregon.
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