Oregon is located on the West Coast in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is nicknamed the “Beaver State,” due to the large number of the animals that called the state home when the fur traders and pioneers first arrived. Oregon is a pacific playground with over 360 miles of beaches and more than 30 million acres of forest. Its larger cities like Portland and the college town of Eugene are vibrant and eclectic places with plenty of activity. Oregon’s majestic natural beauty combined with its relatively mild temperatures make the state a great place to call home and a wonderful location to retire.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 100 retirement communities in Oregon that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Oregon is about $2,400.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Oregon.
In Oregon, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Oregon is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Like other states on the west coast, Oregon has an extremely high housing cost and lots of prime real estate. This high cost is slightly offset by the fact that Oregon has no sales tax, which means that the price of consumer goods tends to be more affordable than elsewhere. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of Oregon’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Oregon leaned considerably liberal. The Portland metro area is the most densely-populated part of the state, and also the most left-leaning politically. Outside of the cities, Oregon is very rural and tends to vote reliably conservative. Many people in Oregon are active in the outdoors and a majority of the population is interested in environmental conservation and protection.
A large portion of the state of Oregon has a warm-summer Mediterranean type of climate. This means that the summers tend to be warm and pleasant while the winters are often cool and rainy. The coastal regions of Oregon receive especially high amounts of precipitation, and certain parts of the state, like the Valley of the Giants, are even considered rainforests. The average relative humidity is Oregon is around 70% with an average dew point of about 39°F.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.