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In recent years, Portland, Oregon, has experienced a surge in population due to its magnetic quirkiness and fabulous atmosphere. Creativity and uniqueness thrive here, and residents strive to keep it that way with their famous mantra: Keep Portland weird. Local governance has made a conscious effort to make the city enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds with outstanding public transportation infrastructure and environmentally friendly measures for long-term sustainability.

In the shorter-term, the senior population of Portland grows each year, as does the housing demand. Senior apartments in Portland are appearing more and more often, providing a lovely lifestyle option for seniors who don’t need extra care support and are looking to enjoy Portland from the comfort of an independent space.

In this guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Portland senior apartments, along with what it costs and how people pay. You’ll learn about benefits for veterans and public assistance to help cover the cost of senior living, along with what regulations dictate senior apartment standards. Listings used to create this guide were pulled from a 10-mile radius from downtown Portland, which includes parts of Vancouver, Washington. Learn more about life in Portland senior apartments below.

Senior Apartments Facilities near Portland, OR

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Average starting price $3,685/month
Recent reviews of Senior Apartments in Portland, OR
Hazelwood Community Apartments in Portland, OR

I am currently a resident at Hazelwood Community Apartments and overall it has been a good experience. I didn't sign up for meals or housekeeping, so I can't comment on those. All of which has since gone away. Shortly after I got settled in with my move to Hazelwood Community, we received an announcement that Hazelwood will no longer be designated for 55+ and disabled persons. All services dismissed, they turned this into a low cost housing project, letting the general public in. I would not recommend Hazelwood Community Apartments for elders, safety is an issue.

Vintage at Vancouver

We're very pleased with how things have gone at the Vintage. It's a very nice looking community, and the staff have all been very friendly. They really take the time to speak with their residents and get their input on how to make The Vintage a great place.

Affinity at Vancouver

The people here are nice and so are the apartments. The apartments are nice size. They have activities for the residents to choose from to participate in. The maintenance is willing to help and do things for you.

Hazelwood Community Apartments

11939 NE Davis St, Portland, OR 97220

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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It's a great place. I would recommend to others. We picked this community because of the price, and it was the only one available.

Provides: Senior Apartments

Are you looking to become part of an Affordable thriving, active community full of opportunities to bring new meaning to your lifestyle? Income Restrictions ApplyThe Hazelwood Community Apartments is a vibrant community in NE Portland that offers independent living for people with disabilities...

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Better Living Residential Care

15855 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Better Living Residential Care was really good about communicating the needs of my loved one to me. They had a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire community there and the residents were able to invite their...

Provides: Assisted Living
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Vintage at Vancouver

9001 NE 54th St, Vancouver, WA 98662

The care at this community is good. The staff are outstanding. I am happy having a clean community to live in. I know that I have recommended other families to this community for a great place to live.

Provides: Senior Apartments
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We invite you to visit The Vintage at Vancouver to truly appreciate our professionally decorated retirement facilities. Our Social Room is designed for large screen television viewing, playing bingo and cards, hosting potlucks and events and visiting with family, friends and residents....

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Holladay Park Plaza

1300 Northeast 16th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

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Holladay Park Plaza is a very nice beautiful building. The staff was very friendly. They gave us a very nice presentation of their community and all they offered. It is perfect for people who like to live in...

Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Nursing Homes

The Canyons PDX

3450 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Senior Apartments

The Canyons introduces an entirely new way to live. It’s an entirely accessible, urban and modern apartment community in the heart of North Portland, Oregon — with a concierge and COVID-19 safety features designed right into the building. Perfect for active adults, anyone with limited mobility...

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Hamilton West

1212 SE Clay, Portland, OR 97214

Provides: Senior Apartments

Patton Home

4619 N Michigan Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Provides: Senior Apartments

Marshall Union Manor

2020 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209

Provides: Senior Apartments

Emilie House

5520 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

Provides: Senior Apartments

Alberta Simmons Plaza

6611 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

Provides: Senior Apartments

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Rosemont Court

597 N Dekum, Portland, OR 97217

Provides: Senior Apartments

Westmorelands Union Manor

6404 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Provides: Senior Apartments

Bridge Meadows

8502 N. Wayland Ave., Portland, OR 97203

Provides: Senior Apartments

Villa St. Margaret

3825 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Provides: Senior Apartments

Kirkland Union Manors

3530 SE 84th Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Provides: Senior Apartments

Summer Run Apartments

7810 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Provides: Senior Apartments


12221 SE Kelly St, Portland, OR 97236

Starting at$X,XXX+ monthly
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Provides: Assisted Living

Smith Tower Apartments

515 Washington St, Vancouver, WA 98660

Provides: Senior Apartments

Village At Forest Glen

13775 SW Old Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Provides: Senior Apartments

Knights of Pythias

3409 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98663

Provides: Senior Apartments

Columbia Terrace Retirement

16932 SE Division, Portland, OR 97236

Provides: Senior Apartments

Ikoi-so Terrace

1550 SE Oak Grove Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267

Provides: Senior Apartments
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Costs of senior apartments in the Portland, Oregon, area

Portland has a relatively high cost of living compared to the national average. But among the senior living options available, senior apartments are some of the most affordable in the city. Explore local senior apartment costs and Portland tax and affordability information below.

How much do senior apartments cost in Portland?

According to internal research, one-bedroom apartments in Portland cost an average of $1,645 per month in early 2023. Studio apartments fell around $1,284 a month, while a two-bedroom senior apartment averaged at a monthly rate of $2,089.

Listed below are some common features or services included with these apartments:

  • Balconies
  • Small appliances, such as microwaves
  • Large appliances, such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers, that are often energy efficient
  • Online portals and payment options

Many senior apartment buildings welcome pets, though pets will likely be subject to size restrictions and will cost extra in pet rent.

Other additional fees you might run into at senior apartments in the Portland area include the following:

  • Reserved parking
  • Additional storage
  • Housekeeping

Is Portland an affordable place to live?

Cost of living in Portland is 24% higher than the national average. While there’s no sales tax in Oregon, housing in Portland is 62% higher than the national average.[01]

Neither Oregon nor Washington tax Social Security benefits; a plus for senior renters on both sides of the state line. Even so, many seniors choose to live in the Portland suburb of Vancouver, Washington, which has some better tax benefits for retirees and where the overall cost of living is only 4% higher than the national average. In fact, in Vancouver, housing is 2% lower than the national average housing cost.[02]

Here are a couple differences between senior taxes in Oregon and Washington:

  • Withdrawals from retirement accounts. Oregon does tax withdrawals from retirement accounts, while Washington does not tax withdrawals from retirement accounts.
  • Public and private pension income. Pension incomes are partially taxed in Oregon. However, pension incomes are not taxed in Washington.[03,04]

The following numbers indicate average baseline costs in Portland senior apartments. Please note that average add-on expenses aren’t included in the numbers below.

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How people pay for senior apartments in Portland, Oregon

Most seniors pay for senior apartments the same as conventional apartments; that is, private funds are the primary sources of payments for rent. Some apartment complexes for seniors may include certain utilities or even social events in the monthly rent. For seniors needing extra help, in-home care is a common add-on option when you don’t want to move into assisted living.

Private pay methods in Portland

Private pay methods that Portland seniors may use to cover the cost of apartments include income sources like savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns, as well as any of the following:

Understand Oregon and Washington laws and regulations for senior apartment communities

Landlords in Portland and Vancouver cannot discriminate against tenants based on race, color, national origin, disability, familial status, or sex, according to the federal Fair Housing Law and the Fair Housing Act.

In Oregon, landlords cannot consider a tenant’s past eviction cases — whether the tenant won or lost — between April 1, 2020 and March 1, 2022. Communities qualify as senior apartment buildings when they restrict residency to families with at least one person who has a disability or who is 55+.

Additionally, apartment buildings must make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Reasonable accommodations are designed to help provide equitable opportunities for people with disabilities. Listed below are some reasonable accommodations:

  • Landlords must provide adequate numbers of accessible parking spaces.
  • Landlords must allow tenants to pay their rent according to their income assistance schedule.
  • Landlords must allow tenants to keep service animals even if the community does not allow pets.

Reasonable modifications are design changes to a facility that make the building and living unit easily accessible. Most of the time, landlords aren’t required to pay for changes, with exceptions in common areas and in some subsidized housing situations. Reasonable modifications may include installing features like the following in the common areas or in a tenant’s unit:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Grab bars
  • Widened entryways

While senior apartments do not have specific regulations in Portland, standard apartments do need to conform to regulations the landlords and tenants must follow. For advocacy help in situations of disability law in senior apartments, you can contact Fair Housing Center of Washington in Clark County or the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) in Multnomah County.

Standard apartment regulations in Oregon and Washington

Landlords in the Portland metro must maintain a safe and healthy living environment by meeting the following requirements and making repairs when needed.

  • Homes should be fully waterproof and weatherproof.
  • Homes should be free of pests.
  • Homes should have hot and cold water that’s safe to drink.
  • Homes should be equipped with heat sources adequate to heating the whole unit.
  • Homes should have properly-installed electrical equipment.
  • Home appliances should be in good working order.
  • Homes should have properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

While landlords must provide habitable living accommodations, tenants must follow their own set of rules. Some of general rules expected of Portland tenants include the following:

  • Tenants should maintain a clean and safe apartment.
  • Tenants should properly dispose of trash and other waste in appropriate receptacles and should keep apartment sanitary.
  • Tenants should not use facilities and appliances unreasonably.
  • Tenants should not disturb the neighbors.
  • Tenants should not deliberately damage the apartment.

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Oregon Department of Health contact information

North Mall Office Building
725 Summer St. NE, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-2000
Email: hcs_housing.info@hcs.oregon.gov

Washington Department of Health contact information

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Phone: 360-236-4501

COVID-19 regulations for Portland senior apartments communities

Oregon and Washington don’t have COVID-19 restrictions in place at this time. Recommendations are as follows.

Oregon COVID-19 website
Washington COVID-19 website

Vaccinations. Portland residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted to fight infection and serious illness.

Masking. Masks may be required in some settings, including most health care facilities. Some senior apartments may have additional requirements; check with specific apartment management.

Social distancing. In Washington, residents can enable WA Notify on their phones to receive alerts if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Get to know senior apartments in Portland


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Number of people we referred to our partner communities in a 25-mile radius of Portland


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Gender split: 75% female, 25% male

What to expect from senior apartments in Portland, Oregon

Portland, like much of the rest of the country, is expecting significant growth in their senior population in the coming years. As such, many new-construction senior living solutions are popping up all over the Portland metropolitan area.

New construction

Common amenities in these new builds include emphasis on convenience and practicality. Senior apartments in Portland are being built close to shopping and leisure, with easy access to public transportation. Even so, many new construction communities feature abundant or easy parking with secure, controlled access. Additionally, many communities are going above and beyond Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance standards with practical inclusions, such as wider doorways and grab rails in showers, to make senior apartments easily accessible and navigable for all.

Emphasis on sustainability

Portland consistently ranks highly on the national scene for sustainability. From strategic sustainable measures by Portland governance to greener choices in everyday life, the cultural emphasis on environmental responsibility plays a big role in the Portland lifestyle.

Eco-friendly measures in senior apartments commonly include the following:

  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • On-site recycling
  • ENERGY STAR-certified appliances in unit
  • High efficiency windows

Celebrating Portland’s natural beauty

Portland is technically in a geological rainforest. While the city is known for its rainy days, one cannot deny the resulting beauty in Portland’s scenery. The city neighbors several stunning national parks with towering mountains and tumbling waterfalls, and you can find Portland natives out hiking and enjoying the fresh air most weekends.

This affinity for their locale translates into a desire to be outside more — or to bring a sense of the outdoors inside. In several senior apartment buildings, there’s a sense of breezy, natural beauty. Renters enjoy tasteful design elements such as exposed wood, elevated ceilings, and open-air hallways in their apartment buildings. Layouts in the apartments themselves can be quite spacious, boasting glorious views of the city’s beautiful scenery. And for the days when indoor activities just aren’t enough, most senior apartment complexes are located near bike lanes and paths for easy cycling access and fresh air.

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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Portland

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Portland population[01]


Mean annual income for Portland seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Portland

Portland residents benefit from a wealth of excellent health care options. Explore some of the top-rated hospital systems in the Portland metro area below.

Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) Hospital

Ranked No. 1 in Portland, OHSU hospital is nationally ranked in six specialties. The hospital is particularly high-performing in senior health procedures such as heart conditions, orthopedics, and pulmonology.

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Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Ranked No. 2 in Portland, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is high-performing in neurology and cancer procedures.

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Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center

The No. 3 hospital in Portland, Kaiser Permanente has excellent rankings in gastroenterology and diabetes-related procedures.[17]

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Transportation for seniors in Portland

Portland is a beacon of accessible, plentiful, and affordable public transportation. Review some of the many transportation options available to you as a Portland resident below.

  • Light rail system. The Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail can be accessed through TriMet, the city’s primary public transportation hub. The MAX boasts 60 miles of track and nearly 100 stops to help Portland residents navigate the city. They also offer reduced fares for seniors 65+, as well as robust accessibility measures. You can review their accessibility features on their website.
  • Bus transportation. This is a great way to get from Portland to cities in the surrounding Pacific Northwest area, including stops in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Portland has 80+ bus lines servicing the metro area via the TriMet bus system.
  • Streetcar. Portland famously built the United States’ first modern streetcar in 2001. Today, the Portland streetcar is still offering affordable transportation to the city’s most popular destinations throughout the famous Pearl District.
  • Bicycles. Considered one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet, Portland offers residents extensive bike lanes and bike rental options. Adaptive Biketown offers biking options for people with disabilities to help increase access to cycling.

Overall, Portland has a reputation for excellent transportation as well as walk-friendly and bike-friendly infrastructure. The below scores are ranked from zero to 100, painting Portland as one of the West Coast’s most accessible cities.


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Transit Score


Bike Score

Senior activities in Portland

Trendy Portland prides itself on its quirkiness and charm. With its plentiful national parks and its endless offerings for rainy day activities in the city, there’s always something to do close to home.

Shopping small in the big city

From local vendors to national brands, Portland offers an excellent shopping experience. Local scenes such as Hawthorne Boulevard or the Pearl District take shoppers from boutiques to excellent food and beyond. You can also browse the famed Portland Saturday Market, a nationally recognized open-air arts and crafts market celebrating small businesses and handmade art. Avid readers are sure to love Powell’s, a nationally-recognized bookstore, celebrated for its dizzying selection of new, used, and rare books.

Cultural delights for the artist at heart

Portland is a naturally vibrant place, filled with art, color, and creativity. For those looking to enjoy an afternoon of art and history, the Portland Art Museum features world treasures spanning centuries. Seniors more interested in the dramatic arts can enjoy inspiring performances at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or at Roseland Theater.

Things to do with the family

For ideas of what to do when family and friends come to visit, Portland has plenty of attractions to delight all ages. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a continual favorite among visitors. The museum regularly features events and shows to spark curiosity and educate the public on the scientific wonders of our world. Additionally, animal lovers are sure to delight in the nearby Oregon Zoo. The zoo features numerous exhibits, from aquatic and arctic environments to family farms and botanical gardens.

Natural getaways near downtown

Portland rests between a number of striking national parks and ecological wonders. Residents of all ages often spend their weekends hiking in one of the neighboring parks, which include the following:

To stay closer to home, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon spent in the Portland Japanese Garden. The gardens and art displays therein offer a serene and stunning getaway for when you need a moment of peace and beauty.

Frequently asked questions

Affinity at Vancouver, Hazelwood Community Apartments and Holladay Park Plaza are the top-rated Senior Apartments facilities near Portland, OR. These Senior Apartments facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Senior Apartments in Portland is 1,130 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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