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Retire in Gold Beach, Oregon?
Overview: With forested mountains to the east, the ocean to the west and the mighty Rogue River to the north, Gold Beach is in an invigorating setting on southern Oregon's rugged coast. It started out as a placer gold mining encampment but today is popular with fishermen, outdoor lovers and retirees.
Not a lot happens in this coastal hamlet, and that seems to be fine with locals. The beach is seven miles long and runs the entire length of town. It is wild and clean, with crabbing, steelhead fishing and clamming popular pastimes. The city hides glass floats along the sand each February through April, and beach combing for them fills many a day. The downtown has artists, studios and galleries, and restaurants serve locally caught salmon, halibut and crab. The Ellensburg Theater Company offers a handful of productions per year, and museums such as the Curry County Museum and the Cape Blanco Lighthouse detail area history. Motorboats run tours up the Rogue River, and easy to difficult hiking trails are dotted along the mountains and river.
Homes come in all shapes and sizes and are located in town, along the river and in the hills. Turtle Rock is a cute little cottage community on the beach. The Gold Beach Brew and Art Fest includes a classic car show, and the annual Festival of Quilts attracts craft lovers. Most stores are locally owned.
Population: 2,400 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 60%
Cost of Living: 8% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $230,000
Climate: Gold Beach sees little snow but receives, on average, 80 inches of rain per year. Most of it comes during the fall, winter and spring. Summer temperatures are in the 50s and 60s, and and winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. Skies are often overcast, and the wind is often blowing.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Curry General Hospital is accredited by DNV Healthcare.
Public Transit: Yes, a dial-a-ride service within town and a regional service to several coastal cities.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it is nestled in the pines.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Oregon Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: Gold beach is isolated. Brookings, which only has 6,500 people, is the nearest town and is 30 miles away.
Notes: Many residents only live here part-time. Shopping and services are limited. Despite its remoteness, Gold Beach has grown by 50% within the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although maybe only on a seasonal basis.
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