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Retire in Dundee, Oregon?
Overview: In the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's Willamette Valley, Dundee is about 30 miles from Portland. It started out in the 1880s and today is known for its wine (Pinot Noir in particular) and food.
More than 20 wineries are in town and the surrounding hills, and some of Oregon's best farm-to-table restaurants are in Dundee's walkable downtown. Establishments such as Red Hills Market sell charcuterie, cheese, craft beer, and spirits. The farmers' market happens every Saturday and attracts a hungry crowd. Dundee is a bicycle friendly town, and it is served by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District. The Willamette River flows along Dundee's eastern border, and its Chehalem Boat Launch, which is free to use, is a favorite with kayakers. It is also a good point to start an exploration of neighboring Ash Island, a 137-acre island that is inhabited by deer and bald eagles. Fishing along the Willamette River is popular and can yield steelhead and bass.
Homes sit on large, wooded lots. Major retailers are only six minutes away in Newberg.
Population: 3,200 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 22% above the national average
Median Home Price: $275,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Providence Newberg Medical Center, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? No, but Providence Newberg Medical Center, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Oregon Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Notes: Dundee has nearly doubled in size during the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Oregon became a territory in 1846, but its request to become a state was bogged down by Congress and the free versus slave state debate. Southern politicians finally allowed Oregon to enter the Union as a free state on February 14, 1859.
Although the 42nd parallel marks its southern border, water delineates most of the Beaver State's boundaries. The Columbia River separates Washington from Oregon on the north. The Snake River helps form the state's eastern border with Idaho. The Pacific Ocean is on its western edge.
Oregon is one of the country's most geographically diverse states and is characterized by volcanoes, dense forests, high deserts, and abundant bodies of water. For its latitude, its climate is mild. Mount Hood, at 11,249 feet, is the state's highest point. Crater Lake, the center of the state's only national park, is the deepest lake in the United States.
Timber, fishing, and hydroelectric power have pushed the state's economy in the past. Technology, however, is finding a firm footing. Tektronix and Intel helped establish the state's Silicon Forest. Notable companies who are or have been part of the forest include Google, eBay, Airbnb, and WebMD. Sportswear companies like Columbia and Nike also bring in billions to the state.
Portland, the state's most populous city, has more breweries in its boundaries than any other in the world. As of 2016, there were more than 60. The city boasts the world's smallest park. Mill Ends Park, dedicated in 1948, is a total of 452 square feet.
Population - 4,093,465
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 31%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 76%
Median household income - $51,243
Median home value - $237,300
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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