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Retire in Manzanita, Oregon?
Overview: This cozy seaside village rests in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on the scenic northern Oregon coast. It is one of three towns, including Nehalem and Neahkanie, that are within a nine mile radius of each other and often lumped together for marketing purposes.
Manzanita's cute downtown includes a seasonal farmers' market, a wine bar, an independent bookstore and fine art galleries. Attractive gray and white buildings have hanging flower baskets and street side benches. The Manzanita Writers' Series, the Manzanita Creative Arts Council and the Hoffman Center, which hosts classes, lectures and film screenings, are all signs of the town's burgeoning arts scene. The local recycling center sponsors the spring Trash Art Show and the fall Trashion Show. The fun Muttzanita Dog Fest just celebrated its eighth year. Residents enjoy a large city park, trails, a golf course and seven miles of beautiful beaches. Kayaking, fishing, and crabbing are popular bay pastimes.
Nehalem Bay State Park has a horse camp, bike trails and an airport. The Oswald West State Park is near Manzanita's northern border, and its cove is popular with surfers.
Homes, most of which on lush wooded lots, include Cape Cods, bungalows and ranch ramblers.
Population: 635 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 60%
Cost of Living: 45% above the national average
Median Home Price: $415,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 60s and 70s and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, this area receives 120 inches of rain and a dusting of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The nearest accredited hospital is Providence Health, 22 miles away in Seaside. It is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The Adventist Health Medical Group is a local clinic that provides urgent and primary care.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Oregon Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: The earthquake risk is 175% greater than the U.S. average.
Notes: The beach is one of the prettiest in Oregon. It is often nearly empty and is dog friendly. Many of the residences are second homes. The community sits along Highway 101 but is a remote place. Still, the population has grown 20% within the last decade or two.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the distance to a hospital is a concern.
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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