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Overview: In the middle of the Oregon Coast, Yachats (yah-hats) is in a breathtaking setting, surrounded by mountains and sea. It is rustic and charming and often named as a favorite vacation destination.
The Oregon Coast Highway (Highway 101) runs through town and is lined with colorful buildings that house markets, delis, bakeries, cafes, wine shops and seafood eateries. The little downtown has galleries, tackle shops, tasting rooms, a farmers' market, an independent bookseller and the Yachats Commons. Built as a school, the large classrooms of the Commons now accommodate city government offices and host movie nights, drum circles, Arts Guild shows, senior luncheons, lectures, community theater presentations and big band concerts. The public library has exhibition space and the area's seed bank. Town celebrations include music festivals, a mushroom festival and the annual La De Da Parade, in which anyone may march. Homes sit on wooded lots and range from modified ranch ramblers to three story chalets with massive windows facing the water.
The Yachats River, the 804 Trail to Waldport, Smelt Sands, the Gerdemann Botanical Reserve, the Yachats State Recreation Area, and the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary are among the town's many recreation sites. Amanda's Trail runs from downtown to Cape Perpetua and the Siuslaw National Forest. Nearby basalt headlands create a landscape of tidepools, churns, and blow holes.
Population: 650 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 72%
Cost of Living: 9% above the national average
Median Home Price: $315,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, and winter temperatures are in 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 90 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? No, but Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, 20 miles away, is accredited by DNV Healthcare. The Walport Family Medical Center, a clinic, is eight miles to the north.
Public Transit: No, although there is a shuttle to the Eugene airport, an hour and a half away.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Oregon Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: Yachats is isolated.
Notes: Yachats has grown by 6% in the last decade. Racial diversity is minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the distance to an accredited hospital should be kept in mind.
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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