On Oregon's stunning southern coast, Brookings is surrounded by pristine mountains and thick forests. It has quiet beaches, an attractive downtown, a farmers' market, art galleries and the ever popular Winter Art and Chocolate Festival. Is it also a great place to retire?
A wine and foodie town, Dundee is nestled in the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's pretty Willamette Valley.
Mellow, funky and lush, Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and boasts a vibrant cultural scene, an academic vibe and a progressive temperment. Coffeeshops, pubs, festivals, bicycles and Birkenstocks are all in good supply. It is a great retirement spot!
Weathered and romantic, Gearhart is on the northern Oregon coast and has a long pristine beach with breathtaking ocean vistas.
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.
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