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Outside of Portland, Quiet Milwaukie Sits Along the Willamette River and Boasts a Small Town Feeling, a Nice Downtown, Lush Neighborhoods and More
Just 15 minutes south of Portland in northwestern Oregon, quiet Milwaukie sits along the beautiful Willamette River and started out in 1847. It is considered a Portland suburb but has a small town feeling.
The town center is attractive without being touristy and has tree-lined streets with cute shops, chocolatiers, pharmacies, government buildings and more. Neighborhoods are established, tidy and lush with pine, birch and cherry trees. Housing stock is comprised of mostly ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. A new riverfront park has a boat launch, a lawn, an amphitheatre, water overlooks and more. Residents enjoy two community gardens with more on the way. Locals enjoy a year-round farmers' market and a parallel artisans' market. ArtMOB has a speakers' series and a long list of ventures, including a city hall sculpture garden and a city mural project. Milwaukie has 18 or more parks.
Elk Rock Island sits on the town's borders. Columbia Gorge, the coast, and Mt. Hood are easy day trips.
Population: 22,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 43%
Cost of Living: 27% above the national average
Median Home Price: $550,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and four inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Transit: Yes
Public Library: The Ledding Library sponsors concerts, crafts groups, a trivia night, and a poetry series.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 37%
Is Oregon Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: The earthquake risk is 336% higher than the national average.
Notes: Milwaukie has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have increased 4% since last year.
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.
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