? asked in TravelUnited StatesPortland · 10 years ago

Retirement in USA Pacific Northwest; Oregon or Washington?

Which would you recommend for an old-hippie/artist to consider spending retirement, and why?

7 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Many small towns in Oregon's coast range and along the coast are low-key, laid-back hippie havens. Some are mentioned at http://www.hippy.com/php/review-87.html Also, many Willamette Valley communities, including Portland and Eugene have thriving throngs of artistic hippies. Ashland too: http://www.hippy.com/php/review-88.html Several other distinctly Oregon hippie communities are at http://www.hippy.com/php/search.php?&type=reviews&... A week long trip along US 101 from Astoria down to Yachats or further is sure to reveal several that you like. I remember quite a few farm/art studios a few miles north of Lincoln City.

    There isn't as much published for Washington, but there is an arc of communities from Vashon Island (across from Seattle) to Port Townsend to the San Juan Islands, especially Orcas to Bellingham listed at http://www.hippy.com/php/search.php?&type=reviews&... (The arc continues onto Vancouver Island and across southern BC.)

    The advantages and disadvantages of each state are simple:

    * Oregon has an income tax and higher property taxes than Washington.

    * Washington has a damn sales tax, corrupt state government, and idiotic traffic engineers which apparently intend to prevent traffic flow.

    Other than that, the specifics of who lives where and how you react to the personalities present have more to say about where you should live than any generalization of a community.

    Source(s): decades of living in the Pacific Northwet
  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Monuments and memorials, diverse neighbourhoods, correct regional flavor it's this that Washington, DC is; a place unlike any other; just like this page hotelbye . Washington it's your house abroad with free museums and America's front yard. Washington is recognized around the world as a mark of the United States. Here, the spot you can't miss is the Capitol. Capitol is the seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The enormous dome, on the basis of the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, stands out above all other Washington buildings. Like Washington itself, the creating has developed over the years considering that the central portion was developed between 1793 and 1812. The past addition, in 1958-62, enlarged the key façade where presidents get the oath. On the other side, a marble terrace presents wonderful opinions on the mall and the city. The inner is resplendent with frescoes, reliefs, and paintings, specially the rotunda beneath the great cast-iron dome with a ceiling painting by Constantino Brumidi and huge paintings of views from American history on the walls.

  • Flower
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    I am more familiar with Oregon. It is less expensive, it has less rain and snow, no sales tax, higher property tax and it has more tiny rural communities than Washington without going to the Eastern conservative part of the state.There is Ashland of course and Eugene which are liberal. Some of the smaller towns might not be conducive to hippies like Central Point and Roseburg but Corvallis is ok, Gaston and Forest Grove, within an hour of Portland. Forget about Medford, redneck territory. There are the coastal places like Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach.

    You should check and see where the Rashneesh used to be. Ken Kesey is no longer with us either.

    thats all I know. i am in california and have spent some time in Oregon

  • Ranger
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Lots of people move to Washington where there is no Income Tax, but a sales tax. They live along the Oregon border where their is not Sales Tax, but the highest income taxes in the nation.

    They live in Washington and Shop in Oregon to avoid paying taxes.

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  • Will
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    One important consideration is that Oregon has the highest state income tax rates for low and middle incomes in the entire United States.

  • BB
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Look up the Long Beach Peninsula here in southwest Washington. http://www.funbeach.com

  • Janet
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    No, but I live close to British Columbia if that counts. Only a 14 hour drive to Victoria from where I live. :P

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