Active baby boomers will fit in very well if they decide to retire in Eugene, Oregon. Home of the University of Oregon (the Ducks) there is a college feel to the town like no other. The great rivalry between UW and the nearby Oregon State University Beavers is legendary. It seems that most of the population owns bicycles and they are everywhere!
Eugene has an average population of 157,000 but when the students go home in the summer, the town is far less busy. The senior population, over 65, is 12.6% which is about the average for Oregon. The median value of an owner occupied home is $246,000. There are plenty of rental properties, but seniors might be happier if they distance themselves from property around the campus.
Eugene is 100 miles south of Portland on the I-5 freeway. It is also 80 miles east of the coast and just a few miles from the Cascade Mountain Range and the Willamette National Forest. Eugene gets a few inches of snow in the winter, sometimes, and about 45 inches of rain per year. About half the year is sunny. Eugene is often named as one of the best small towns in America. Here’s a great little video that will give you a feel for the area.