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View Poll Results: Best Areas to live in with employment opportunities and affordable cost of living?
Astoria/ Warrenton/ Seaside/ Cannon Beach 2 11.76%
Tillamook 1 5.88%
Lincoln City/ Newport 8 47.06%
Florence/ Reedsport 1 5.88%
Coos Bay 4 23.53%
Bandon 0 0%
Brookings 2 11.76%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-21-2018, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I am just fascinated by these threads that are started by someone, and in 2 months the OP has never posted a followup after a couple of cautionary recommendations, but the thread merrily plows along with a life of its own.


Just in case...... Definitely find the job first, then follow that location.
I have a feeling the OP's dream of moving to the coast was crushed by the lack of jobs and lack of public transit. But the thread is still here for others whom may be helped by it.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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[quote=Thom52;52869453]I am just fascinated by these threads that are started by someone, and in 2 months the OP has never posted a followup after a couple of cautionary recommendations, but the thread merrily plows along with a life of its own.
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Maybe they recognized that the reality didn't match the dream.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: US
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OP didn't have any in demand skills or knew anyone that could get them a job likely. There isn't enough good jobs to go around for natives. Why would someone pay relocation for an out-of-towner who might just leave a year later?
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Lincoln City is a retirement community. It is a very desirable town for retirement.
I have never ever heard Lincoln City described as a "desirable retirement community", or even a "retirement community"....

Its a coastal "tourist" town through and through.
Nothing but thousands of tourists in the summer, and the much smaller population in the other seasons are locals that support the summer tourist season.

Go read the City-Data Lincoln City page.

Some of those comments made describing the north Oregon coast make it seem like one has never visited there.

BTW, The whole Oregon coast can be considered a "retirement" community.
That is if you are a wealthy, self sustaining retiree.

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Old 08-28-2018, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I have never ever heard Lincoln City described as a "desirable retirement community", or even a "retirement community"....

Its a coastal "tourist" town through and through.
Nothing but thousands of tourists in the summer, and the much smaller population in the other seasons are locals that support the summer tourist season.

Go read the City-Data Lincoln City page.

Some of those comments made describing the north Oregon coast make it seem like one has never visited there.

BTW, The whole Oregon coast can be considered a "retirement" community.
That is if you are a wealthy, self sustaining retiree.
The average age in Lincoln City is 47 vs. 39 for the state. OK, it's not exactly up there with Florence, but the number of retirees in Lincoln City is substantial. It is a retirement community.

Quote:
Economic Base:
Lincoln City has two primary economic resources: tourism and retirement.
Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce _ Oregon Coast
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:24 PM
 
Location: WA
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I have never ever heard Lincoln City described as a "desirable retirement community", or even a "retirement community"....

Its a coastal "tourist" town through and through.
Nothing but thousands of tourists in the summer, and the much smaller population in the other seasons are locals that support the summer tourist season.

Go read the City-Data Lincoln City page.

Some of those comments made describing the north Oregon coast make it seem like one has never visited there.

BTW, The whole Oregon coast can be considered a "retirement" community.
That is if you are a wealthy, self sustaining retiree.
Why else would one move to Lincoln City if not to retire? I'm not saying it's a "desirable" retirement community. I just don't know why else anyone would actually move there.

Unlike Newport or Astoria there is no actual harbor so no fishing fleet, fish processing industry, shipping, or working waterfront. Unlike Coos Bay there is no timber or wood processing industry. Unlike Newport there's no university science center or NOAA laboratories. The hospital is about the 5th largest hospital on the coast so not even a regional medical center. The Lincoln City hospital has 25 beds compared to the Bay Area hospital in Coos Bay which has 172 beds, for example. There is the casino and outlet malls I guess.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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You have just described why Lincoln City IS NOT a "retirement community".

I guess you could retire there, but why?
What is the attraction?

Google "Lincoln City real estate".
Not cheap.

No real hospitals.
Nothing really geared towards retirees.

Lincoln City is primarily a tourist town.

The one and only place I have ever heard of LC being described as a retirement community (desirable or not) is that one post above, with similar erroneous facts (more like unfounded opinions and stretched truths) about the north coast being posted before...
Life on the coast above Newport is not like life in Coos Bay or Florence.

I will concede that if you really wanted to retire there you could, but why?
Just because a few people DID decide to retire there does not make it a "desirable retirement community".

Not every town on the coast is a retirement haven.
When I think of a desirable coastal retirement community, I think of Florence and towns south like Brookings and Bandon...

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Old 08-30-2018, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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It's all in what you are looking for. If I were going to retire on the coast, I would pick Astoria. It's a shipping port. There is a working port and international flavor to the town, and it's not that far from Portland up 30. The hills make it easy to get out of the tsunami zone, and there are beautiful places along the Young's River not far out of town.

I think Lincoln City got a lot of votes because that's where Portlanders go to the beach. I always thought it was the most boring part of the coast, and would rather live near Beaver along the Nestucca to avoid the tourists.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:43 PM
 
Location: WA
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It's all in what you are looking for. If I were going to retire on the coast, I would pick Astoria. It's a shipping port. There is a working port and international flavor to the town, and it's not that far from Portland up 30. The hills make it easy to get out of the tsunami zone, and there are beautiful places along the Young's River not far out of town.

I think Lincoln City got a lot of votes because that's where Portlanders go to the beach. I always thought it was the most boring part of the coast, and would rather live near Beaver along the Nestucca to avoid the tourists.
Trouble with Astoria is that you are still 10 miles and up to 30 minutes (during summer traffic) to get to the beach. Plus it gets 85 inches of rain on average compared to say 59 inches for Bandon. If I lived in Astoria I doubt that I'd be getting out to the beach much on a daily or even weekly basis. At that point might as well live the valley with better weather and access to services.

The fact that there aren't any bigger cities along the Oregon coast probably tells us that there are no ideal places.

My two least favorite towns on the coast are Lincoln City and Rockaway Beach, mainly because they are just wide spots along 101 without much of interest other than traffic and tourist shops.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Friends of mine, two sisters who were raised on a cattle ranch in Eastern OR, lived in Eugene for awhile, then in Albany for decades are buying a home in a retirement community in Florence. They have everything there they need. The last place they ever considered was Lincoln City. That would be for a fun visit during the kite festivals only.

I don't know about jobs there or what it's like for young people.
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