Klamath Falls : Oregon

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What Klamath Falls is like for active adults

Klamath Falls is a beautiful town for retirement in south central Oregon, east of Medford and Ashland. The population is about 21,000 people. Nearby Upper Klamath Lake is the largest natural lake in the Pacific Northwest.  Crater Lake is about 30 miles to the north, it is the only National Park in Oregon. Klamath Falls is a great town for outdoor recreation and birding. Although great for outdoors, the town does not seem to be prospering as well as other towns in the state. Klamath Community College and the Oregon Institute of Technology are in town. Courthouse photo by Llywrch.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at top right). Average home prices have declined for the past few years, then increased to about $135,000 in 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community
Crater Lake is about 50 miles to the north.  Having 2 colleges, a National Park and many other tip-top natural attractions, and a regional hospital are pluses for Klamath Falls.
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What is not special about this retirement community
During WWII Japanese-Americans were quarantined in a camp near Klamath Falls. The economy does not seem to be doing so well with housing prices falling and crime rates higher than the national and Oregon averages.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who like small towns and the outdoors will find much to like in Klamath Falls. Its proximity to Crater Lake National Park is a big plus.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, the Sky Lakes Medical Center, and its 2 colleges are the backbone of the Klamath Falls economy. Lumber is also a significant employer.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Klamath Falls is in very southern Oregon near the California border, and east of Medford. The area is mountainous and many lakes and rivers dot the area.  Contrary to what many people think, much of Oregon is dry, and that includes Klamath Falls. it is about 10 degrees colder here in winter than in Medford. Klamath Falls averages less than 1" inch rain between June and Sept.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The outdoors takes center stage in Klamath Falls. 
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Crime
Crime rate is higher than average in KIamath Falls.
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Medical facilities
Sky Lakes Medical Center is a regional hospital  for a huge area of Oregon and northern California. This is a non-profit hospital with 176 beds.
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Transportation
Klamath Falls has a small airport with air taxi operations.  Amtrak serves Klamath Falls.
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Valuable Links
Guide to Southern Oregon retirement
Klamath Falls Wikipedia page
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Facts about KLAMATH FALLS
  • State: OR
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Lake,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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