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What Ashland is like for active adults

Ashland is a small town of just under 22,000 in very southern Oregon, about 15 miles north of the California border. The town is a cultural mecca, hosting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as Southern Oregon University and its 5000 students. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the largest and most successful festivals in the world, attracting as many as 400,000 visitors over its 9 month duration. Following up on that theme many of the shops in town have an Elizabethan theme. There are many interesting shops and bed & breakfasts which cater to the Shakespeare Festival and other cultural events.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There is at least one very successful active adult community in the area (see link at right).  Homes are on the expensive side, averaging about $370,000 in late 2014, according to  

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What is special about this retirement community

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its 400,000 visitors is the biggest thing in Ashland.  The University of Southern Oregon. There are many other festivals and theatres. Lithia Park is a 100 acre park that was designed by John McClaren, designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Ashland's location in the Rogue Valley is another plus. CNN/Money rated Ashland #16 on its list of the Best 25 Places to Retire.  Ashland is a very walkable town.

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What is not special about this retirement community
It is a very long drive to a major city. Fortunately, there is a lot going on in Ashland.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Culture buffs love it in Ashland, where there is always something new to see.
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Local economy is driven by
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, and tourism are major employers in Ashland.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Ashland is located in the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains. It is 15 miles north of the California border and more than 250 miles from Portland. The average July high is 87 degrees and the average January low is 29. November is the wettest month with just under 3" of rain.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Ashland is an unusually great city for culture. In addition to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its 780 performances there is the Independent Films Festival, the New Plays Festival, and the Oregon Stageworks theatre company.  The Ashland City Band is the oldest continually running city band in the country.
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The crime rate is quite low.
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Medical facilities
Ashland Community Hospital.
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Rogue Valley Transportation District provides bus transportation. Bear Creek Greenway is a bike/walking trail that runs for 19 miles through neighboring towns. There is bus transportation to the Amtrak station in Klamath Falls.
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Valuable Links
Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Oregon retirement guide
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Facts about ASHLAND
  • State: OR
  • Environment: College Town,Cultural Center,
  • 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): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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