Brookings : Oregon

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What it's Like to Retire in Brookings

Located at the foot of the Klamath mountains on the southern Oregon coast, Brookings is a small outdoorsy town.Once a logging community, Brookings is a now cute seaside town with over fifteen miles of pristine beaches and unusually warm weather year round. Wet and mild winters makes this town incredibly lush; palm trees and bright gardens dominate a lovely color palette here.
Photo of Brookings Harbor courtesy of Cacophony and Wikipedia.

Where to Retire in Brookings and Home Prices

Real estate opportunities range from right on the coast to cozier homes inland.
Median sale price was $326,000 in late 2013, according to


What is special about Brookings

Brookings has an average cost of living, beautiful wildlife, and lots of great outdoor recreation opportunities, from fishing to kayaking to backpacking.

What is not special about Brookings

Brookings is relatively isolated community, as well as plagued with wet and grey winters.

Who will like retirement in Brookings

Those who like the seaside and wish to live somewhere lush and green love it in Brookings.

Local economy is driven by

Retail, Public Administration


Climate and Physical Environment

Winters are wet and wild, while summers are balmy and warm.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Every other Saturday, ten art galleries provide free food and music as they showcase new pieces. Festivals and yard sales are frequent here, including the Harbor Festival of the Arts.


Crime here is virtually non-existent.

Medical facilities

There is no hospital within Brookings, but there is a facility about twenty miles away that meets average standards.


There is a dial-and-ride program with a fare of $4 (though it is cut in half for those over sixty); Brookings is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.


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Brookings on Wikipedia

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Facts about BROOKINGS
  • State: OR
  • Environment: Mountain,Coastal,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide:

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