Hood River : Oregon


What It Is Like to Retire in Hood River

If you are looking for a retirement community and you are also an outdoors person, Hood River, Oregon might be the ideal place for you. Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is also one of the world's premiere wind surfing spots due to the high winds generated by the gorge and its 4,000-foot cliffs. The Lewis and Clark Trail, Multnomah Falls, and Mount Hood appeal to other outdoor adventurers. Other local attractions for active adults 55 plus include visiting orchards and vineyards. The population is just over 5,800, although over 20,000 people live in the area.

The Hood River economy is strong thanks to tourism and the popularity of Oregon’s climate and atmosphere. Tourism  also provides some seasonal jobs for retirees who are interested. There are many nice outdoor shops and good restaurants in the downtown. Hood River is located in Hood River County. The city of Portland is about 60 miles away. Photo of A sailboat downstream of the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River to Washington, courtesy of Wikipedia and Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives.


Where to Retire in Hood River and Home Prices

Housing choices as you get away from the river often have stunning views. Architecture tends to the Victorians and Craftsmens. There do not appear to be many apartments or developments for active adults. According to Zillow,  the median listing price was $625,943 in early 2022. The hottest properties are those with river views and walkable to town. Property taxes are assessed at $16 per $1000 assessed value. Oregon has a law that restricts or compresses the amount of property taxes that can be paid.


What Is Special about Hood River

• Wonderful scenic and recreational activities • Views of Mount Hood  • Wind surfing capital of the world • Blossom Festival • Harvest Fest • Charming downtown by the river • The International Museum of Carousel Art • Oregon Cascades Birding Trail • Farmers Market • NY Times article on Hood River

What Is Not Special about Hood River

Not for those looking for an urban environment. Hood River is a bit seasonal.

Who Will Like Retirement in Hood River

Active adults will like living here because of its beautiful natural surroundings and a vital and prosperous downtown. There is a strong economic base with ample opportunities for work. Baby boomers who especially enjoy outdoor living will love it here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, education

Climate and Physical Environment

Hood River is located at the confluence of Hood and Columbia rivers and 30 miles north of Mt. Hood. The terrain is hilly as you leave the river and rises to major mountains such as Mount Hood and Mt. Saint Helens


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several museums in the area, including the International Museum of Carousel Art and a Historical Museum. The Columbia Center for the Arts presents plays and other cultural events. The community has a number of festivals and other events through the year to make for a lively scene.


Crime in Hood River is lower than the national average.


Medical Facilities

The Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is here


Portland International Airport is 74 miles away. There is a bus station.

Valuable Links

Town of Hood River

Hood River Chamber of Commerce


What people are saying about Hood River

Article in NY TImes about Hood River
Check out the article about Hood River [urlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/greathomesanddestinations/10Havens.html in the NY Times. Sounds like a cool place.
Posted by Boomer1 on April 10, 2009

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