Active adults looking for a place to retire where the outdoors is important should consider Bend, Oregon. Located on the Deschutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascades, the area offers great scenic beauty, skiing, mountains, golf, fishing, and more. Word about how nice this city is has gotten out: the population was just over 77,000 in 2010, an increase of over 48% from 2000. Bend makes just about every list of “best retirement communities”. The town is located in Deschutes County in the center of the state. Bend’s economy is strong thanks to tourism and its popularity as a community for active adults. There are 2 colleges in Bend, Central Oregon Community College and the Oregon State University - Cascades Campus. La Pine is a neighboring town of about 6,000 that could be a lower key alternative to Bend. Photo of Drake Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Jondroot.