Data shows Oregon may not be the greatest place to retire. Florida ranks higher because it offers a lot of sun. South Dakota ranks higher because it has a relatively modest cost of living, a low tax rate, safe streets and an above-average health care system.
The "Best and Worst Places to Retire in 2015," compiled by Bankrate, lists Oregon as the 10th worst roost for retirees. Here is what the report says:
"Oregon is one of the happier states in the country, and it's easy to see why. Residents of this Pacific Northwest state have the ocean, forest and craft beer at their fingertips. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which tracks community well-being around the country, gave Oregon an above-average rating for people who were retirement age.
"Unfortunately, Oregon can be tough on a lot of people who live on a fixed income. The state has the seventh-highest cost of living in the nation, according to retail statistics from the Council for Community and Economic Research. In Portland, for example, apartments charge more than double the national average rent at $2,196 per month, according to Council for Community and Economic Research's 2014 report. A trip to the doctor was 27.7 percent higher than average, and gasoline was 11.7 percent above the national average.
"Oregon also has high taxes. The Tax Foundation estimates its state and local tax burden at 10.1 percent, which is above the national average of 9.8 percent.
"And, the state received poor scores for its weather. Sunny days are rare in Portland, for example."
The bottom 10 places to retire includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, New Jersey and Alaska. It also includes Hawaii and New York. It may not be the kind of company Oregonians want to keep.
Bankrate says it based its ranking on publicly available data and gave more weight to some factors based on survey research to find out what mattered most to people considering a move in retirement. It notes that 60 percent of senior citizens express a desire to move when they retire.
"Consider our list a starting point in a conversation about where to find the perfect place," Bankrate says. "It'll show you the relevant statistics you ought to consider before making a decision."
It also cautions that the study doesn't take into account personal factors such as remaining close to family and friends, "even if that means moving to a low-ranking state."