Portland is No. 2 on CNN Money's Best Places to Retire List

No. 2 - Portland, OR Best if you're looking for: Big city

 

Median home price: $272,000

 

Top state income tax: 9.9%; no sales tax

 

Portland's biggest draws: A foodie's paradise; short drive to the beach and wine country.

 

Famous for its food and bike cultures, Portland is a thriving but manageable city that gives retirees easy access to just about anything.

 

To see a revolving door of art exhibits, performing arts, and festivals, look no further than downtown and the nearby Pearl District.

 

No need to leave the city for outdoor adventures; Portland has one of the largest urban forests in the country (wine country and beaches are just a short drive away). It's also home to several award-winning hospitals, including the Oregon Health & Sciences University, whose research center attracts experts and patients from around the country.