Redmond is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, east of Oregon’s Cascade Range. Its prime location and sunny weather have made it an enticing option for retirees. The city is home to a historical downtown, with plenty of shops and restaurants and a variety of outdoor attractions.
Climate and Geography
Redmond is located in Central Oregon which has a desert climate, with cool nights and sunny days. Summers are hot and humid, but short, while winters can be windy and freezing. Residents can expect less rain than the national average, and under 200 sunny days a year.
Built on the High Desert region in Oregon, Redmond is home to a variety of terrains, including the Cascade mountains to the west, valleys, large rivers, and lava caves. Due to the variety of terrains the High Desert has a variety of nature preserves and other natural areas to enjoy.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Redmond’s geography offers many outdoor attractions for residents to get outside, be active, and take advantage of the warm weather. These include, Smith Rock State Park, Tumalo Mountain, Maston Trailhead Site, Redmond Caves Recreation Area, and many more. These locations allow access to diverse recreational opportunities such as biking, fishing, hiking, camping, and golf.
Downtown Redmond has many antique malls and shops, as well as breweries, wineries, and distilleries. There’s no shortage of food either, with many local restaurants in the city residents have a variety of options.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Redmond is slightly higher than the national average, but less than the overall average for Oregon. This is due to Redmond’s housing cost which is above the U.S median.
Oregon does not tax Social Security benefits, but most other retirement income can be taxed at a person’s income tax rate. Homeowners 62 and older may receive some exemptions on property taxes based on certain income criteria. There is also no state sales tax for Oregon.
Oregon typically ranks among the upper percentile on Gallup’s Well-Being Index for the country.
There are three hospitals and medical centers within a 15 mile radius of Redmond. They are St. Charles Redmond Hospital, St. Charles Medical Center, and St. Charles Prineville Hospital. St. Charles Medical Center is rated high performing in six procedures and conditions, by U.S News.