Less than 20 minutes from downtown Portland in Western Oregon, Wilsonville is popular among retirees for its convenient location and number of natural parks. Active adults can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational activities, as well as a number of local bars and restaurants, while being just a short drive away from vibrant city life.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Wilsonville is categorized as temperate oceanic. The weather ranges from mild to warm, with winter lows in the high 30s and summer highs in the low 80s. The city receives more rainfall than average and much less snowfall, averaging just 2 inches each year. The rainiest months in Wilsonville are November through January.
Wilsonville is situated on low-lying land, west of the Cascade Mountain Range in western Oregon. The city is southwest of Portland, and Willamette River and Boeckman Creek flow through Wilsonville.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Located along the Willamette River, Memorial Park is a popular destination for locals to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Active adults in Wilsonville visit Memorial Park to go boating, walk along trails, play tennis, or enjoy the community garden. Graham Oaks Nature Park offers additional trails and is a well-known spot for bird watching. The city also offers a seasonal farmers market where locals can pick up fresh produce.
Aside from outdoor activities, Wilsonville offers plenty more for retirees to explore in the city. Carabella Vineyard offers seasonal tours and tastings to locals. The World of Speed Motorsports Museum features a number of exhibits that visitors can explore at their leisure. In addition, Wilsonville offers plenty of places to eat and drink.
Active adults seeking more extensive shopping and entertainment options can visit downtown Portland, located less than 20 minutes away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Wilsonville is higher than the national average. This is mainly due to the higher cost of homes and housing in Wilsonville, although transportation and grocery costs are above average as well. Health care and utility costs in Wilsonville are lower than the national average.
Oregon does not tax Social Security benefits or sales. Income tax can range from 5 percent to 9.9 percent, and localities are allowed to levy additional tax. Property taxes in Oregon are higher than average.
The Portland Area ranks in the top 64 communities to live on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, which is rated high performing in three procedures and conditions according to U.S. News, is located in nearby Tualatin. OHSU Hospital, located in Portland, is ranked the No. 1 hospital in the state by U.S. News. The hospital is nationally ranked in six specialties, and high performing in four specialties and eight procedures and conditions.