Lincoln City, Oregon

Best Places to Retire in Oregon


Lincoln City (full-time population 7,500) is located on the Pacific Ocean, 55 miles west from the capital city of Salem, and about 90 miles southwest of Portland. Its seven miles of broad sandy ocean beaches, great natural beauty and magnificent sunsets attract a summertime population that reaches over 45,000. The city is at 11 feet above sea level, nestled between the ocean and scenic 680-acre Devil’s Lake. The population of Lincoln County is 68,000. 

The central coast abounds with beautiful scenery and a great variety of wildlife including black-tail deer, elk, bears, coyotes, and even mountain lions and bobcats, although they are rarely seen. There are also weasels, badgers, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. Many of the streams host beaver, muskrat, nutria and otters. Devil’s Lake attracts a variety of waterfowl including egrets, geese, and wood ducks. Siletz Bay, which is at the southern part of the city, has populations of herons, seagulls and other birds, as well as seals. And every spring and fall thousands of people flock to the coast to watch the migrating Pacific Gray Whales.

Lincoln City is a very popular tourist destination and not surprisingly, the beach and water activities are a big draw. At the same time tourism has created and supports a great number of activities and amenities for the local residents. There are a good number of fine restaurants, ranging from casual family fare, to fine dining and restaurants with magnificent ocean views.

There is also a great deal of shopping, including a Tanger Outlet Center with 65 stores, specialty stores with antiques, fine jewelry, clothing books, art galleries, gift shops, and more. The city has become well known for its “No sales tax shopping sprees.”

There are a great many choices for outdoor activities and adventures, including the beaches, biking, hiking, hunting, whale watching, or fishing in the ocean, the rivers, bay or lake. You can catch shellfish, including Dungeness crabs, clams, or mussels. You can go bird watching, or play golf on one of the many courses in the area, and there is interesting auto touring in every direction. Lincoln City also has a dozen parks with a great many facilities that include boat launch areas, picnic facilities, trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and beach access.

When you sum up all that Lincoln City has to offer, it is no surprise that in addition to its thriving tourism business, it is attracting a great many retirees.

Arts & Culture

Theatre West is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre. 

North Lincoln County Historical Museum is dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of North Lincoln County history.

Connie Hansen Garden was created by this well-loved horticulturalist. It has been visited by thousands of people from around the globe and featured in a number of prominent garden magazines. 

Driftwood Public Library was established when Lincoln City was formed from five small communities in 1965.

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There are a great many outdoor recreation and sporting options in the area, including fishing (off-shore fishing, surf fishing in inland rivers, lakes or bays), golf, boating, canoeing, sailing, hiking, biking, birding, and much more.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort is the state’s premier casino, operated by the Tribes of the Siletz Indians. It has more than 1,200 slot machines, keno, bingo, craps, roulette, blackjack and poker. It also offers a 1,300-seat show venue with headline entertainment monthly.


Oregon Coast Community College, founded in 1987, offers a wide variety of programs that lead to both certifications and Associate’s degrees. It serves over 3,000 students annually. 

Senior Programs

Lincoln City Community Center also houses the Senior Center and meal site center. (541) 994-2131. Hospitals Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is a small community hospital with 24-hour emergency services. Two hundred eighty-two specialists trained in their particular field are employed at the hospital, including radiology technicians, physical therapists, nutrition consultants and other health care professionals. More than 23 physicians have privileges. 


Portland International Airport (90 miles, just under 2 hours). Shuttle service is available.


Lincoln City has an average winter temperature of 50 degrees, dropping into the 30″s at night. Summer temperatures average 60 to 70 on the beaches and from 80 to 90 degrees inland.


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Salishan Beach – 8.5 miles
Lincoln Beach – 8.5 miles
Pacific City – 22 miles
Grand Ronde – 26 miles
Newport – 24 miles
Salem – 57 miles
Portland – 104 miles
Eugene – 124 miles
Ashland – 300 miles

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