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Moving to Oregon

In addition to the metropolitan Portland area, Oregon is full of farmland, mountains and one of the most beautiful coastlines in North America.  About half the state is covered in forestland, making the state a hiker and camper paradise.  Outside of the Willamette valley the Oregon high desert offers breathtaking views and peace and quiet.  From the Wallowas to the Pacific Ocean and the Steens to Mount Hood, there is no doubt that Oregon is one of the most geographically diverse and magnificent places in America.  

Below you will find videos and facts about Oregon as well as some useful links if you’re considering moving here.

Oregon’s food and drink artisans are trendsetters and taste makers. There are literally hundreds of craft beer breweries and 17 different wine regions throughout the state.  Oregon is a mecca for quirky, niche culinary experiences like handcrafted sea salt, ice cream, cheese,  and hipster doughnuts. The New York Times Magazine refers to Oregon as an “ever-expanding culinary utopia.”

Oregon’s economy has been going full-throttle in recent years, with huge increases in high tech, outdoor/sports apparel and health care.  Portland has long been ahead of the curve in terms of attracting talent and creativity.  Word has been spreading about Oregon’s awe-inspiring outdoors, thriving food, drink and culture scene.  There is no surprise that it continues to top the list of most moved to states year after year.  

  • The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.

  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.

  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.

  • Portland is an example of outstanding urban planning. The city is known as The City of Roses.

  • The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States.

  • Portland’s name was decided with a coin toss to decide whether to name the place after Portland, Maine or Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Oregon is 1 of only 4 states that does not have a sales tax.

  • Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. Within its city limits, Portland has more than 60 breweries.

  • Oregon is home to the most ghost towns in the nation.

  • There are 9 lighthouses standing along the Oregon coastline. The nation’s most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse

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