Oregon is the most majestic and diverse landscapes in the United States marked by beaches, volcanos, deserts, and mountains. Oregon has a lot to offer from breathtaking coastlines, rugged cliffs, snowcapped mountains, lava canyons, dense forest, beautiful deserts, rose gardens, and bohemian communities. Oregon is one of the best places to explore United States natural wonders. Oregon is the 10th largest state, known as Beaver State and has the best state fair in the world.
Low Cost of Living
Oregon unemployment rate is 4.7%. The average salary is $58,000. Oregon is one of the five states that do not have sales tax. You do have to pay property tax and income tax. Oregon does have the highest income tax of 9.9%.
Housing costs are averaging around $445,000 to $540,000 for a median price for a home. Rent averages around $800 to $1700 for a one bedroom apartment. Willamette Valley has historic towns with farming lands. The five best places to live in Oregon are Corvallis, Portland, Bend/Richmond, Salem and Eugene. The most beautiful places to live are Ashland, Astoria, Baker City and Cottage Grove.
Oregon is a home for ones in love with technology. Silicon Forest is the long list of tech subsidiaries. U.S.Bank, Wells Fargo, Daimler Trucks North America, Columbia Sportswear Tillamook Creamery and Boeing are the main industries in Oregon. The state is a home for business professionals, hippies, sports fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts. Coffee is big business in Oregon and known for their specialty coffee The Willamette Valley has over 500 wineries including the top wineries of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. There are over 200 Beer breweries and pubs producing beer. Lumber is also a major producer in Oregon and agriculture is 13% of the states GDP.
Oregon’s weather has summers of up to 100 degrees to mild winters. The weather is not as rainy as you think it would be. Harsh winters happen within and east of the Cascade Mountains. Oregon does deal with natural disasters such as landslides, debris flows, floods, erosion earthquakes and tsunamis.
University of Oregon is in Eugene Oregon which is the famous college town with the town for the great city of Arts and Outdoors. Eugene is one of America’s top 10 colleges known for Music Scenes that rock and the Eugene symphony. They have venues like WOW Hall and McDonald Theatre. Major universities are Oregon State University, Reed College, Lewis and Clark and University of Portland.
Culture and Society
Oregon has the best state fair in the world. The fair is part bohemian and burlesque of which brings everyone together to immerse themselves in the Oregon unique lifestyle. Portland is known as Oregon’s largest city and third highest populated in the Pacific Northwest. Portland has fairs, festivals, entertainment and booming art scenes. Portland also has many crafted beer breweries. Farm markets and roadside stands are spread out the area with over 200 wineries among the hills. Crabs are known for the winter months and ate the perfect cuisine for Thanksgiving. Blueberries, huckleberries, and hazelnuts are popular in Oregon. Biking is very popular for transportation with innovative bike paths, clubs and communities that encourage riding bikes. Pumping gas is only for the attendants and not the drivers. Oregon is a green state of recycling and protecting nature. The state is also known to be vegan friendly. Outdoor enthusiasts love Oregon.
The Oregon coastline is 360 miles of unforgettable scenery from the sandy beaches to the rugged cliffs and the forestry’s in between. Sandboarding, Wake surfing, and Paddle boarding, wave and windsurfing are great for water activities on the coasts of Oregon. The famous beaches are Meyers Creek Beach, Harris Beach, Cape Arago Beach, Cannon Beach and Samuel H Boardman Secret Beach. Snow skiing, snowmobiling, and snowboarding are some of the ample activities you can enjoy the snowcapped Mountains. There are over 400 ice glaciers in Oregon. Highway 101 takes you down the entire coastline from Columbia River to the southern tip of California. Oregon is bike friendly and Portland is named as one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. You can horseback ride through the Wallowa’s. Hiking, camping, ATV riding, rafting and climbing are all highly recommended activities for the summer. The Multnomah Falls and Wathena Falls are gorgeous to hike and see. Wakeboarding, Paddle boarding, Water skiing and salmon fishing in Crater Lake is unbelievable. Rogue River has the most legendary white-water adventures. The Cascade Mountains is also known as the home Crater Lake National Park. The lake is housed in a volcano and is the deepest lake in the world. The Oregon coast destination you cannot miss are Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Cape Kiwanda, and Drift Creek Falls, Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Dunes, Heceta Head Lighthouse and the Natural bridges. You’ll never run out of things to do in Oregon and also enjoy the everlasting serene landscaping.