Getting to know Oregon
Oregon (OR), nicknamed the Beaver State, was the 33rd state in the U.S., becoming a state on February 14, 1859. The capital of Oregon is Salem, and the largest city is Portland.
When moving to Oregon, you’ll find it’s situated wonderfully, bordered by California, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, and the Pacific Ocean. Oregon is an outdoor mecca with rivers, lakes (Upper Klamath Lake, Crater Lake), mountains (Mt. Hood, the volcano-studded Cascade Range), and the ocean. Crater Lake National Park is Oregon's national park, but there are several National Monuments.
Oregon's climate is generally mild, so you won’t need to take the temperature into account when you move. The state has an oceanic climate west of the Cascade mountain range. The climate varies with dense evergreen mixed forests spreading across much of the west, and a high desert sprawling to the east. The southwestern portion of the state, particularly the Rogue Valley, has a Mediterranean climate with drier and sunnier winters and hotter summers, similar to Northern California.
Why move to Oregon?
Major industry in the state includes timber, paper products, farming (wheat, cattle), mining (coal), computer equipment, and electronics. Oregon is also one of four major world hazelnut growing regions, and produces 95% of the domestic hazelnuts in the United States.
Interested in exploring the job market before you move? High technology industries located in Silicon Forest have been a major employer since the 1970s. Tektronix was the largest private employer in Oregon until the late 1980s. Intel's creation and expansion of several facilities in eastern Washington County continued the growth that Tektronix had started. Intel, the state's largest for-profit private employer, operates four large facilities, with Ronler Acres, Jones Farm and Hawthorn Farm all located in Hillsboro. The spinoffs and startups that were produced by these two companies led to the establishment in that area of the so-called Silicon Forest.
Oregon is also the home of large corporations in other industries. The world headquarters of Nike are located near Beaverton. Adidas is in Portland. Medford is home to Harry and David. Portland is home to one of the West's largest trade book publishing houses, Graphic Arts Center Publishing, and to Mentor Graphics Corporation. Oregon is home to many breweries and Portland has the largest number of breweries of any city in the world.
And to become familiar with the sports teams of Oregon before you move, this state is home to three major professional sports teams: the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, the Portland Thorns of the NWSL and the Portland Timbers of MLS.