Nestled between Washington and California, Oregon (pronounced “Or-eh-gun”) is the tenth largest state in the U.S., has a population of 4.25 million, and is home to more than 45 accredited institutions of higher learning, about 20 of which are members of Study Oregon.
Our Pacific coastline, Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges, forests and farmlands, and cities and towns offer an abundance of settings that are welcoming and safe. In addition, many are nationally recognized examples of outstanding urban planning, committed to environmentally friendly practices, and are simply fantastic places to live.
Oregon also has a vibrant arts scene, open government, active citizenry, and award winning media that lend to its reputation for creative and innovative ideas. In addition, Oregon offers a number of great shopping venues; and Oregon, unlike most states in the U.S., does not charge a sales tax.
From hydro to solar to wind power, Oregonians have shown interest and commitment well ahead of other states, and thanks to the state’s unique natural resources, government policies, and cultural “ethos”, Oregon has become a world leader in these technologies.
Today, Oregon’s niche sectors include athletic footwear, creative services, design, organics, recreation equipment and apparel, open source technologies, and even breweries and bottlers, which have put Oregon on the map of “places to be” for their respective national and international communities of interest.
Source: Oregon Blue Book 2011-2012
Oregon also has an interesting place in U.S. history. In the mid-1800s, Oregon gained fame as the final point for explorers Lewis and Clark and their expedition, as well as for being a major western migration route known as the “Oregon Trail.” To this day, Oregon continues to be an admired destination for both visitors and residents alike.
An Extraordinary Environment
- Headquarters of large companies such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Daimler Trucks North America, Precision Castparts, and Stash Tea Company
- Home of the Portland Trail Blazers, Timbers, Thorns, and Winterhawks, our basketball, soccer, and hockey teams
- Popular for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, golfing, windsurfing, and running
- Plenty of shopping centers and outlet malls
- No sales tax!
Oregon can be described as having seven distinctive regions that represent diverse climates, cultures and recreational opportunities.
Nearly year-round, within a 1-3 hour drive, you can enjoy hiking, surfing, rafting and skiing with the appropriate attire, of course!