18 HONEST Pros and Cons of Living in Oregon (2022)

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Are you thinking about moving to Oregon? I’ve lived here for 20+ years and wanted to share the honest pros and cons of living in Oregon to make your decision a bit easier.

It seems that living in Oregon is high on everyone’s list these days. Did you know that Bend, Oregon is the second fastest growing city in America?

Oregon is best known for access to incredible scenery, ample recreational opportunities, great breweries and an easier way of life.

I’m confident that there’s an Oregon town to fit almost anyone’s needs. But is living in Oregon the right call for you?

Read on for the pros and cons of living in Oregon. Please keep in mind that this is my personal list based on firsthand experience, not everyone will feel the same way. 😉

With that said, let’s jump right in.

Moving to Oregon? Quick Stats

With a population of 4.2 million, Oregon is the 27th most populous state in the country, growing by 12% in the past 10 years.

Where are people living in Oregon? The most popular cities to live in Oregon are: Portland, Salem, Eugene, Gresham and Hillsboro. The larger cities tend to lean more liberal and the rural areas are conservative.

By and large, Oregon is considered a liberal state and hasn’t leaned red in a presidential election since 1988.

Pros of Living in Oregon

#1. The nature is unbelievable

One of my favorite things about living in Oregon is the epic natural scenery. The Pacific Northwest as a whole is known for attracting nature-enthusiasts in droves and it’s easy to see why.

From towering volcanic peaks to breathtaking beaches and vast deserts, Oregon has it all.

In fact, Oregon is home to the deepest lake in America (Crater Lake), the deepest river gorge in the country and is also home to the windsurfing capital of the world.

Needless to say, nature plays a big role in daily life while living in Oregon and it’s a huge draw for most folks moving to Oregon.

Depending on where you live in Oregon, you’re usually a mere two-hour drive from a desert, forest, mountains or the sea. It’s hard to beat that!

Want to know another interesting fact about Oregon? Oregon is home to the largest living organism on earth, the honey mushroom, which spans the equivalent of 1,350 soccer fields.

If you want to get a taste for the incredible scenery in Oregon, read: The 7 BREATHTAKING Wonders of Oregon (+4 More We Should Add ASAP).

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Oregon’s beauty is hard to describe with pictures and words, so here’s a quick video of some of the beauty in Bend, Oregon.

#2. There’s no sales tax

Oregon is one of 5 states in the country that doesn’t a have sales tax, which means anything you buy in a store will be sold to you tax-free.

In turn, this saves hundreds, if not thousands, a year on larger purchases like computers, jewelry, appliances, furniture and clothing.

However, it’s worth mentioning that even though you won’t pay sales tax while living in Oregon, you will be paying an income tax that is higher than the national average (we’ll cover that shortly).

#3. Oregon is home to award-winning wineries

One thing is certain about moving to Oregon, you’ll never be thirsty. In fact, Oregon is the 4th most wine producing state in the country.

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Home to 774 wineries, Oregon is known for having one of the best wine regions in the country. The two most notable are the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge.

Willamette Valley is the crown jewel of Oregon’s wine region, boasting more than 550 wineries and sitting at the same latitude as Burgundy’s wine region.

The region is best known for producing knock-out award-winning pinot noirs that can hold their own even in worldwide competitions.

Imagine sipping a chilled glass of Chardonnay during a warm summer evening (or robust glass of award winning red in fall) while overlooking rolling hills of healthy vines — the epitome of a life well lived!

My husband and I take complete advantage of Oregon’s romantic wine regions by visiting wineries during summer weekends with friends in tow — it’s one of personal favorite things about living in Oregon.

Further reading: 10 Relaxing Wineries in Hood River, Oregon

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#4. Cyclists rejoice!

With more than 350+ miles of bike lanes, Oregon is home to the most bike-friendly city in the country, Portland.

Year after year, Portland clocks in as one of the best cities for cyclists due to extensive biking trails and advanced bike infrastructure.

I can tell you from first hand experience that biking around Portland is enjoyable, safe and a great way to explore the town (this is coming from someone that scares easily!).

In fact, biking is so popular in Portland that on average 5.3% of residents commute to work by bike, far exceeding the national average of .5%.

Hop on the local BIKETOWN bikes and take a lovely ride along the Willamette River to see exactly why Portland is called Bridge City. And whatever you do, don’t miss an opportunity to bike across the Tilikum Crossing bridge!

Take your bike for a spin at Waterfront Park, which is especially beautiful in the spring, if you want proof, read: Local’s Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Portland.

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#5. You won’t need to pump your own gas

Actually, you can’t pump your own gas even if you wanted to because one of the first things you’ll quickly learn after moving to Oregon is that it’s illegal to pump your own gas in the state.

If you violate the law, you are subject to a $500 fine. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?

The law was first introduced in 1951 due to concerns of untrained staff handling flammable liquid. Oregon was not alone in having this law, most states had similar rules in the 1950’s.

Things have changed drastically since that time and pumping gas is no longer considered unsafe but Oregon (and New Jersey) have remained stubborn and still refuse to allow residents to pump gas.

Personally, I view this as a perk of living in Oregon, especially during the winter months. However, some folks (like my husband) view this as a disadvantage of living in Portland, and just downright bizarre.

To each their own, I guess. 😉

#6. It’s very easy to vote while living in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few US states that implemented mail-in-voting well before COVID.

As someone that lives in Oregon, I find it incredibly easy to vote from the comfort of home.

During election season, my husband and I spend a full day researching and discussing the ballots before casting them in. We do this on our comfortable couch with a cup of coffee in hand and music in the background.

We don’t need to wait in line for hours to partake in our civic duty. Voting is easy while living in Oregon and there’s no excuse not to do participate.

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Now, if only we can make election day a national holiday…

#7. Oregonians care about the environment

Oregonians take great pride in their love for the environment. Because of this, Oregon has one of the lowest carbon footprints in America.

Our effort to care for the planet is made evident in the way most people live their daily lives in Oregon.

We don’t litter, we take recycling and composting seriously, and we shop local whenever possible, as opposed to shopping at big chain retailers.

All this to say, Oregon is considered one of the greenest states in the country and is known for passing progressive legislature that combats the detrimental impacts of climate change.

As recently as March 2020, Oregon’s Governor signed an executive order (EO 20-04) directing agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 45% by 2035; and by 80% by 2050.

What’s more, the City of Portland recently passed a green tax that taxes large corporations and uses the revenue to fund energy efficiency initiatives in under-served communities. The first city in America to pass such an ambitious tax – hard not to like that!

So if you care about minimizing your impacts on the environment, you’ll find that living in Oregon will align well with your personal beliefs.

Fact: Oregon was the first state to introduce a bottle deposit.

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#8. Access to the (epic) Oregon coast

One of the best things about living in Oregon is having access to the striking Oregon coastline.

Oregon’s nearly 400-mile coastline is famous national-wide for good reason. The striking shoreline is lined with massive rock formations, the largest coastal sand dunes in America and a breathtaking view of the chilly Pacific Ocean.

But what makes the Oregon Coast so special? Well, for starters, every inch of the coastline is public property (and therefore freely accessible to everyone).

Thanks to the Oregon Beach Bill from 1967, it is unlawful for any entity to privatize any stretch of Oregon’s shoreline.

You can spend years exploring the coast and feel a calling to return, which is why this is one of the best things to do in Oregon, regardless of how often you visit.

My childhood is freckled with memories of summer at the Oregon coast, so I’m definitely biased. It took my husband a few visits to fall under the coast’s spell, but as soon as he discovered crabbing and clamming – he was hooked!

Further Reading: 12 Charming Oregon Coast Towns You Can’t Help But Love

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#9. The summer weather

Oregon has the best summer weather, with the exception of 2021.

Temperatures during the summer months average 80° and since humidity is nonexistent, it’s easy to take advantage of being outside.

The evenings cool down nicely, so ACs aren’t really needed in the larger cities. In fact, our northern sister, Seattle, is officially the least air conditioned city in the country.

Summers are so blissful that many of our friends refuse to move out of Oregon.

Another perk? Portland, Oregon is one of the least challenging cities in the country for folks that have severe allergies.

#10. The easy-going and hospitable culture

By and large, living in Oregon is easy because of the laid-back culture inherent to the state.

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People will give you a friendly hello when you pass by and some of the small towns are best known for their hospitality.

For example, my husband and I got a flat tire while camping in the Wallowas during the 4th of July. We popped on the spare and drove over to the local mechanic only to realize the don’t have the ability to fix our tire and the bigger auto shop is closed on Sundays, so we’d need to wait one day.

Since we had to be back at work by Monday, we mentioned that we wouldn’t be able to wait that long. You know what the mechanic did? He told us he gets off work at 5 and gave us his address.

He told us to swing by his place because he has spare tires and would be happy to help us get on our way. My husband and I contemplated his offer and realized we wouldn’t make it home in time if we lingered until 5pm, but we thanked him for his generous offer.

We have so many similar stories of a similar theme. I love living in Oregon because the people are kind.

Cons of Living in Oregon

#1. The housing market is insane

Oregon’s housing market has skyrocketed, especially in Portland. Over the past 10 years there has been a double-digit percentage increase in housing prices, making moving to Oregon a challenge for most folks looking to settle down long term.

The high cost of housing isn’t unique to Portland alone, Bend has also seen an unbelievable surge as has the Oregon coast.

The housing market in Oregon has reached a point where buying a home in is now unrealistic for most residents because of the competitive market and high price tag.

The median price of a home in Portland currently clocks in at $536,000 (an increase of 19.4% from last year alone). If helpful, the chart below shows the recent uptick in housing values and costs.

What’s worse, the housing market doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. So you may need to rent an apartment while living in Portland, which also doesn’t come cheap — the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Portland is $1,800.

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#2. Frankly, the weather sucks in the big cities

The weather will vary depending on where you live in Oregon but since most folks flock to one of the five most populated cities, you can expect heavy rainfall during six months of the year.

The rain can really get to you, but want to know the worst part? The forever-looming gray clouds taking residence above the city most of the fall, winter and spring months.

Long gray winters should be taken into consideration when researching whether moving to Oregon is right for you because it’s no joke.

It’s no wonder Oregonians are desperate to take advantage of the quickly-fleeting summer months. All the trails and parks are packed during the summer season!

The best way to combat Oregon’s dreary weather? This handy tool. I couldn’t live without it during the winter months.

#3. Oregon has a poor school system

With a high school graduation rate of 78.7%, Oregon has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation. In fact, only four other states rank worse than us.

Let’s get real — Oregon’s school system rarely ranks into the top 20 in the country, we’re more likely to be found in the bottom rank.

All this to say, if you’re moving to Oregon with the hopes of raising your children in a great school system then you may need to be prepared to shell out for private school.

#4. Reserved locals

After living in Oregon for so long, I want to be transparent about the biggest con of living here. Most residents are reserved, especially in big cities, and they’re not fans of Californian’s whatsoever.

I’ve heard far too many passive-aggressive remarks about how much Californian’s have negatively impacted living in Oregon because they’ve moved here in hoards and drove up the cost of housing.

Listen, we’re all trying to make a better life for ourselves and living in Oregon is appealing!

Yes, Californians are moving to Oregon. But so are people from other states. None of that seems to matter because disliking out of towners is fashionable at the moment, it seems. Which is unfortunate.

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Oregonians are frustrated by being outbid by folks that move from wealthier cities and buy homes with cash offers.

Heck, I’m a life-long Oregonian and I can’t even afford to buy a home here. If anyone should be angry, it’s me! But I understand that this is the natural order of things — a cool state gets discovered and people come. You have to roll with the punches, I guess.

#5. The overall cost of living in Oregon in high

There’s no way around this, living in Oregon comes with a hefty price tag, especially if you want to move to Portland. As mentioned earlier, housing is the biggest factor.

By and large, living in Portland is 17% more expensive than living in other US cities of similar size. Before moving to Oregon, check out this super handy calculator that determines cost of living in Oregon for your unique situation.

#6. Oregon has one of the highest state income taxes in the country

Since Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax, it’s easy to assume that moving to Oregon would equate to having more change in your pocket, but that is not the case.

In fact, moving to Oregon means moving to a state with the 4th highest state income tax in the country. Almost any other state you move to will have a smaller state income tax, and believe me, taxes add up quickly.

The state income tax ranges between 5% and a steep 9.9%, depending on your income bracket. Suffice it to say that living in Oregon won’t come cheap.

Overall, your take-home pay will take a substantial hit because of the nearly 10% income tax. Between the federal and income tax, I normally allocate 30% to taxes, which hurts.

Oregon income taxes go toward funding road infrastructure and education, but the joke in Washington is that Oregon should introduce a sales tax because the school system needs a boost.

#7. Oregon doesn’t have many sports teams

If you’re moving to Oregon in hopes of finding a new NFL or MLB team to adopt, you will find yourself wanting.

Oregon has an NBA team, the Portland Trailblazers (championship in 1977) and the Portland Timbers (championship in 2015), a soccer team known for their cult-like fan base.

Apart from that, we also have a major junior hockey team, the Portland Winterhawks, and the Portland Pickles, a Class A baseball team. But apart from that, you won’t find your need for a sports team met easily.

If you’re an avid sport fan that can’t live without football, you may find yourself driving north to Seattle for games and lively tailgating.

#8. The Big One is a constant thought

One thing you will learn quickly while living in Oregon is that Oregonians are constantly thinking about the Big One — a disastrous 8.0 earthquake expected to hit the state at any moment, guaranteed to wipe most of it out.

The Big One is anticipated to be the the worst natural disaster in our country’s history and the state is in no position to handle it.

If you’re into horrors, a New Yorker journalist outlined this entire event in great detail in this article.

So heads up! When you move to Oregon don’t be surprised when your friends and coworkers bring up the Big One in conversations, because it will happen on a weekly basis.

Life in Oregon (Post Summary)

In short, here are the honest pros and cons of living in Oregon state:

  1. The natural scenery
  2. No sales tax
  3. The wineries
  4. Bike friendly
  5. Don’t pump your own gas
  6. Voting made easy
  7. Care for the environment
  8. Access to the Oregon Coast
  9. Easy going vibe
  10. The summer weather
  11. The housing market
  12. The weather
  13. Poor school systems
  14. High cost of living
  15. Reserved locals
  16. Lack of sports teams
  17. High state income tax
  18. The Big One
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The diversity in landscape and the plethora of things to do make living in Oregon a true delight. I hope you found this list helpful.

Until next time,

Antonina

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FAQs

Is Oregon worth living in? ›

What is the best city in Oregon to live in? In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked Portland as the safest place to live in the country and the 8th for best places to live. It is also one of the environmentally greenest cities in the U.S. This is impressive since it is also the state's largest city.

Why do people want to live in Oregon? ›

Oregon is best known for access to incredible scenery, ample recreational opportunities, great breweries and an easier way of life. I'm confident that there's an Oregon town to fit almost anyone's needs.

Does Oregon tax Social Security? ›

Oregon doesn't tax your Social Security benefits. Any Social Security benefits included in your federal adjusted gross income (AGI) are subtracted on your Oregon return.

What is Oregon income tax rate? ›

Oregon has a graduated individual income tax, with rates ranging from 4.75 percent to 9.90 percent. There are also jurisdictions that collect local income taxes. Oregon has a 6.60 percent to 7.60 percent corporate income tax rate and levies a gross receipts tax.

What is the best part of Oregon to live in? ›

Eugene, Salem and Portland are among the best places to live in Oregon.

Is Oregon a tax friendly state for retirees? ›

Does Oregon tax retirement income? Oregon is moderately tax friendly. While the state does not tax Social Security benefits, it does tax other retirement income, like withdrawals from retirement accounts. Additionally, public and private pension income are partially taxed.

Are people in Oregon friendly? ›

24th Place: Oregon - Oregon is well known as a state where people are nice to strangers. Sure, the Portland hipster scene might take a while to break into, but they're nice – swear. It's also the most pet-friendly state in America, so your pooch will be welcome here too.

Is it cheaper to live in Colorado or Oregon? ›

The cost of living in Portland, OR is 4.6% higher than in Denver, CO. You would have to earn a salary of $62,749 to maintain your current standard of living. Employers in Portland, OR typically pay 2.7% more than employeers in Denver, CO.

Will Oregon pay you to move there? ›

Welcome to Ontario, where the Oregon Trail crosses the Snake River and enters Oregon from Idaho. The city is offering $10,000 cash toward your new home construction. Ontario is an agricultural community, producing onions, potatoes, beets and zinnias.

What is minimum wage in Oregon? ›

Oregon Minimum Wage for 2021, 2022. Oregon's state minimum wage rate is $13.50 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage.

What is the best thing about Oregon? ›

Beautiful scenery, amazing food, and adventures galore; Oregon is absolutely incredible for so many unique reasons. From natural wonders to charming small towns, here are 15 undeniable reasons Oregon is the best state. 15. There are hundreds of majestic waterfalls to explore.

Does it rain a lot in Oregon? ›

The average annual rainfall in Oregon varies from less than eight inches in drier Plateau Regions to as much as 200 inches at points long the upper west slopes of the coast Range.

At what age do you stop paying property taxes in Oregon? ›

Oregon Property Tax Exemption for People 65 Years of Age and Older Initiative (2020) The Oregon Property Tax Exemption for People 65 Years of Age and Older Initiative was no on the ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020.

What state is best financially to retire in? ›

Michigan ranks as the most affordable state to retire in 2022, according to a recent Bankrate analysis. This is due to a low cost of living and light tax burden for residents.
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Here are the seven most affordable states to retire, according to Bankrate:
  • Michigan.
  • Tennessee.
  • Missouri.
  • Mississippi.
  • Kentucky.
  • Oklahoma.
  • Georgia.
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Is property tax high in Oregon? ›

The effective property tax rate in Oregon is 0.90%, while the U.S. average currently stands at 1.07%.
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Overview of Oregon Taxes.
New York County$4,8131.925% of Assessed Home Value
New York$4,3001.720% of Assessed Home Value
National $2,7751.110% of Assessed Home Value

Does Oregon have sales tax on cars? ›

There is no sales tax on any vehicle purchased in Oregon.

If you are buying a car in another state, make sure the dealer fills out paperwork for Oregon residents so that you do not have to pay sales tax.

What state has no income tax? ›

Only eight states have no personal income tax:
  • Wyoming.
  • Washington.
  • Texas.
  • Tennessee.
  • South Dakota.
  • Nevada.
  • Florida.
  • Alaska.
7 Sept 2022

Is there sales tax in Oregon? ›

Oregon doesn't have a general sales or use/transaction tax.

What is the safest place to live in Oregon? ›

Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Oregon for 2022
  • Monmouth.
  • Lake Oswego.
  • Independence.
  • Milwaukie.
  • Lebanon.
  • Bend.
  • Silverton.
  • Keizer.
9 Mar 2022

What is the most affordable place to live in Oregon? ›

10 cheapest places to live in Oregon in 2022.
  • Coos Bay.
  • Woodburn.
  • Baker City.
  • Hermiston.
  • Dallas.
  • McMinnville.
  • Ontario.
  • Klamath Falls.
21 Jan 2022

What are winters like in Oregon? ›

Winter Weather

Temperatures range from daytime highs in the 50s, to low 40s. It will get below freezing several times and often into the 20s for a day or two. It rains a lot during these four months, but the temperatures are not extreme like in other interior states of the country. Let's talk snow.

What are the 3 states that don't tax retirement income? ›

States That Don't Tax Retirement Income

Those eight – Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming – don't tax wages, salaries, dividends, interest or any sort of income.

At what age is Social Security not taxable? ›

However once you are at full retirement age (between 65 and 67 years old, depending on your year of birth) your Social Security payments can no longer be withheld if, when combined with your other forms of income, they exceed the maximum threshold.

Why don t Oregonians use umbrellas? ›

So, while Oregonians think that their refusal of the umbrella is an expression of rugged individuality, the results say it may in fact be a pretty standard example of not wanting to try something they perceive as a hassle or embarrassing.

Is Washington or Oregon better to live in? ›

Washington and Oregon are both great places to live in, and they are very similar in climate, but it is up to you to decide where you want to live. Washington has a better public school system, but Oregon has a lower crime rate overall.

What is the most livable city in Oregon? ›

10 Best Places to Live in Oregon
  1. Portland. Population: 2,174,000. Median Household Income: $53,230. ...
  2. Eugene. Population: 168,302. ...
  3. Salem. Population: 169,259. ...
  4. Corvallis. Population: 58,028. ...
  5. Bend. Population: 93,917. ...
  6. Beaverton. Population: 97,861. ...
  7. Hillsboro. Population: 106,543. ...
  8. West Linn. Population: 27,373.
1 Jun 2022

What town in Oregon has the best weather? ›

The city of sunshine sits on the southern shore of Upper Klamath Lake, nestled in the Klamath Basin on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains and is said to have the best climate in Oregon. The historic Oregon Bank Building in Downtown Klamath Falls.

What is the warmest place in Oregon? ›

The hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere in Oregon is 119 degrees, a record set in Pendleton on Aug. 10, 1898.

What's the cheapest state in the US to live in? ›

1. Mississippi. Coming in as the cheapest state to live in in the United States is Mississippi with a cost of living index score of 83.3. It also has the lowest average housing costs in the nation at 33.7% below the national average.

Does Oregon get more snow than Colorado? ›

Colorado City averages 95.4 inches of snow per year. Oregon City averages 1.6 inches of snow per year. The US average is 27.8 inches of snow per year.

What city is halfway between Denver and Portland? ›

Halfway between Denver, CO and Portland, OR

The town that marks the exact halfway point is actually Tipton, Idaho. The closest zip code to the midpoint is 83342. The exact latitude and longitude coordinates are 42° 13' 59" N and 113° 5' 4" W. The closest major city that is roughly halfway is Boise, ID.

What state pays you $10000 to move there? ›

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Like Vermont, the city of Tulsa is looking to inject new life into their state with remote worker incentives. They offer a $10,000 relocation award. The payment is made over the course of a year and there are other eligibility requirements.

What states will pay you to move there 2022? ›

States that pay you to move there
  • Alaska. If moving closer to the great outdoors sounds appealing to you, nothing beats the rugged, beautiful landscape of Alaska. ...
  • Maine. Cash incentive? ...
  • Vermont. ...
  • West Virginia. ...
  • Arkansas – Northwest Arkansas.
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What do I need to do when moving to Oregon? ›

The checklist includes:
  1. Updating your address.
  2. Getting your Oregon driver's license.
  3. Registering your car.
  4. Getting a new car insurance policy for Oregon.
  5. Registering to vote.
  6. Getting health insurance.
  7. Getting the other insurance policies you may need.

What is the highest minimum wage in Oregon? ›

Minimum wages within the Portland Urban Growth Boundary remain the highest at $14.75. Near Oregon's other more populated areas, it's up to $13.50. Rural areas have an increase to $12.50.

What state has lowest minimum wage? ›

South Carolina. No state minimum wage law. Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

What is full time in Oregon? ›

Under Oregon law, a small business is defined as having 50 or fewer employees. A full-time employee (FTE), under the Employer Responsibility section of the federal Affordable Care Act, works 30 hours or more per week.

Why is rent so high in Oregon? ›

Nationally, and in Oregon, the population has grown and the number of vacant homes has decreased. “The consequence of that is that prices rise, because there's more competition for the units that are available,” said Lorelei Juntunen, president and CEO of ECONorthwest, a Portland-based consulting firm.

Why is the cost of living so high in Oregon? ›

Transportation costs are another factor that will drive up the cost of living in Oregon. In most areas, it is the fifth most expensive state in the country. The price for gasoline, car insurance and maintenance, and public transportation all average 7% higher than the rest of the country.

What is the best part of Oregon to live in? ›

Eugene, Salem and Portland are among the best places to live in Oregon.

Does Oregon get tornadoes? ›

Tornadoes in Umatilla County on May 6, 2022 uprooted trees, snapped off large branches, and tore the roof off a manufactured home and farm building.

Does Oregon have 4 seasons? ›

Oregon registers wide variation in temperatures across four seasons. Summer high temperatures average 64°F (17.8°C) to 68°F (20°C) in July on the west coast, while they range between 81°F (27.2°C) to 94°F (34.4°C) in the eastern portion of the state.

What is the best part of Oregon to live in? ›

Eugene, Salem and Portland are among the best places to live in Oregon.

What is minimum wage in Oregon? ›

Oregon Minimum Wage for 2021, 2022. Oregon's state minimum wage rate is $13.50 per hour. This is greater than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25. You are entitled to be paid the higher state minimum wage.

Is Oregon a retirement friendly state? ›

Oregon is a somewhat friendly state for retirees. While it does tax pension income, and doesn't allow deductions on income from retirement accounts, the state has no sales taxes, and retirees below a certain income threshold can claim a 9% credit on that income.

Is it cheaper to live in Oregon or Nevada? ›

Oregon is 2.6% cheaper than Nevada.

What is the safest place to live in Oregon? ›

Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Oregon for 2022
  • Monmouth.
  • Lake Oswego.
  • Independence.
  • Milwaukie.
  • Lebanon.
  • Bend.
  • Silverton.
  • Keizer.
9 Mar 2022

What is the highest minimum wage in Oregon? ›

Minimum wages within the Portland Urban Growth Boundary remain the highest at $14.75. Near Oregon's other more populated areas, it's up to $13.50. Rural areas have an increase to $12.50.

What state has lowest minimum wage? ›

South Carolina. No state minimum wage law. Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

What is full time in Oregon? ›

Under Oregon law, a small business is defined as having 50 or fewer employees. A full-time employee (FTE), under the Employer Responsibility section of the federal Affordable Care Act, works 30 hours or more per week.

At what age do you stop paying property taxes in Oregon? ›

Oregon Property Tax Exemption for People 65 Years of Age and Older Initiative (2020) The Oregon Property Tax Exemption for People 65 Years of Age and Older Initiative was no on the ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute on November 3, 2020.

What state is best financially to retire in? ›

Michigan ranks as the most affordable state to retire in 2022, according to a recent Bankrate analysis. This is due to a low cost of living and light tax burden for residents.
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Here are the seven most affordable states to retire, according to Bankrate:
  • Michigan.
  • Tennessee.
  • Missouri.
  • Mississippi.
  • Kentucky.
  • Oklahoma.
  • Georgia.
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What are winters like in Oregon? ›

Winter Weather

Temperatures range from daytime highs in the 50s, to low 40s. It will get below freezing several times and often into the 20s for a day or two. It rains a lot during these four months, but the temperatures are not extreme like in other interior states of the country. Let's talk snow.

Does Oregon have high taxes? ›

Oregon has the highest income tax burden for individual filers and Florida has the lowest, according to a report from FinanceBuzz.

Is it cheaper to live in Oregon or Arizona? ›

Arizona is 0.1% more expensive than Oregon.

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