10 Reasons to Move to Portland

Planning a Move to Portland?

In the year 1990 I relocated to Portland OR from the Los Angeles area with my, then, 3-year old son. For us, it was a great move to Portland and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Since my move to Portland in 1990, I’ve gotten so used to living here and I LOVE IT!

Downtown Portland My Favorite

The Downtown Portland area is one of my favorites — so quaint and reminds me of the wonderful ways my move to Portland has benefited me.

BREAKING NEWSJune 2013 Study: Oregon No. 2 Fastest Growing Economy Oregon is one of the fastest growing economies

  • GDP growth: 4.7 percent
  • Real 2012 GDP: $186.228 billion (25th highest)
  • Population change: +0.87 percent (16th highest)
  • Pct. increase in employment: 1.0 percent (tied-21st highest)

Oregon’s GDP growth between 2010 and 2011 was nearly three times that of the U.S. economy. The state’s durable goods manufacturing industry was the second-fastest growing sector in the nation in 2012 at a rate of 3.94 percent, almost 20 percent of Oregon’s economic growth. High-tech companies such as Intel Corp. which employs about 16,300 in Portland, dominate the durable goods manufacturing industry. This can be attributed to a reverse off-shoring trend that is occurring partially as a result of defects, delays and theft in overseas supply chain locations. Study: Oregon No. 2 Fasest Growing Economy

Here are my top 10 reasons to move to Portland in no particular order:

  1. Silicon Forest Surrounding Portland are many major high-tech employers. Many employees move to Portland due to job relocation. With over 25 major high-tech companies including Intel, Tektronics, IBM, Mentor Graphics, Nike (world headquarters and several campuses within Washington County) and the countless smaller and/or independent companies that thrive in the Silicon Forest. There is no doubt that the drawing card to many folks considering a move to Portland is the lush, green Silicon Forest.Intel Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of semiconductors (an essential component of most consumer electronics), is Oregon’s top private employer with a work force of approximately 18,500 in 2011.
  2. Mt. Hood year round skiing The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
  3. Downtown Portland the charm of the city is apparent.
  4. Suburbs Many people moving to Portland want to live in the ‘burbs. No problem there. Suburbane Portland neighborhoods includes Eastside Portland| Clackamas and Happy Valley| Westside Suburbs | Beaverton | Orenco Station | Hillsboro | Lake Oswego | Northwest Portland | Southwest Suburbs | Sherwood | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville|
  5. Schools — great public and private educational institutions throughout Portland Metro. From early education with Montessori Schools for the darling pre-kindergarten group all the way up to post doctoral and advanced degrees at OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University).
  6. Weather Want to know what the weather in Portland is like here you go. YES it rains here and as everyone says, “It keeps us lush and green.” But we have the four seasons: Summers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with August, the warmest month, averaging 79.7 °F and much larger day-night variation than in winter. Many people moving to Portland are amazed that A/C units aren’t found in every home. Winters in Portland are normally mild, and very moist, with January averaging 39.9 °F. Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall occurs no more than a few times per year, although the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms because of the cold air outflow from the Columbia River Gorge, and Arctic blasts from Alaska. Springs in Portland can bring rather unpredictable weather, resulting from warm spells, to thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range. The rainfall averages an equivalent 37.5 inch per year in downtown Portland spread over 155 days a year. Fall in Portland is Spring in reverse. October being a month of Indian Summers, then heading into November, the weather cools.
  7. Urban Trends
  8. No Sales Tax yes that’s correct. The State of Oregon does not have a sales tax. If you purchase something for $4.95 and hand a $5.00 bill to the clerk, you will get a Nickelback! 😉
  9. Affordable Real Estate ~ the Portland Metro area has some very affordable prices on housing. Compared to our West Coast neighbors of San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and parts in between, for a metropolitan real estate market we’re very reasonable.
  10. Green Living

Oregon is also nurturing more clean tech green construction, ocean energy and nanotechnology. The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute has helped 22 nanotech start-ups raise $96 million. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust aims to make the state a clean energy leader, eventually generating 500 megawatts of electricity and thousands of jobs with technology to harness the ocean’s wave power. ~ By The Kiplinger Washington Letter

The Major Employers in Portland

Most people who are moving to Portland relocate here due to job transfers or other employment opportunities. Here is a few of the major employers in the area, in no particular order:

The region added 88,000 jobs between 2002 and 2007, and is projected to add an additional 76,000 between 2009-2013.

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A Sampling of Homes for Sale in Portland

  1. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,569 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 86
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  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,248 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Walk Score®: 66
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  3. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,051 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
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  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,220 sq ft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 1
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  5. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,768 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 1
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  6. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,204 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 1
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  7. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 2,319 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1912
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  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,181 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1922
    Parking spots: 2
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  9. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,119 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,761 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 1
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  10. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,738 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 63
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  11. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,806 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Parking spots: 2
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  12. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,020 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 1
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  13. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,535 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1911
    Walk Score®: 49
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  14. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,369 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Parking spots: 2
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  15. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 876 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Parking spots: 1
    Walk Score®: 65
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  16. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,667 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
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  17. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,940 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 3
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  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,558 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1910
    Parking spots: 1
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  19. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,687 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Parking spots: 2
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  20. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,534 sqft
    Year built: 1909
    Parking spots: 2
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  21. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,326 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 1936
    Parking spots: 1
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  22. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Parking spots: 2
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  23. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,536 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 2
    Walk Score®: 22
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  24. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 735 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
    Parking spots: 1
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  25. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,472 sq ft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 1
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(all data current as of 5/27/2015)

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