Moving to Portland?
I’ve helped relocation buyers for over 15 years. And 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!
BREAKING NEWS — June 2015
America’s 6th Fastest Growing States. 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). In 2014, Oregon was also the top destination in the country for people to move to, according to a study by United Van Lines
Oregon is on the fastest-growing states list for a reason! It became the nation’s sixth best economy in 2014 with economic growth of 3.6%, according to the latest government data. Oregon’s GDP is nearly three times that of the U.S. economy.
A manufacturing resurgence is propelling Oregon forward. HavingNike (Tech30)’s production unit in its backyard has certainly helped. The state exports everything from computer processors to wheat.)’s headquarters and Intel ( ,
The Beaver state has consistently added jobs since the financial crises, especially in major industries like healthcare, manufacturing, services and hospitality. The state’s unemployment rate — 5.2% — is below the national average
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.
Here are my top 10 reasons to move to Portland in no particular order:
- Mt. Hood year round skiing The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
- Downtown Portland the charm of the city is apparent.
- 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.
- Suburbs Many people moving to Portland want to live in the ‘burbs. No problem there. Suburban Portland neighborhoods include: Northeast Portland | North Portland | Southeast Portland | Happy Valley| Westside Suburbs | Beaverton | Orenco Station | Hillsboro | Lake Oswego | Northwest Portland | Southwest Suburbs | Sherwood | Tigard | Tualatin | West Linn | Wilsonville |
- 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).
- Urban Trends . . . one Word: PORTLANDIA. Yup, put a BIRD ON IT! It’s exactly like that!
- 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 distinct seasons:
- Summers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with August, the warmest month, averaging 79.7 °F . We have a larger day-night variation than in winter, nightfall is 9:00PM during the peak of summer. Many people moving to Portland are amazed that A/C units aren’t found in every home.
- Winters in Portland are normally mild, but very moist. 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.
- 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! 😉
- 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.
- 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:
- CH2M Hill
- Legacy Health System
- Mentor Graphics
- Oregon Steel
- Precision Castparts
- Blount International
- Columbia Sportswear
- Cascade General
- Leatherman Tool
- City of Portland
- Providence Health & Services
- more . . .
The region added 88,000 jobs between 2002 and 2007, and is projected to add an additional 76,000 between 2009-2013.
Map of Portland
A Sampling of Homes for Sale in Portland
$630,000 : 5421 SW Alta Mira CIR, Portland3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$350,000 : 9517 SW 47th AVE, Portland3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$179,900 : 8055 SE Ogden ST, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$399,999 : 4420 SE 51st AVE, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
$624,900 : 8460 SW Birchwood RD, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
$340,000 : 21278 NW Cannes DR, Portland4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$1,200,000 : 2351 NW Westover RD ,Unit 513, Portland3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
$275,000 : 17119 SE Stephens ST, Portland4 beds, 2 full baths
$419,000 : 44 NE Russet ST, Portland2 beds, 2 full baths
$210,000 : 13948 NE Russell ST, Portland3 beds, 1 full bath
$242,777 : 132 N Hayden Bay DR ,Unit BldgC, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$399,950 : 9107 SW 9th PL, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
$799,000 : 3738 SE Carlton ST, Portland4 beds, 3 full baths
$500,000 : 12555 SE Crest WAY, Portland5 beds, 3 full baths
$264,500 : 9210 N Kellogg ST, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$425,000 : 215 SW Gaines ST, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$239,900 : 5235 SE 80th AVE, Portland3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$219,500 : 3762 SE 149th AVE, Portland2 beds, 1 full bath
$239,900 : 5225 SE 80th AVE, Portland3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$219,900 : 5215 SE 80th AVE, Portland2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$329,900 : 868 N Morgan ST, Portland4 beds, 2 full baths
$249,900 : 4873 NW Promenade TER ,Unit 223, Portland1 bed, 1 full, 1 part baths
$249,900 : 315 NW Uptown TER ,Unit 1B, Portland1 bed, 1 full bath
$230,000 : 4710 SE 63rd AVE, Portland3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$339,900 : 7131 N Columbia WAY, Portland3 beds, 2 full baths
See all Real estate in the city of Portland.
(all data current as of 7/5/2015)
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.
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