Are you moving to Portland OR?
Not to be confused with moving to Portland Maine — This is an overview in consideration of moving to Portland Oregon.
BREAKING NEWS — June 2012 Study: Oregon No. 2 Fasest Growing Economy Oregon is one of the fastest growing economies in the Nation!
- GDP growth: 4.7 percent
- Real 2011 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 2011 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 offshoring 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
What’s the Weather in Portland?
Anyone moving to Portland will want to know about Portland weather. The beautiful Pacific NW is lush and green and that’s because God leaves the sprinklers on!
Current Weather in Portland
The Four Seasons of Portland
Portland experiences a temperate climate with mild, damp winters and relatively dry, warm summers. Like much of the Pacific Northwest, it falls within the cool, dry-summer also referred to as cool-summer Mediterranean, because of its relatively dry summers. If you’re moving to Portland, we have all 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. Because of its inland location and when there is an absence of a sea breeze, heatwaves occur (in particular during the months of July and August) with air temperatures sometimes rising over 100°F but 90°F is more commonplace. But heatwaves are rare, occurring, on average, about 14 days per year during the summer. 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.
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 – 2007, and is projected to add an additional 76,000 between 2009-2013.
Entertainment and Recreation in Portland
WOW – where do I begin? You’re moving to Portland and want to know what to do.
- For chidlren: The Saturday Academy, Oregon’s Children’s Theatre, OMSI, Oregon Zoo, THPRD (Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District) just for starters.
- For the chidlren in all of us: Hiking trails, biking trails, Farmer’s markets, Portland theatre companies (live theatre), wonderful restaurants, driving to the Oregon coast, skiing at Mt. Hood (one of the nation’s all-year skiing resorts) . . . oh the things you can do after moving to Portland.
- Sports teams: The Portland Trailblazers (NBA), Portland Timbers (MLS), Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Urban Planning in the Portland Area
Many people moving to Portland aren’t aware of the extensive planning that has gone on in year’s past, and continues to evolved. METRO is our premeire source of all things related to keeping the region green and pristine. Metro is an elected regional, local governmental body that has dedicated itself to the establishment and maintenance a the vibrant, sustainable region for business, residents and community.
If you’re moving to Portland with children of school age requires some due diligence on the areas school districts.
- Portland Public Schools
- Beaverton Public Schools
- Hillsboro Public Schools
- Tigard-Tualatin Public Schools
- Lake Oswego Public Schools
- Clackamas Public Schools
If you’re moving to Portland and would like information on the private schools in the area, please let me know. We have secular and non-secular private schools which are very highly rated. The Oregon Department of Education keeps a yearly “Report Card” for Districts throughout the State.
Moving to Portland . . . where do I begin?
Map of Portland
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Buyers Agent Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999. The brokerage only represents Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent. We assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to Portland in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers. I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:
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- Tigard homes for sale
- Hillsboro homes for sale
- Lake Oswego homes for sale
- Portland homes for sale
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