Best Places to Live in Oregon

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What you need to know about Oregon

Oregon’s landscape ranges from the windswept Pacific coastline to the Cascade Mountains. Between dense evergreen forests are unique cities where individuality and creative expression are celebrated. Eugene, Salem and Portland are among the best places to live in Oregon. Home to Nike’s world headquarters as well as Harry and David and Graphic Arts Center Publishing, Oregon’s economy revolves around technology, tourism and agriculture. The University of Oregon and Oregon State University are the state’s top colleges.

Population

3,900,343
Up by 4%
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Why Gresham, OR is a Great Place to Live
Located just east of Portland, Gresham offers all the amenities of a big city, while retaining its small-town charm.
Why Bend, OR is a Best Place to Live 2015
The jewel of central Oregon has year-round amenities that are the envy of much larger metropolitan areas

Housing

Homes Owned 62%
62% Complete
Homes Rented 38%
38% Complete

Median Home Price

$234,100
Higher than the national average
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Citizen involvement, commitment to green living and near-perfect location make this university town a standout

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Featured Cities

Why Salem, Oregon is a Top 100 Best Place to Live 2015
Salem, Ore., ranked on our 2015 list due to its amenities, education options, and access to quality and affordable health care.
Why Eugene, OR is a Top 100 Best Place to Live
The University of Oregon and a year-round climate attracts residents who eagerly participate in community-improvement projects.
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Eugene is best known for its outdoor activities and natural setting, the University of Oregon, and eclectic shopping and local businesses.

Median Household Income

$50,521
Lower than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 30%
30% Complete
Graduated High School 90%
90% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

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