The US state of Oregon is located in the north western part of the USA, directly on the Pacific. Neighbors are Washington State to the north, Idaho and Nevada to the east. Then to the south is California. To the west is the Pacific Ocean.
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The US state of Oregon
Mount Hood in Oregon
Western and northern Oregon is one of the most fertile and agriculturally productive areas on earth. In western Oregon, rainfall is very high, but east of the Cascades the climate is rather dry.
A little over 3.8 million people live in the ninth largest state in the USA. Much of the population is concentrated in the Willamette Valley in the northwest of the state. Portland, Eugene and the capital Salem are also Oregon’s three largest cities. With an area of almost 255,000 km², Oregon is about the size of South American Ecuador and thus almost twice the size of Greece, which can have around 130,000 km² of land area.
Oregon is nicknamed Beaver State. In earlier times, the residents lived primarily from forestry, today Oregon’s economy is mainly shaped by the technology companies in the so-called Silicon Forest. But tourism also brings Oregon some income, many Americans spend their holidays here on the coast or in the interior of the country. The attractions worth seeing include the Crater Lake National Park, the crater lake of Mount Mazama is one of the most beautiful sights in the USA.
The region is also known for the delicious grape juices that are produced there by old vintners. A wine tasting at one of the many high-quality wineries is part of an impressive visit to Oregon. Also, like in few other states in the USA, there is no sales tax in Oregon. This attracts investors and entrepreneurs to the western state.
Largest cities in Oregon
The population of Oregon’s largest cities is from the 2010 census and has been rounded.
- Portland 584.000
- Eugene 156.000
- Salem* 155.000
- Gresham 106.000
- Hillsboro 92.000
Climate and weather conditions
In western Oregon it rains quite frequently and in large quantities in winter, but in the transitional periods in autumn and spring it is about the same as in Central Europe and in summer it can get very hot. In summer, the thermometer in eastern Oregon likes to climb to 30 degrees Celsius, in winter it can get quite cool in January, and the single-digit minus range is occasionally reached here at night.
It is naturally a bit wetter on the coast, so that the cold in winter can be felt quite unpleasantly, although the temperatures rarely fall below 8 degrees Celsius. In summer, on the other hand, it cools a little, making the hot days more bearable. The air temperature in summer can reach a very pleasant 23 degrees.
We would recommend the months from mid-May to mid-October as the best travel time due to the pleasant temperatures, but in spring and autumn you can also get hold of inexpensive accommodation, the climate in the western part is then about the same as in Ireland.
In general, it can also be said that Oregon extends over several climatic zones, so that the local climatic conditions can vary quite a bit from place to place.