Old-School Portland is Still Here, It’s Just Covered Under a Layer of Fat!

When I Moved To Portland In 1994 It Truly Was A Place That Truly Was Where Young People Went To Retire. You Would Go Out To Breakfast And Then Seemingly See The Exact Same People At Dinner The Next Night. It Was Much More Intimate Feeling, And There Was Virtually No Traffic. Despite The Doom And Gloom That Has Been Cast Over Portland, Oregon, I Am Here To Tell You That Old-School Oregon Is Still Alive And Well… It Has Just Been Obscured By Some Chaos And The New (Mostly Happy) New Citizens Of Portland. The Average Sales Price For A 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Home In Portland Is Approximately $529,000, Which, The Last Time I Checked Is Still Not Ridiculously Excessive For A Cultural, Foodie, And General Lower Cost Of Living City, Compared To Seattle, WA And, Of Course, Anywhere In California.

Also, Oregon, and Portland in particular, are known to be more liberal and experimental – such as when small amounts of any drug were de-criminalized. That legislation caused and is causing a drug problem in downtown Portland. However, the homelessness crisis is due to more than that… the lack of mental health services, affordable housing, health care and occupational assistance for instance. However, being in a city that strives to find solutions for large societal problems is exciting, if not always successful. There are many reasons to love this city. Hypothetically, you can ski on Mount Hood and surf in the Pacific ocean on the same day.

Are you aware of Portland, Oregon’s growth boundary?

In 1973, Oregon Governor Tom McCall successfully convinced the state legislature to implement the nation’s first comprehensive land use planning laws. By joining forces with farmers and environmentalists, McCall was able to persuade lawmakers that the state’s natural beauty and access to nature would be threatened by unchecked urban sprawl. Consequently, on May 29, 1973, Senate Bill 100 was signed into law, establishing the Land Conservation and Development Commission and the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

The legislation outlined several state land use goals, including the establishment of urban growth boundaries, the responsible utilization of urban land, and the protection of natural resources. To comply with the requirements set forth in SB 100, the Columbia Region Association of Governments, which later became Metro, proposed an urban growth boundary for the Portland region in 1977. This boundary had to account for the growth projections and plans of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, as well as numerous cities and special service districts.

Upon its establishment in 1978, Metro inherited the responsibility of managing the urban growth boundary for the Portland metropolitan area, as granted by the Oregon Legislature.

Land designated for future residential development within the specified boundary. Which means, NO Sprawl!!

So although Portland, Oregon has sustained some black eye’s in the past few years, that does not mean it is not incredible to live here and has opportunities to live in a west coast city at an affordable cost of living. So with all that said,

According to U-Haul’s annual “growth index” data, the state of Oregon has experienced a significant decline in the number of people making one-way trips to the state. In fact, the number of U-Haul customers arriving in Oregon fell by 11% in 2023, causing the state to plummet further down the company’s annual “growth” ranking list than any other state in the U.S. last year.

While the number of U-Haul customers arriving in Oregon sank, the number of people leaving the state also dropped as the local moving market slowed. U-Haul reported that overall, they saw .2% more customers leave the state than arrive in 2023. This trend of stagnation in the state’s moving market has caused concern among analysts, as it suggests that Oregon may not be as attractive a destination for new residents as it once was.

U-Haul’s annual “growth index” data is compiled by comparing the net gains of one-way U-Haul trucks, trailers, and box containers arriving or leaving a state during a calendar year. In the case of Oregon, the state dropped a staggering 15 spots on the U-Haul Growth Index in 2023, falling from 22nd to 37th in the rankings. This sharp decline in the state’s rankings has raised questions about the underlying factors that may be contributing to this trend.

According to U-Haul, the top five growth states are currently Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These states have seen a significant influx of new residents in recent years, driven by a combination of factors such as a strong job market, favorable climate, and affordable cost of living. In contrast, Oregon’s economy has been struggling in recent years, with high unemployment rates and a lack of affordable housing options making it less attractive to new residents.

Despite these challenges, many experts remain optimistic about the future of Oregon’s economy. The state has a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, and there are many promising industries that are poised for growth in the coming years. From renewable energy to advanced manufacturing and technology, there are many opportunities for businesses to thrive in Oregon.

Ultimately, the future of Oregon’s economy will depend on a wide range of factors, including government policies, business investments, and consumer behavior. While the state may be facing some challenges in the short term, there are many reasons to be hopeful about its long-term prospects. With the right strategies and investments, Oregon can continue to attract new residents and businesses, and build a thriving economy for years to come.

Migration Trends: Where People Moved in 2023

OREGON is the U-Haul No. 37 Growth State:

Oregon is the No. 37 growth state in the U.S., backsliding 

15 spots from its previous ranking, according to the U-Haul®

Growth Index analyzing one-way customer moves during 2023.

One-way U-Haul customers arriving in Oregon fell more than 11% from 2022 while departures fell nearly 10% as overall moving traffic slowed.

Do-it-yourself movers arriving in Oregon accounted for 49.8% of all one-way U-Haul traffic in and out of the Beaver State (50.2% departures). Oregon’s 15-position drop in the rankings was 

the largest of any state year-over-year Oregon’s top growth cities are Bend and Roseburg. Other notable net-gain markets include 

Redmond, Beaverton, Grants Pass, Hillsboro, The Dalles, La Grande,Forest Grove, Albany and Tigard. Corvallis is among several break-even markets.

The U-Haul Growth Index is compiled according to the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks,trailers and U-Box moving containers arriving in a city or state, versus departing from that city 

or state, in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2.5 million one￾way U-Haul customer transactions that occur annually across the U.S. and Canada.

Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee account for the top five growth 

states. California ranks 50th for the fourth year in a row with the largest net loss of one-way U-Haul customers.

2023 U-Haul Growth States

  1. TEXAS (1)
  2. FLORIDA (2)
  5. TENNESSEE (6)
  6. IDAHO (10)
  7. WASHINGTON (23)
  8. ARIZONA (7)
  9. COLORADO (11)
  10. VIRGINIA (5)
  11. NEVADA (13)
  12. VERMONT (30)
  13. UTAH (12)
  14. WYOMING (33)
  15. DELAWARE (27)
  16. NEW MEXICO (19)
  17. ARKANSAS (43)
  18. GEORGIA (8)
  19. SOUTH DAKOTA (31)
  20. MINNESOTA (17)
  21. MONTANA (18)
  22. ALABAMA (20)
  23. OHIO (9)
  24. IOWA (21)
  25. HAWAII (–)
  26. WISCONSIN (16)
  27. INDIANA (14)
  28. MISSOURI (15)
  29. KENTUCKY (26)
  30. WEST VIRGINIA (25)
  31. MAINE (29)
  32. NORTH DAKOTA (37)
  33. KANSAS (39)
  34. ALASKA (41)
  35. NEBRASKA (32)
  36. RHODE ISLAND (40)
  37. OREGON (22)
  39. MISSISSIPPI (34)
  40. NEW HAMPSHIRE (38)
  41. OKLAHOMA (42)
  42. CONNECTICUT (28)
  43. NEW YORK (46)
  44. MARYLAND (44)
  45. LOUISIANA (35)
  46. MICHIGAN (48)
  47. NEW JERSEY (45)
  48. ILLINOIS (49)
  50. CALIFORNIA (50)

2022 growth rankings in parentheses

While U-Haul migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, the U-Haul Growth Index is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.

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