Ever since we made the decision to move to Oregon, a lot of people have been asking “Why Oregon?”. Well, obviously the main reason we moved was because I accepted a job opportunity here – but we wanted to move here for a lot of other reasons too. After doing some research into the area, we truly believed that Oregon was a state where we felt more aligned with the culture and values of the area. It’s an environment that we agreed was where we could see ourselves raising a family someday. Here are some of the reasons why:
Oregon is Beautiful
Seriously! Have you seen it? Oregon is gorgeous. The landscape is breathtaking and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such beauty every single day. On a day to day basis I see a beautiful mountainous backdrop. If you go to the coast, you can see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! While some would argue Florida is just as beautiful, we got tired of the sand and palm trees and wanted to trade up to some mountains and pine trees instead.
No State Sales Tax
I don’t have to calculate sales tax anymore! If the price of items is $10.99, I’m paying exactly $10.99. Nothing more, nothing less! We do have an income tax in Oregon so taxes are definitely coming from somewhere, but it’s nice that it’s so easy to calculate what I’m spending when I’m out doing my grocery shopping.
Much Higher Minimum Wage
Oregon’s minimum wage is currently $11.25 per hour. This is much higher than the $8.25 per hour it was when I left Florida. Even better, in Oregon there is no such thing as a “tipped wage” meaning servers and other jobs that would normally get a lower hourly rate of pay because they receive tips, still get minimum wage – and then tips on top of that! I don’t know about you but I know what my next side job is going to be…!
It’s a Very Green State
Oregonians are very environmentally friendly. For example, plastic bags were banned in 2020. Grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food places are not allowed to provide plastic bags, only paper ones – and if you don’t bring your own reusable bag, they are required by law to charge you for those paper bags. In addition, restaurants can’t give out single use plastic straws unless you specifically ask for it. And if you ask for it, they might look at you like you’re crazy…. In addition, recycling is really important to Oregonians. I’ve noticed every where I go there are seperate bins for garbage, mixed recycling, cans, and glass. This makes it much easier to recycle anywhere you go.
You Don’t Have to Pump Your Own Gas
This one caught me off guard. I was so surprised when I got here and there were attendants walking up to my car to pump gas for me. I am so used to pumping my own gas that it felt weird having someone else do it for me. At first I felt a little bad about it because I know I could totally just do it myself. However, in Oregon it is actually ILLEGAL to pump your own gas. No lie! I do have to say that since it’s a bit colder in Oregon than I’m used to, it is kind of nice to sit in my warm car while someone else pumps gas for me.
I feel like this word can have mixed meanings so let me first define what I mean by progressive. The word progressive to me means: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are. In my opinion, a progressive is generally someone who wants to see more economic and social equality – and hopes to see more gains in feminism and gay rights. They’re also supportive of social programs directed by the state – and they’d like social movements to have more power in the US.
What I’ve loved about being in Oregon so far is how open and accepting the people are here. There is a large LGBTQ and Transgender population here, and a lot of social programs that are unheard of in others states (like paid family leave and protected bereavement leave). This is the kind of environment I want to be in and want my kids to grow up in someday.
Before moving here everyone told me I was going to hate it because of the weather. They told me it’s dark and gloomy all the time and rains a lot. News flash, it rains a lot in Florida too. In Florida it was usually a random torrential downpour every other day. In Oregon, it rains but I find it’s mainly a consistent light drizzle that goes on for the majority of the day. This really doesn’t bother me. Also, the weather is a nice cool 50 degrees most of the time in the winter, which is really nice. I prefer it to the 90+ degree scorching days year round in Florida.
Very Dog Friendly
Everyone has a dog here! If they don’t have a dog, it’s weird and you shouldn’t trust them…Just kidding! In all seriousness though, many restaurants have outdoor seating areas that are very pet friendly and there are dog parks galore! There are literally 9 different dog parks all within 15 minutes from my house! Some are fenced in areas and other are wooded areas with trails where the dogs are allowed to be off leash and frolic through the woods (we haven’t tried those yet – our puppers are not quite trained well enough for that just yet).
Overall we are really happy with our decision to move to Oregon and find ourselves falling in love with the area more and more each day. I can’t wait to discover more about Oregon and what it has to offer! For more information on how our move to Oregon went, check out or post titled How to Move Across the Country the Frugal Way.