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General Facts

For Oregon

Oregon real estate - homes for sale
  
Medium Household Income: $ 42,446
Income (w/ Children): $ 59,366
Population: 3,281,974
Land Area: 96,002 Square Miles
Population Density: 34 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Beaver State
Capital: Salem
Date of Statehood: February 14, 1959
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Oregon Grape
State Tree: Douglas Fir

  

Oregon is one of the Pacific states. It is bordered on the north by Washington, on the east by Idaho, on the south by Nevada and California, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Oregon contains some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States as well as some of the nation’s most fertile soils and richest timberlands. However, it was the beaver that first gave rise to the development of Oregon.

Oregon’s nickname, the Beaver State, harks back to the early years of the 19th century. Fur hats were fashionable at that time, in northeastern cities, and Oregon’s streams were an important source of beaver. With competition fierce among the fur companies for control of the western lands, adventurous trappers, called mountain men, became the first white people to know the region well. Later, when the rage for beaver hats had passed and Oregon’s beaver supply was all but exhausted, the mountain men showed the early pioneers a route they had picked out in their trapping years. Known as the Oregon Trail, it took thousands during the 1840s to the fertile Willamette Valley, where wheat, fruits, and vegetables thrived. Settlers were also drawn to other parts of the state, where a profitable timber industry later developed around Oregon’s bountiful supply of Douglas fir trees.

By the mid-1990s the timber industry, while still critical to Oregon’s economy, was waning as access to old growth stands of trees diminished. Meanwhile, manufacturing was growing, fueled by technology industries in the Willamette Valley.

The origin of the state name is uncertain. It may, however, be derived from the French ouragan, meaning storm or hurricane. The Columbia River may have been called the River of Storms by the early French Canadian trappers. Oregon entered the Union on February 14, 1859, as the 33rd state. Salem is Oregon’s capital. Portland is its largest city.

Oregon ranks tenth in size among the states, covering an area of 97,093 square miles, including 1,050 square miles of inland water and 41 square miles of coastal water over which it has jurisdiction. The state has a roughly rectangular shape with a width from east to west of 416 miles and a length from north to south of 296 miles. The mean elevation is about 3,300 feet.

he chief influences on Oregon’s climate are the relative distances from the ocean of given areas and the mountain ranges paralleling the coast.

The region from the coast to the Cascades has a temperate marine climate. Because of the moderating effect that nearby ocean water has on seasonal temperatures, summers are cool and winters are mild. The average temperature of the coldest month is well above freezing, and temperatures in the warmest month are generally below 70°.

The Cascade Range and the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon have a highland type of climate, with cool summers and severe winters. The average January temperature is below freezing, and there is usually a snow cover for many months of the year. Snow is most abundant on the western slopes of the northern Cascade Range, where as much as 50 feet accumulates during the winter. Precipitation in the coastal areas, the Cascades, and the Blue Mountains is the highest in the state. It reaches its maximum on the western slopes of the northern Oregon Coast Range, where it may exceed 150 inches annually. All of the western slopes of the Oregon Coast Range, Klamath Mountains, and Cascade Range capture moisture from the winds off the Pacific and have at least 50 inches of precipitation yearly. The Willamette Valley and parts of the Blue Mountains have about 30 to 50 inches of precipitation.

The eastern two-thirds of Oregon, including the Basin and Range province and most of the Columbia Plateau region except the Blue Mountains, has a semiarid mid-latitude climate. Summers are warm and winters are cold. Precipitation is about 10 to 20 inches annually. There are within this large region a few deserts, or arid areas, with less than 10 inches of precipitation yearly. One such area is found along the Columbia River, near Umatilla; another, in central Oregon just east of the Cascades; and a third, in the vicinity of Vale, near the state’s eastern border.