Are you thinking about moving to Oregon? Or are you already here, trying to buy a home?
If you’re trying to buy a home Portland, you’ve probably experienced unparalleled competition. Especially in some of its hotter-than-hot neighborhoods. (Southeast Portland, we’re looking at you.)
But before you jump on the Damn Those Uppity Californians rant train, you may be surprised by some of the latest statistics.
Yes, in 2015, Oregon was the most popular moving destination in the United States, with 69 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. Oregon continues to climb the ranks, increasing inbound migration by 10 percent over the past six years.
Per Melissa Sullivan, director of marketing communications at United Van Lines, “For nearly 40 years, we’ve tracked which states people move to and from, and we’ve also recently started surveying our customers to understand why they are making these moves across state lines. Because United Van Lines’ position is the nation’s largest household goods mover, our data is reflective of national migration trends.”
United Van Lines has tracked migration patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. For 2015, the study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. United Van Lines classifies states as “high inbound” if at least 55 percent of moves are entering a state, “high outbound” if at least 55 percent of moves are leaving a state, or “balanced” if the difference between inbound and outbound is negligible.
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And per Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, “The 2015 data reflects longer-term trends of people moving to the Pacific West, where cities such as Portland and Seattle are seeing the combination of a boom in the technology and creative marketing industries, as well as a growing desire for outdoor activity and green space. Additionally, aging Boomers are driving relocation from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, as increased numbers of people retire to warmer regions.”
And why are so many people moving to Oregon? A new job or company transfer (53 percent) and wanting to be closer to family (20 percent) are the reasons stated for most moves to our state.
However, contrary to local lore, Californians are not the only ones to blame for increased traffic, job competition, and rising home prices and rents.
Ben Hoskins of You Move Me Portland says that far more people are moving within the region each day than coming from outside the region. Oregonians are competing with each other for available apartments and houses–driving up prices even without competition from the recent influx from other states.
Federal statistics confirm Hoskins’ observations. U.S. Census figures show that well over half of the people who moved to Multnomah County between 2009 and 2013 came from within the region or the rest of the state.
But there’s no denying that 70 percent of those who move to Oregon from out of state settle in the Portland metro area. This explains why outsiders are widely blamed for driving up housing costs in the city. Portland has the 12th highest rents in the country and the average home price topped $400,000 for the first time in May 2016.
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- 7 Lies You Tell Yourself When You Move To Portland, Oregon | Matador Network
- BREAKING: A Shit Ton of People Moved To the Portland Area | The Portland Mercury
- Census Bureau Says Hillsboro Crosses 100k, Portland Still Booming | Metro News
- Cost of Living: How Far Will My Salary Go in Another City? | CNN
- Everybody Is Moving to Oregon | CNN
- Here’s Some Good News For House Hunters | CNN
- Most New Portlanders Come From Oregon | Portland Tribune
- Portland Region Nears 2.4 Million Residents, Growing By 41,000 Last Year | Metro News
- United National Movers Study 2015
- Welcome to Portland | The Portland Mercury
- Why New Portlanders Come From Portland | The Portland Tribune
- Why People Are Flocking To Oregon | CNBC
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