Oregonians leaving

Oregon’s timber-dependent economy of the time meant it was among the hardest-hit states. That recession was the state’s deepest until the COVID-19 pandemic, and it took the better part of a decade for the state to regain the jobs lost…

Today’s population decline comes in the wake of the COVID-19 recession, which upended the workforce as remote work introduced people to the possibility of working from anywhere. Portland was among the urban centers that saw unusually large flows of residents leaving during this time. While many cities, like Seattle and Fort Worth, saw reversals in population losses after the first full year of the pandemic, Portland continued to shed residents and was among the fastest shrinking big cities in 2022…

The numbers also showed that Oregon lost residents across nearly all age groups in 2022, but saw an uptick in net out-migration among children and adults between the ages of 35 and 55. That suggests many families moved away.



I remember when people in Oregon were complaining about all the Californians moving in.



People in California cashing in their real estate profits and moving to lower cost western states has been going on for decades. Oregon and Arizona seem to be major recipients.

People are still leaving California. Where are they going? Idaho? Montana?

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  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. New York
  4. Washington
  5. Arizona
  6. Oregon
  7. Colorado
  8. Nevada
  9. North Carolina
  10. Tennessee



The true Oregonians i have known would never consider crossing the Rockies. Maybe short term for a career move.

Those who cross the Rockies are virtually dead.

New York maybe for career. But Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee are hard to believe. Not true Californians. Maybe those who moved there for career but decided not to stay.

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Many are moving to Washington State. No income tax. Much lower cost of living.



The manager of the pump seal company’s LA branch was from Michigan. Was happy to leave Cali when he retired. He didn’t stop driving until he got to Port Angeles…but then, he was retired. Didn’t need to worry about earning a living there.


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What is happening is normal.

People as they retire leave places with a high cost of living. California and NY have the highest. New Yorkers have headed to Florida for decades. As have the many folks from New England.

California would be a great place to retire to if you have the money. A lot of money is necessary that most people would not have.

Google result

California, Florida, and Texas have the highest numbers of older adults. Wyoming, Delaware, and South Carolina have the most inbound movers citing retirement as the main reason for moving. Florida is home to 15 of the top 25 U.S. cities with the highest percentages of 65+ residents.

My comment Florida is going to hit a tipping point soon. If RE stays high and public services are needed taxes will go up and you will see an exodus. In fact more people would rather leave Florida. The late springs, summers, and early autumns are like being stuck in a steamy swamp. No one really likes Florida that much.

Money is the issue.

If you have talent and want to make money head to CA or NY. Places like Boston are fantastic. Florida has nothing on them.

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