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Apartment Living in Oregon
If you were to look up the word breathtaking in the dictionary, you might find the state of Oregon listed there. It clearly defines this state's landscape with its spectacular shorelines, luscious rainforests, majestic mountains and volcanoes, colorful desert, towering timbers and tranquil valleys. It is truly amazing how many diverse landscapes are contained within this one state. Oregon is quickly becoming one of most popular natural destinations in America not only for tourists but also for future homeowners and apartment residents. With all this beauty, one might find it difficult to choose where to settle.
Major tourist attractions like the Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Mount Hood and Bonneville Dam will make it difficult to even focus on finding an apartment. Then there is the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge, Hells Canyon, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River, and the list goes on and on. Oregon is the perfect place to find an apartment that is in harmony with nature.
The "Beaver State", also known as the "Sunset State" or "Pacific Wonderland," is nearing four million residents and is one of the fastest growing states in the USA. The population is mostly located in the Willamette Valley that stretches from Eugene to Salem and into Portland, which are the state's largest cities.
Oregon's economy depends heavily on nature. Thanks to its forests, the state generates at least three billion dollars in the lumber, wood and paper products industry. Salmon fishing is also a huge contributor, and is the largest in the world. The land is a supplier of snap beans, hops, peppermint and sweet cherries. Dams are also an important provider for low-cost electric power. A forest of a different sort is giving as well. Computer and electronic companies moving into the region are building the "Silicon Forest".
All this beauty does come at a cost. The state's cost of living is about 10 percent above the national average making it more expensive for apartment renters. Apartments, along with houses, are sitting at 13 percent above the average.
Oregon's largest city is Portland. With more than half a million residents, Portland is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Portland is constantly attracting nature lovers, career-minded professionals, families and retirees looking for homes and apartments to rent. The sports-minded are coming to watch the Trail Blazers, a NBA team, and the many minor league baseball teams in the area. Portland is well known for its green-minded, sophisticated and friendly, out-going people. With an overall cost of living at 20 percent above the national average, finding an apartment that is within the average income budget might be tough. Apartments are costing in the range of $800 to $1,200 a month.
Oregon's second largest city, with a population over 150,000, is Eugene. Home to the University of Oregon, the city has been called "The Emerald Empire". Eugene is a city of natural beauty, recreational activities and the arts. Its motto is "The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors." As with any college-town, there are plenty of apartments to investigate. Apartments rent anywhere between $600 and $800 a month.
Next on the list of cities to explore for an apartment would be Salem, the capital city of Oregon. Salem is the state's hub for agriculture. It is also the home to a number of state and federal government offices, which is the city's major employer. One-bedroom apartments start in the $400-500 range.