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Oregon State Profile

Where is Oregon?

The US state of Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is bordered by Washington to the north, California to the south, Nevada to the southeast, Pacific Ocean to the west, and Idaho to the east. It is the ninth-largest state in United States.


How did Oregon get its name?

According to one theory, the name comes from the French word "ouragan," which was applied to the river. Another theory is advanced by George R. Stewart in an article "American Speech". According to him, the name came from an engraver's mistake in a French map published in the eighteenth century.


What is the capital of Oregon?

Salem is the capital of Oregon and is the county seat of Marion County. Located in the center of Willamette Valley, Salem was founded in 1842. In 1851, it became the capital of the Oregon Territory and was in incorporated in 1857. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 154,637, making it the third-largest city in the state. The city covers an area of 46.4 square miles.


How big is Oregon?

Oregon is the ninth-largest state in the United States of America. The total area of the state is 98,381 square miles. It has an estimated population of 3,831,074, making it 27th populous state in the country. The valley of the Willamette River in western Oregon is the state's most densely populated region.


Which is the largest city of Oregon?

Portland is the largest city of Oregon. It is located in the Pacific Northwest. It has an estimated population of 583,776 and is the 29th most populous city in the country. The city covers a total area of 145.4 square miles and was incorporated in 1851. The city is often referred to as one of the most environment friendly or "green" cities in the world. The city is home to many rose gardens and is popularly known as "The City of Roses."


Why is Oregon called "Beaver state"?

American Beaver is the state animal. It was named the state animal in 1969. It is often called "nature engineer" for its dam-building activities, which are important to natural water flow and erosion control.

What is the official language of Oregon?

There is no official language in Oregon. English is the de facto language.


What is the religion of Oregon?

Christians constitute 67% of the population. 27% of the population have no religious affiliations. The state also has a small number of Muslims, Jews and Buddhists.


Who is the political leader of Oregon?

The government of Oregon is divided into three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. The state also has a system of commissions, where private citizens are selected by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. These commissions have the power to hire and fire the heads of the agencies they govern.John Kitzhaber is the current Governor of Oregon. He assumed office on January 10, 2011. Kate Brown, is Oregon Secretary of State. He assumed office on January 5, 2009.


When did Oregon achieve statehood?

Oregan Territory was formed in 1848. On February 14, 1859, it became the 33rd state to ratify the constitution of United States of America.


What are some of the famous places in Oregon?

Lake Owhyee State Park, Catherine Creek State Park, Humbug Mountain State Park, Crater Lake, Historic Columbia River Highway, Arcadia Beach, Fort Astoria and Baker Beach are some of the notable places in Oregon.


What are the state symbols of Colorado?

Animal: American Beaver is the state animal of Oregon. It is the largest of the North American rodents. It was named state animal in 1969 and is prized for its fur.

Bird: Western Meadowlark was chosen the state bird in 1927. Its is known for its "distinctive and beautiful song."

Motto: "Alis Volat Propriis" is the Motto of the state. It is Latin for "She Flies with Her Own Wings". It was written by Judge Jesse Quinn Thomtom, and was the motto of the state from 1854 till 1957. The original motto was adopted again by the 1987 Legislative.


What is the economy of Oregon like?

In 2010, the Gross Domestic Product was $168.6 billion and the per capita income of the state was $44,447. The state is a major timber producer in the country. The state has one of the larges salmon-fishing industries in the world. Tourism contributes significantly to the economy. Portland has the largest breweries of any city in the world.

The state exports computer and electronic products, machinery manufactures, chemical manufactures, and transportation equipments. The largest trade flows are with Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.