Are People Still Moving to Oregon?

It’s a familiar tale in Portland: drawn to our milder summers and relatively cheaper cost of living, Californians are leaving their state in droves and settling in Oregon, pushing up prices and pushing out locals. But do the numbers support that? The 2020 US Migration Report from North American Moving Services paints a slightly different picture. According to their annual study, people are in fact fleeing California, but they aren’t coming here.

The majority of people leaving California are settling in Texas or Idaho. And in Oregon we didn’t actually have a huge influx of people in 2020. Of the households that moved into or out of Oregon in 2020, 51% were moving in and 49% were leaving, making Oregon a balanced state. Compare that to Illinois who saw 69% of movers leaving, or Idaho where 70% of interstate moves were people coming in. According to North American Moving stats, Oregon has not been classified as an “inbound” state since 2017 when there was a 10% spread between those coming and those leaving.

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