This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Oregon. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 98,381 sq miles; Land Only: 95,997 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Pacific Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone|
||California, Idaho, Nevada, Washington|
|Highest Point||Mount Hood, 11,249 feet|
|National Parks||Crater Lake National Park|
|State Population (2015)||4,028,977|
|State Population Density||42.0 people / square mile|
||458, 503, 541, 971|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Animal||American beaver|
|State Crustacean||Dungeness crab|
|State Dance||Square dance|
|State Fish||Chinook salmon|
|State Fossil||Metasequoia (dawn redwood)|
|State Gemstone||Oregon sunstone|
|State Insect||Oregon swallowtail|
||Alis volat propriis (She flies with her own wings)|
|State Mushroom||Pacific golden chanterelle|
|State Rock||Thunder-egg (geode)|
|State Seashell||Oregon hairy triton|
|State Soil||Jory soil|
|State Song||"Oregon, My Oregon"|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- OMSI: Science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon.
- Multnomah Falls: Waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, near the Oregon-Washington border.
- Mount Bachelor Ski Area: Ski resort in Bend, Oregon.
- Timberline Lodge: Ski resort in northern Oregon.
- Cannon Beach: City located on the Pacific Coast in Oregon.
- Oregon Zoo: Zoo in Portland, Oregon.
- Crater Lake National Park: National park in southwestern Oregon.
- Portland Art Museum: Art museum in Portland, Oregon.
- Pittock Mansion: Historic building in Portland, Oregon.
- Mount Hood: Mountain range in northern Oregon.
- Columbia River Gorge: National preserve in Cascade Locks, Oregon.
- Portland Japanese Garden: Garden in Portland, Oregon.
- Oneonta Gorge: Waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, near the Oregon-Washington border.
- Cultus Lake: Lake in Deschutes County in Oregon.
- Willamette Valley: 150-mile long valley in Oregon. This region is also known as Oregon Wine Country.
- Oregon Coast Aquarium: Aquarium in Newport, Oregon.
- Smith Rock: State park in Terrebonne, Oregon.
- Silver Falls State Park: State park near Salem, Oregon.
- Lan Su Chinese Garden: Botanical garden in Portland, Oregon.
- Haystack Rock: Rock on the Oregon Pacific coastline, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Famous People Born In Oregon
Nobel Prize Winners
- Linus Pauling (Chemistry, 1954)
- Linus Pauling (Peace, 1962)
- Carl Wieman (Physics, 2001)
- Dale T. Mortensen (Economic Sciences, 2010)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Dave Wilcox (Linebacker. Inducted in 2000)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- Lauren Gale (Forward. Inducted in 1977)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Ty Burrell
- Kaitlin Olson
- Sally Struthers
Oregon Fun Facts
- The first known use of the name "Oregon" was by Major Robert Rogers in 1765. The origin of the name, though, is unclear. There are several competing theories, some proposing that it came from French, and some proposing that it came from a Native Indian language.
- Crater Lake of Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States, with a maximum depth is 1,943 feet.
- Humongous Fungus, a single specimen of Armillaria solidipes in Malheur National Forest in Oregon, has been growing for about 2,400 years, covering 3.4 square miles. It is one of the largest living organisms on earth.
- Portlandís name was decided with a coin toss on whether to name the place after Portland, Maine, or Boston, Massachusetts.†In 1845 this controversy was settled with a coin toss which Francis Pettygrove, who was from Portland, Maine, won in a series of two out of three tosses, and the community was called "Portland." The coin used for this decision, now known as the Portland Penny, is on display in the headquarters of the Oregon Historical Society.
- Boring is a town in Oregon. It was named after William H. Boring of Oregon. Boring, Oregon has a sister city in Scotland that named "Dull." Together these two towns celebrate "Boring and Dull Day" annually on August 9.
- Oregon's state flag is the only state flag in the United States to have different designs on each side.
- The passing of Ballot Measure 60 in 1998 made Oregon the first state in the United States to conduct all elections by mail.
- In 1994, Oregon became the first state in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
- At 7,993 feet deep, Hells Canyon in Oregon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
- In Oregon, drivers must yield to pedestrians who are standing on the sidewalk.
This page was last updated on October 20, 2016.