Oregon, the 33rd state admitted to the U.S., is in the Pacific Northwest between Washington and California.
Large cities include Portland, Eugene and Salem, the capital. Oregon's topography spans the prominent mountain ranges in the west to the desert in the east. A large portion of the state is covered in dense forest.
The climate is wet and mild in the west, affected by the Pacific ocean. The high desert in the east is drier. Oregon is a major timber producer in the U.S., although the volume of production has slowed greatly in the past 20 years. Agriculture, fisheries and wine production are also major contributers to Oregon's economy. Taxes in Oregon are higher than average with high state income rates. Oregon is one of the few states with no sales tax.
Oregon is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Oregon videos.