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Moving from Oakland, CA to Portland, OR

Moving from Oakland, CA to Portland, OR

So you’re thinking about moving from Oakland, CA to Portland, OR?

There isn’t a city that is much more pleasant to live in than Portland, Oregon. This offbeat West Coast town has developed a reputation for having a culture completely unique to its city over the years. As such, it has transformed into one of the most interesting places to live in the country. Oakland, California, is a city that lies in the “Bay Area” of the West Coast. Just outside of San Francisco, Oakland offers the expanse of its sister city. This is just one mark for Oakland, who has many admirable qualities. There are many reasons why you might be considering making the move from Oakland to Portland, and this article will review just a few of those.

What is the weather like in Portland?

The weather in Portland and the weather in Oakland are not entirely different animals. But cities are known for their relatively mild weather patterns. Neither city has to contend with excess humidity, and both are located on or relatively close to the Pacific Ocean. The breeze and stereotypically cool-to-warm weather of the coast is very well expressed in these cities.

Portland does, however, have distinct advantages to Oakland in the climate realm. Most specifically, Portland benefits from having more in the way of seasons than the Oakland area. The San Francisco Bay area, in general, has very little in the way of varying temperatures throughout the year. While this can be very comfortable, it does not compare to the varying, though still mild, seasons that Portland provides.

Portland receives much more rainfall than Oakland throughout the year, which lends itself to a beautiful surrounding area. The rain is not torrential, though, and falls in light form, spread out across many days of the years. Oakland residents will not be unfamiliar with clouds and fog, and some of this kind of atmosphere is definitely present in Portland.

The Oakland area has hardly heard of the word “snow,” even if it gets chillier in the winter. Portland, though, does have a few chances for snowfall during the winter months, which gives it another leg up on Oakland. This means that the idea of a white Christmas can at least be a realistic idea.

Writing in Portland

The previously mentioned cloudy tone that sometimes overtakes Portland weather lends itself to the kind of climate where creativity often sparks. The city itself has a storied history in harvesting some of the great literature of the country.

For instance, children’s novelist Beverly Cleary started out in Portland, often setting her stories in the area and creating famous characters like Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby. There is actually a statue in Grant Park of Ribsy, the dog of Henry Huggins.

Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin has written such works as Hainish Cycle and Orisian Tales in the science fiction realm, while novels like Fight Club by Chuck Palahuik owe something to Portland. Washington Institute Book Prize winner Michael J. Trotten is from Portland, as is Christian writer Don Miller and Geek Love author Katherine Dunn. You can bet you’ll spark a creative streak in Portland!

What is the economy like in Portland?

Much of the Oakland economy is actually based in San Francisco. While there are many great businesses located in the city itself, in many ways it is essentially an extension of its neighbor. By contrast, Portland is 100 percent Portland. The economy and economic advantages are unique to the town itself. And its bustling economy offers a number of different careers for its citizens.

Thanks to having many benefits for businesses located in the town, such as access to many cross-sections of transportation and low cost energy, Portland is home to such companies as Daimier Trucks, Vestas Wind Systems, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, LaCrosse Footwear, Powerll’s Books, PacifiCorp, StanCorp Financial, KinderCare, Adidas, Under Armor, The Old Spaghetti Factory and Nike. Much of the revenue in the city is also driven by high-tech companies. In recent years the town has garnered the nickname of “Silicon Forest.”

Outside of companies based in the town, there is the city’s largest employer: Intel. Intel provides 15,000 jobs in the city, making it a powerful force in Portland. Restaurants are another one of the main businesses in the town, with food being an integral part to any resident’s life. The town is so identified with eateries, in fact, that it has been honored by such publications and news outlets as CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure and The Food Network for its many specialties. Some of those include vegan food, coffee, beer and food trucks. There’s certainly more than enough economic opportunities in Portland.

Start planning your move from Oakland to Portland

If you’re ready to begin the process of making Portland your new home, U-Pack®can help. We’ll assist in getting your items from Oakland to Portland in an easy, affordable way. Get a free moving quote today and see just how affordable U-Pack can be! Explore our service center locations here. 

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Information about Oakland, CA

Est. Population: 390724
County: Alameda
Latitude: 37.8333
Longitude: -122.2833
Zip Codes: 94601
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Information about Portland, OR

Est. Population: 583776
County: Multnomah
Latitude: 45.5167
Longitude: -122.6833
Zip Codes: 97086
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