Moving from Phoenix, AZ to Portland, OR

Get to know your new home, the Rose City 

Portland, OR, located almost 1,300 miles northwest of Phoenix, AZ, is considered one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest. This free-spirited hotspot, ranked No. 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live list, embraces self-expression and entrepreneurship. 

Interested in making Portland your new home? Find out what makes this rapidly growing city so popular, and then learn why U-Pack is an easy and affordable long-distance moving option from Phoenix. 


There are plenty of things to do in Portland 

Quirky is cool in a city with the unofficial motto of “Keep Portland Weird.” After all, there aren’t many places where you can watch (or participate in) a fully costumed adult soapbox derby. Hijinks aside, some of the top cultural attractions include the oldest public library on the West Coast, a diverse and highly acclaimed food and beverage scene, museums, art galleries and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. 

Portland is also a great place to get out and explore — without the exposure to Phoenix’s intense heat. There’s the Portland Saturday Market, conventions and meetups for all types of interests, and one of the country’s largest urban parks. Plus, there’s hiking, water sports and winter activities all within an hour’s drive. 


The climate may require an adjustment 

Weather preferences vary from person to person. Some prefer the desert climate of Phoenix to predominantly damp and chilly Portland; for others, it’s reversed. But it’s definitely worth nothing if you’re going from one extreme to the other. Portland’s summers are beautiful, warm and dry, but short. As the seasons change, you can expect some precipitation almost half the days of the year and very little sunlight. The benefit, however, is living in lush, green surroundings. 


Rapid growth equals rising costs 

While Phoenix is massive and spread out, Portland is much more compact. However, Portland’s growing popularity is challenging the city’s infrastructure. Some 650,000 residents share just 145 square miles, creating increased demand for housing. Portland’s cost of living is 38 percent higher than Phoenix’s, according to the personal finance website NerdWallet. The median home cost in Portland is over $600,000 (compared to $346,000 in Phoenix) and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Rose City is $2,700, almost double that of Phoenix. 


Go U-Pack for hassle-free long-distance moving 

If you don’t like the thought of driving a large rental truck more than 20 hours from Phoenix to Portland, here’s some good news: There’s an easier way to move long distance. U-Pack® is a unique option that saves you time and money. Simply load your belongings into our equipment, either at your home or at one of our conveniently located service centers, and we’ll deliver it to your new residence or to our nearest service center. Get a free quote from one of our experienced consultants today!