Moving from Salt Lake City, UT to Portland, OR

So you’re thinking about moving from Salt Lake City, UT to Portland, OR?

Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Oregon both have reputations for being scenic and more relaxed than your typical large American city. Unlike the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York City, there is a slice of the apple-pie-feel in both of these lovely towns. But no two cities are created equal, and while Salt Lake City has many fine points, it pales in comparison to the amazing quality of life that Portland provides. This article will help you see just why moving to Portland from Salt Lake City might be a fantastic idea for you. 

What is the weather like in Portland?

Salt Lake City has seasons, to be sure. There are distinctive falls, winters, springs and summers. But while it is a beautiful city, the relatively mild temperatures and plentiful rainfall of Portland can hold far more appeal for some. This helps to illustrate the remarkable scenery that surrounds the city.

It is not the type of rain, though, that will leave you in the mud – so to speak. Instead, it is a pleasant drizzle that pervades the city throughout the entire year. It gives Portland a cloudy haze, but it is a haze that is uniquely beautiful and different from any other place on Earth.

Also, unlike Salt Lake City, Portland has manageable winters. While snowfall does happen in Portland, it is not in the copious amounts that fall in Salt Lake. Salt Lake City gets around 56 inches of snowfall year, much more than most major cities in the United States. Portland’s climate is too mild for such incredible amounts of snowfall, so they instead have much more pleasant winters. The snow shovel will certainly collect dust on the shelf in the garage. 

Does Portland provide its students with a solid education?

Portland is one of the best places in the country for children to be educated. While Salt Lake City certainly has great schools, it is very hard to compare any city with a place as educated as Portland. Both the private and public education systems are almost unmatched, with awesome educational venues in the city serving to enhance the experience – such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OSMI). Great high education institutions can also be found in Portland, like the University of Portland, Reed College of the Portland State University. Clearly, there are many great academic outlets to be found in this city.

What is the food like in Portland?

Portland is one of the best cities in the country for “foodies,” and it has been honored by many publications for its excellent cuisine. The Food Network has named it the “Delicious Destination of the Year” before, and the Washington Post has noted that it is one of the best locations for food in the United States. There are many vegan options, especially, which goes right in line with Portland’s trademark “green” vibe. Street food has perhaps the largest reputation, though, in Portland, with more than 600 street and food truck options found in the city. Both U.S. News and World Report and CNN have recognized the amazing street vendors found in Portland.

What is there to do in Portland?

Salt Lake City also can’t compete with the amount of art and entertainment that is to be found in Portland. It’s actually one of the top art destinations in all of the state, with the Portland Art Museum routinely being cited as one of the best and largest museums in the country. There is the exciting Oaks Amusement Park during the summer to keep family entertained for days of fun, while fans of quieter fair can get lost in the largest new and used bookstore in America, Powell’s City of Books.

Portland, as mentioned earlier, is one of the most beautiful cities in the nation. Not surprisingly, the nature surrounding the town provides many different types of pastimes for residents. The city, for instance, is nicknamed the “City of Roses” because of the large number of roses found in the town. There’s even a rose festival each year!

What is Portland's economy like?

Salt Lake City would also be hard-pressed to compare with the bustling economic activity that is found in Portland. In particular, there is a large market for environmental jobs, which helps to solidify Portland’s placement as one of the greenest cities in the world.

Many different companies are drawn to Portland because of the access to shipping facilities, intercontinental railroads, air terminals, many natural resources and low-cost energy. They also hold the distinction of being the largest shipper of wheat on the continent. Some of the top companies based in the city include shoe brands Adidas and Nike are based in the city.

It’s time to get moving to Portland!

Ready to call Portland your new home? It’s ready for you. Just give U-Pack® a call when you’re ready to move all your belongings there. You pack, load, and unload, and U-Pack will do all the driving. It’s the easiest, most convenient way to move to Portland – and affordable, too. In fact, U-Pack prices are often comparable to truck rental. Explore our coverage map here

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Welcome to your new home, Portland, OR!

Salt Lake City clearly can’t hold a candle to beautiful Portland, Oregon! Pack your bags today!

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