||Nickname||The Beaver State
|Governor||John Kitzhaber, D|
|Senator||Ron Wyden, D |
|Senator||Jeff Merkley, D
|Ratification of Constitution/or statehood||February 14, 1859 (33rd)|
|Motto: "She Flies with Her Own Wings"|
American Redoubt Analysis of Oregon by James Wesley Rawles
- Population: 3.4 million.
- Population density: 35 per square mile (Rank 9 of JWR’s Top 19 States) (The highest density is in the Northwest part of the state. It is much lower elsewhere, particular eastern 2/3rds of the state.)
- Area: 97,000 square miles (rank 10 of 50).
- Average car insurance cost: $704/yr. (rank 35 of 50).
- Average home insurance cost: $343/yr. (rank 47 of 50).
- Crime Safety Ranking: 18 of 50.
- Boston T. Party’s State Firearms Laws Ranking: 65%.
- Per capita income: $27,660 (rank 25 of 50).
- ACT & SAT scores Ranking: 10 of 50 (tied with Washington State).
- No sales tax.
- Very low home insurance rates. (Average of $343 per year. Ranks #47 in the USA!)
- Has a high rating in “education freedom” (ranked #5 of 50), since Oregon has relaxed home schooling laws.
- Relatively low car insurance rates.
Note: In the late 1970s, the much-respected Survival writer Mel Tappan touted Southwestern Oregon -- particularly the Rogue River valley -- as a Survival retreat haven. But that was back when California had a population of only around 20 million people. Today, I'm not sure that Southwestern Oregon will have sufficient geographic isolation to be immune from California's "Golden Horde" in the event of an abrupt TEOTWAWKI.
- High property taxes.
- Creeping Californication.
- Second lowest church attendance rate in the USA.
- Extremely restrictive zoning that is approved the state capital
- Expensive building permits in many Western counties.
- private party gun sales at gun shows were recently banned.
- All transactions involving modern (post-1898) guns at gun shows must now be processed through a FFL-licensed dealer, with the requisite paperwork.
- Sadly, since gun shows are the best place to find a decent selection of used guns, and since many metropolitan newspapers now refuse to run gun ads in their classified sections, I consider this change in the Oregon gun law a significant hit against firearms freedom.
Parts of the state are recommended, (with reservations).
Oregon was originally settled by many Native Americans before the Lewis and Clark expedition brought greater attention to the area from the United States and Britain. The British had control of the majority of the territory until the Oregon Trail started in the 1840s and American settlers and homesteaders began moving in. Eventually, the land was ceded to the United States in the resolution of a boundary dispute.
The population is concentrated in the fertile Willamette Valley from Portland to Eugene. The Cascade mountains divide the state into wet Western Oregon and dry Eastern Oregon halves, much like neighboring Washington State, but Eastern Oregon lacks the irrigation works of the Columbia basin and much more resembles Nevada. Oregon supports a significant logging industry, largely concentrated in the western half of the state. Environmental restrictions have severely hurt the industry, producing conservative opinions inland, but the liberal cities of Portland and Eugene generally support environmentalism.
Since 2007, Oregon has offered domestic partnerships, which are similiar to same sex marriage
- Big Government-Police State-Nanny State-Welfare State-Statist - Walking to Freedom#Naughty List
- Walking to Freedom
- Vote with your feet
- Strategic relocation
- American Redoubt - Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington
- Free State Wyoming - Molon Labe! by Boston T. Party
- Strategic Relocation-North American Guide to Safe Places by Joel Skousen
- Rawles on Retreats and Relocation by James Wesley Rawles
- Cumberland Redoubt - Tennessee and Kentucky
- Texas Redoubt - Jack Spirko's State
- Free State Project
- 374 word quotation: Fair Use Source: Rawles, James Wesley. Rawles on Retreats and Relocation. 1st. Clearwater, Idaho: The Clearwater Press, 2007. p. . Print. see James Wesley Rawles on Fair Use
- http://www.survivalblog.com/retreatareas.html Recommended Retreat Areas accessed March 30, 2014