State Resources

Oregon Business Resources

Natural resources have historically been the engine that drove Oregonís economy, thanks in large part to the stateís vast expanses of forest and a booming lumber industry. The first and second World Wars brought a wave of development to the state, which became an integral producer of ships, aluminum, food, and lumber.

In recent years, Oregon has attempted to move away from natural resource dependence towards a mixed manufacturing and marketing economy. A number of high-tech firms are based in, or have major subsidiaries in Oregon. This concentration of firms has given rise to the so-called Silicon Forest area of Portland. Manufacturing today makes up the largest portion of GDP, with wood products topping the list of manufactured goods. Oregonís top exports are computers and electronic components, crops, and transportation equipment, while its top export markets are Canada, Japan and China respectively.

Business Data

Per Capita Real GDP$37,633 Rank: 18/50 (2006)
Population3,421,400 Rank: 28/50 (2000)
Per Capita Personal Income$33,666 Rank: 28/50 (2006)
Unemployment Rate5.50% Rank: 39/50 (2008)
Business Tax Climate IndexRank: 10/50 (2008)
Corporate Tax Rate6.6%
Individual Tax Rate 5% - 9%
Sales Tax Rate 0%

Business Tax Climate Index

Individual Income Tax Index Rank35
Sales Tax Index Rank4
Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank32
Property Tax Index Rank14
Business Tax Climate Index10
Corporate Tax Index Rank20

State Information

Nick NameBeaver State
State Web Site
MottoShe flies with her own wings

Top 5 Export Partner Countries

Canada, China, Korea, South, Japan, Malaysia

Top 5 Export Merchandise

Transportation Equipment Sales Computers and Electronic Products Sales Computers and Electronic Products Manufacturing Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Electronic Equipment Manufacturing

Major Cities

Eugene, Portland, Salem


Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Millions) $158,233.00 (2007)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$38,339.00 Rank: 18 (2007)

Population Stats

Population 3,790,060 Rank: 27 (2008)

Age Distribution

Under 18 Population846,526
Under 18 Percent of Total Population25%
65 and older Population438,177
65 and older Percent of Total Population13%

Gender Distribution

Male Population49.6%
Female Population50.4%
Non-English Speaker (at home)301,033
Net International Immigration72,263
Birth Rate12.7%
Percent of People Under Poverty Level14.1%


Per Capita State Spending$23,396
Energy Expenditures per Person$3,320
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems$2,851,060


Personal Income$41,444
State Internal Revenue Collection$23,466,608
Cash and Deposits by State Government$2,868,210
Per Capita State Tax Collection$2,074


High School Graduation Rate71.2%
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree17.6%
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree10%

Largest Universities

Portland State University University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon State University
High School Graduation Rate71.2%


Public Road Length (Mile)64,358
Gas Tax Rate (%)24%
Highway Planning and Construction (USD Thousands)376,965
Number of Public Airports139

Main Airports

PDX: Portland


Coos Bay Portland



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State Business Links

The Oregonian

Secretary of State

Oregon Secretary of State
Archives Division, Audits Division, Corporation Division, Elections Division, Executive Division

Small Business Administration

Oregon Small Business Administration
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the Federal Government. Its purpose -- to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Small business is critical to aiding our economic recovery, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Through its extensive network of SBA resource partners and partnerships with other public and private organizations, SBA is here to help you -- the small business owner.

Top 10 Business Links

Agri-Business Council of Oregon (ABC)
The ABC is a private organization that supports the agricultural industry in Oregon. It runs several programs that serve to promote industry competition. Member services include discounts, marketing initiatives, and education workshops.
Oregon Business
Maintained by the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, Oregon Business provides information relating to the state economic environment. Information pertains to business and industry data, international expansion, and workforce development. The website also has a list of state and federal financial incentive programs.
Oregon Business Development Corporation
This organization is a lending organization certified by the US Small Business Administration. It offers long-term fixed rate property and equipment financing for businesses that are looking to expand.
Oregon Business Magazine
Oregon Business is a monthly periodical that publishes news and commentary about the state business scene. Its website contains daily news updates, as well as stock listings.
Oregon Business Plan
Launched in 2002, the Oregon Business Plan is a collaborative effort to foster economic development in the state. It brings together the public and private sectors who drive initiatives towards this cause. The organization holds regular meetings and conferences that allow for networking opportunities with major players in the Oregonian economy.
Oregon eBizCenter
The center is a part of the Oregon SBDCs that focuses on providing assistance to current and potential small businesses in the state. It offers consulting for technological start-ups, resources for international business expansion, counseling, and training workshops. Services are free of charge, except for workshops and materials, that require a nominal fee.
Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center
The Portland branch of the Department of Commerce, serving Oregon, specializes in helping small to medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided.