That's because Oregon is progressive and very libertarian. And if I could find a job there, I would move there in a heartbeat. My sister lives there, and when I was there last fall, I fell in love with the place as did the rest of my family. Here, I had to find a house in an area that had a hospital that didn't have the words "Saint", "Covenant" or "Methodist" in them just so I could be sure if something happened to me, my own advanced directives could be carried out by my loving family and I wouldn't be kept alive by artificial means longer than I had to, or make them suffer in any way should something like that happen to me. Oregon is also in a population decline, and I think it's because in general, porgressive thinkers understand the need to not over-populate the world. And that there is more to life than dogma and pro-creationism. Oregon also has been the closest state to come to near equality for same-sex marriages and I have high hopes that at some point in the very near future they will pave the way for more states to understand the importance of allowing all people to have the same liberties. Progression is good, and I think that Oregon is closer to being the future of humanity than any other US state. However, they are behind a lot of European countries, and Canada in regards to progressive legislation to free the liberties of it's citizens.