Oregon is the ninth largest and, with a population of 4 million, 27th most populous U.S. state. The capital, Salem, is the second most populous city in Oregon, with 164,549 residents. Portland, with 632,309 residents, is the most populous and ranks as the 26th most populous city in the United States. The Portland metropolitan area, which also includes the city of Vancouver, Washington, to the north, ranks the 23rd largest metro area in the nation, with a population of 2,389,228. The top ten cities are Salem, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, Springfield and Corvallis. As of 2015, Oregon ranks as the 17th highest in median household income at $60,834. The gross domestic product (GDP) of Oregon in 2013 was $219.6 billion, a 2.7% increase from 2012; Oregon is the 25th wealthiest state by GDP.
State Department of Agriculture
- Ensure food safety and provide consumer protection
- Protect the natural resource base for present and future generations of farmers and ranchers
- Promote economic development and expand market opportunities for Oregon agricultural products
The three broad policy areas of the mission are interdependent. Without a strong and healthy natural resource base—particularly land and water—there is little or no agricultural production to promote and market. Without assurance that the food produced in Oregon is safe, there is little chance that many agricultural products will be of interest to potential customers.
Other Related Programs
Made in Oregon: Since 1975, Made in Oregon has supported and helped develop the Oregon economy by sourcing and selling artisan and farm products. Made in Oregon has helped grow thousands of small businesses – Oregon people who make, grow, and bring good things to market – and has helped many small craft businesses develop into sizeable businesses. Thousands of Oregonians have benefited from the success of a small retailer which started with a unique concept in 1975.
Business Oregon: The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency’s activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.
Mission: Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.
Vision: Prosperity for all Oregonians.