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Oregon

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Location of Oregon State


Capital: Salem

Population: 3,899,353 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton

Borders: California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Pacific Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $198,702 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including wheat, fishing, dairy products, Christmas trees, and cattle
Timber, paper products, electronics, computers, and tourism

How Oregon got its name: No one is quite sure where the name Oregon comes from. It possibly came from the previous name for the Columbia River, the Ouragan. This was a French word that meant hurricane.

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Oregon State Symbols

State Nickname: Beaver State

State Slogan: We Love Dreamers; Things Look Different Here (1987-2003); Pacific Wonderland (on its license plate 19594)

State Motto: Alis volat Propriis (She flies with her own wings) (1987)

State flower: Mistletoe

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State fish: Chinook salmon

State tree: Douglas Fir

State mammal: American Beaver

State foods: Pear, Hazelnut

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Monday, February 14, 1859

Number admitted: 33

Prior Name: Oregon Territory

Postal Abbreviation: OR

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The Geography of Oregon

Total Size: 95,997 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Pacific Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Hood at 11,239 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Clackamas-Hood River (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Crook County approx. 25 miles south-southeast of Prineville (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 36 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Crater Lake, Malheur Lake, Upper Klamath Lake, Columbia River, Snake, Willamette River, Pacific Ocean

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