14 Things Only People from Oregon Will Understand

The state of Oregon is arguably one of the greatest places to live in the country. There are mild winters, great coffee, and with a high desert, dense forests, and the Pacific coastline, there’s always something to look at. It’s also a wonderfully quirky place to call home. Here are 14 things only people from Oregon will understand.

14. Portlandia


The sketch television series Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, is so spot on that even though the rest of the country may be laughing at it, only people from Oregon really get all of the jokes.

13. Breweries and Microbreweries

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There are well over 200 breweries and microbreweries in the state, making beer kind of a big deal in Oregon. The Oregon Brewers Festival is held each year, gathering independent craft brewers from all around the United States.

12. Drinking Out of Mason JarsJeff Wasserman / Shutterstock

What else are you suppose to drink your organic microbrew beers in? Mason jars have had a recent surge in popularity and many bars and restaurants across the country have been serving up beverages in these hipster glasses, but rest assured that trend began in Oregon.

11. Football is Huge

It may be surprising that such a hippy-influenced state can be so passionate about a contact sport, but Oregon takes their football seriously. From the Oregon Ducks, OSU Beavers to the Portland Vikings, fans go wild for their favorite team and every game gets turned into a big party.

10. Recycling is a Must

Recycling, as well as composting, is a must if you’re from Oregon. In fact, if you don’t recycle be prepared to have others shame you into buying a green bin. Seeing as how you’re living in such a beautiful place, it’s important to want to keep it that way, and that’s why the recycling programs in Oregon are so popular.

9. Tie-Dye Clothing and Birkenstocks


You’ll proudly wear tie-dye clothes and Birkenstock sandals, even if people from other states make fun of you incessantly for it. One of the best things about living in Oregon is not being judged for who you are or what you wear. So, you do you.

8. Visits to the Naturopathic Doctor

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You’ll make frequent visits to your naturopathic doctor. Or your acupuncturist. Or your herbalist. Because health is such a big concern for you, you don’t think twice before trying out the newest fad, or relying on the one person you’ve been going to for years.

7. Living in a Constant Drizzle


Especially in the winter months, the rain can seem incessant. Even though you may complain about it to coworkers, you’ve come to love it. And you’ve invested in a good pair of rain boots and an umbrella years ago, so you’re prepared for the wettest of days.

6. Cheap Movie Tickets

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If you go anywhere else in the country and find yourself at a movie theatre, you’ll be shocked to see how much your tickets will cost you. Movie tickets in Oregon are so cheap, you can find some for $2-$3 per person. It’s almost 10 times as much in other states.

5. Cycling, Almost Anywhere


Most people in Oregon own bikes instead of cars and take their bikes with them everywhere, even on the really rainy days. It’s good for the environment and you never have to worry about parking!

4. The Vegan Lifestyle


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Being a Vegan is a lot easier in Oregon than other parts of the country, thanks to the wide array of delicious vegan restaurants across the state. But don’t get us wrong; there are countless top-notch options for meat-eaters in Oregon as well.

3. No Other Coffee Will Quite Compare

There’s no denying that some of the best coffee in the country can be found in Oregon. There’s just something about the passion and care that goes into serving the perfect cup of joe that you don’t see anywhere else. That’s probably why most people in Oregon are hooked on caffeine.

2. How Cool The 70s Were Here


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You wish you were around to experience Oregon in the 1970s. Thanks to the revolutionary influences of the past, your home state lives a very liberal and laid-back lifestyle. Which is why you’ll find yourself daydreaming of being back where it all began.

1. VooDoo Doughnuts

Even if you don’t live in Portland or Eugene you’ll travel hours out of the way to hit up VooDoo for their doughnuts. It’s one of the best things about living in Oregon, knowing these delicious donuts are nearby. With flavors like maple bacon and Arnold Palmer, you really can’t go wrong. Remember, good things come in pink boxes.


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