Two of the nation's largest moving companies track where people move within the United States each year. In 2012, Oregon had the second highest rate of new residents moving into a state, according to Atlas Van Lines and United Van Lines. Only the District of Columbia had a higher rate of in-migration.
We talked to some of the state's newest residents to find out why they came. Click the audio link above to hear their stories. We spoke with Robert Boyd from Ventura, Calif., as well as Ryan Gray and Vanessa Fritz in Portland.
We also spoke with Amy Santee, who moved to Portland from Bloomington, Ill. Click on the audio link below to hear her story.
Meredith Lawrence contributed to this feature. Sources for this story came to us via OPB's Public Insight Network. You can share your story, and help shape our news coverage by joining the Public Insight Network.