- State GDP: $ 216 billion
- Growth in 2014: 3.6%
Oregon is a newcomer to the fastest-growing states list. It became the nation’s sixth best economy in 2014 with economic growth of 3.6%, according to the latest government data.
A manufacturing resurgence is propelling Oregon forward. Having Nike (‘s headquarters and )Intel (Tech30)‘s production unit in its backyard has certainly helped. The state exports everything from computer processors to wheat. ,
The Beaver state has consistently added jobs since the financial crises, especially in major industries like healthcare, manufacturing, services and hospitality. The state’s unemployment rate — 5.2% — is below the national average.
In 2014, Oregon was also the top destination in the country for people to move to, according to a study by United Van Lines.
It offers great accessibility to green space, outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment activities, said UCLA economist Michael Stoll.