Oregon is a diversely landscaped state, with mountains, forests, beaches, and prairies all within a few miles of one another. Portland is the most populous city in OR and it is considered the 28th most populous city in the U.S. In total, there are 3.9 million people living in Oregon, but more than 600,000 of them live in Oregon. The average hourly wage here is $21.75, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012. If you chose to work here after completing your education, you should have no trouble finding a high paying job.