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All five of these European nations would fit inside Oregon at the same time, with room to spare.

All five of these European nations would fit inside Oregon at the same time, with room to spare.

We're Number 16!

Bend is accustomed to making all kinds of "Best Place To" lists: best place to retire, drink craft beer, play golf, play outside, or just plain live. But our little drinking town with a mountain problem didn't even make the top 10 list of the Most Successful Cities in Oregon.

Online career-finding platform analyzed every city in Oregon with more than 5,000 people, looking at poverty level, median household income, and unemployment rates. After collecting the data, they ranked each of the 76 towns from 1 to 76 for each of the criteria (with 1 being most successful), and averaged the rankings to create a "Success Score." The lower the "Success Score," the more successful the city.

According to Zippia's analysis, these are Oregon's 10 most successful cities:

1. Happy Valley

2. Sherwood

3. West Linn

4. Lake Oswego

5. Damascus

6. Sandy

7. Tigard

8. Hillsboro

9. Wilsonville

10. Tualatin

Oregon's Most Successful City, Happy Valley (population 15,693), has a median income of $100,438, a poverty level of 4 percent and an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. Bend ranks 16th, with a median income of $52,471, a poverty level of 13.5 percent and an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

Which Countries Would Fit Inside Oregon?

Of all the ways to measure a state, the one suggested by may be the most entertaining yet. The online platform—sort of an AirBnB for local storage units—recently asked, "If Oregon were a storage unit, what countries would fit inside it?" Not content to simply list the countries, they created clever infographics to illustrate their findings.

According to their measurements, the Beaver State, at 98,378 square miles, could contain the United Kingdom, at 93,628 square miles. Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Switzerland could all sleep over at the same time, with room to spare. Greece could almost squeeze in twice, and the country closest in size to Oregon—Guinea—just fits.

To explore the full list with overlaid maps of countries that would fit inside Oregon, visit

Dogs vs. Humans: Who would Northwesterners help?

According to a recent poll conducted by Pemco Insurance, 71 percent percent of Oregon and Washington residents surveyed say they would be very likely or extremely likely to take action to rescue a dog trapped in a car. But only 58 percent said they would help a driver stalled on the side of the road by stopping or calling 911. In fact, 29 percent of Northwesterners surveyed said they would be more likely to cruise past without attempting to help a fellow human being.

Of those indicating a reluctance to help, 65 percent cited personal safety as their biggest concern. In the case of a dog trapped in a vehicle, 90 percent said they would call the police, find the driver, or break a car's window because intervening is the "right thing to do."

"It's interesting to learn what motivates the 'good Samaritan' in all of us," said PEMCO Spokesperson Derek Wing. "Of course, personal safety always comes first, but looking out for each other might make us all a little safer on the roads and at home, regardless of whether those we help have four legs or two."

He continued, "A common theme we saw in the poll was the notion that respondents might not act because they figured someone else would handle the situation, or they assumed the situation was already resolved. It makes us wonder if drivers would feel the same way if the tables were turned and they were the one in need."

The complete poll results are available online at


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