Oregon No. 2 destination for moving vans nationally

SALEM, Ore. (AP) &

Oregon is the No. 2 destination nationally for people moving from other states, according to a study by United Van Lines.

The St. Louis company found that 4,600 people headed for Oregon in 2006, ranking the state just behind No. — North Carolina.

The migration trend did not surprise Judy Yriarte, the director of relocation services for Prudential Real Estate Professionals in Salem.

"We saw a 58 percent increase in relocations last year over the same period in 2005," Yriarte said.

The majority of the newcomers moved into areas along the Interstate 5 corridor, from Portland to Salem to Medford, with some settling in Bend, she said.

Some of the reasons they cited include the weather, the landscape and quality of life and affordable homes, said Jeri Scott, the executive vice president of Coldwell Banker Mountain West in Salem.

"Oregon is also seen as an entrepreneurial state," Scott said. "It is a big draw for people who want to open their own business."

Californians led the migration to Oregon, although there was an increase from Arizona, Florida, Texas and Washington state, according to the study.

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