Oregon is divided into western and eastern portions by the Cascade Mountain Range. Most of the population resides on the west side of the state and enjoys a mild climate with plenty of precipitation. The 3 counties with the most residents are Multnomah, Washington and Marion, which are home to Portland, its suburbs and Salem, respectively. Residents of these counties enjoy a variety of apartment housing, in both urban and suburban settings. The area is known for a variety of restaurants, wineries and outdoor recreation. The most populous county on the east side of the state is Deschutes, the largest town of which is Bend. Apartments here may not be as plentiful as in the big city, but the neighborhoods are great for families. Bend is known for having 4 distinct seasons, with plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts. Skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting are major attractions for residents of Deschutes County.
Oregon loves sports, and in keeping with this theme two major sportswear companies are headquartered here. Nike and Columbia Sportswear are both major employers whose products are recognized worldwide. Other top employers are in the technology industry, such as Intel. Major industries in Oregon include education, tourism and recreation, agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Oregon's economy has enjoyed steady growth in the last decade, but is not considered to be one of the wealthier states in the U.S. Residents here do enjoy a great quality of life, however, thanks to the variety of healthy activities, excellent schools and plenty of farm-fresh food.