While the real estate picture has vastly improved in Oregon and the rest of the country since the depths of the recession, falling and rising tides did not sink and lift all states equally.
Oregon is one of six states with 20% or more of its population using food stamps.
Oregon's fast-aging rural population is hindering economic growth, state economist Mark McMullen says.
More than half of the 144,000 Portland-area underwater mortgages are back in positive equity.
Construction is Oregon's fastest-growing major employer, adding 6,500 jobs in the past year.