Southern and Central Oregon changing

Southern and Central Oregon changing

Opinions in Southern and Central Oregon are getting closer to those in the Portland metro area, thanks to an influx of new residents and a diversifying economy.

It used to be that the so-called Cascade Curtain snapped shut once you left Portland, and stayed closed, save for pockets of Eugene and Ashland. But a new survey conducted for Oregon Public Broadcasting and other sponsors shows that over the past decade, there’s been a measurable shift in opinion that’s brought Southern and Central Oregon closer to the metro area and the Willamette Valley.

The exception is the nine counties of Eastern Oregon, which politically and demographically remain a land unto themselves, estranged from much of the rest of the state.

Read more at OPB.