Living in Oregon…According to Jeff Foxworthy


  • If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in Oregon.
  • If you’ve worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time, you live in Oregon.
  • If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Oregon.
  • If you measure distance in hours, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Oregon.
  • If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back again in the same day, you live in Oregon.
  • If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked, you live in Oregon.
  • If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Central, Southern or Eastern Oregon.
  • If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a 2 layers of clothes or under a raincoat, you live in Oregon.
  • If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow and ice, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Oregon.
  • If you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know more than 10 ways to order coffee, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know more people who own boats than air conditioners, you live in Oregon.
  • If you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” signal, you live in Oregon.
  • If you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain, you live in Oregon.
  • If you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Dutch Bros, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Clatskanie, Issaquah, Oregon, Umpqua, Yakima and Willamette, you live in Oregon.
  • If you consider swimming an indoor sport, you live in Oregon.
  • If you know that Boring is a city and not just a feeling, you live in Oregon.
  • If you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food, you live in Oregon.
  • If you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, you live in Oregon.
  • If you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain, you live in Oregon.
  • If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you live in Oregon.
  • If you buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time, you live in Oregon.
  • If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your OREGON friends, you live or have lived in Oregon.

55 Responses to “Living in Oregon…According to Jeff Foxworthy”

  1. 1 Michael A. Vaughn March 27, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Great list… and so true. I have done several of these myself.


  2. 5 Ann Harris October 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

    And/or Washington as any Oregonian knows, several of those towns are in WA, and the same stuff applies.

    • 6 trushton October 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Absolutly agree! You can always recognize “new” TV personalities because of how the prounouce cities (or from CA because all of the freeways are “THE 5” or Santa Anna (same freeway)

  3. 7 Joanna McNeil Young October 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Well, I’m from Tennessee and have lived here all my life, but I know all of these because…..I married an Oregonian! 🙂

  4. 8 Anut Ray October 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    You can also say that for Washington State also

  5. 9 Adam Wagner October 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Not written by Jeff Foxworthy at all, but still really fun and so so true.

  6. 10 Megan Jensen October 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    A lot of these apply to Washington. Probably not the driving in the snow parts though. Washingtonians can’t drive worth a darn in the snow.

  7. 11 Lori Gaston October 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Between my husband and myself, we have done all of those! ROFL I grew up in Bend, my hubby grew up in Lakeview and went to college in Salem! Jeff Foxworthy nails it again! 😀

    I was laughing so hard I was nearly crying! LOL

  8. 12 Derek Davis October 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    If you kill more dear with your bumper per yer then any combination of you and your friends do with your rifles, Then damn it you live in Oregon. So glad to live here in Oregon.

  9. 13 Derek Davis October 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    If you keep a chain saw in your truck just in case there is another tree on the road and your not going to wait for someone else to get to cut it and have all the fun. You live in Oregon.

  10. 14 Heather Etie Baublit October 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    If you wear socks with sandals…….you like in Oregon!

  11. 15 Sally Dillinger October 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    i am from oregon and darn proud of rain or shine

  12. 16 Jeff Sagner October 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    If you walk past a Starbucks because you would rather order from the Batista on the next block (also a Starbucks), you live in Oregon… I Love this ad mostly true. Except I would change you live in Oregon to you were raised in Oregon on the snow driving ones.

  13. 17 jueliet October 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

    You forgot if you can properly say… Oregon. And I think all of these are signs u live not just in Oregon, but the Pacific Northwest.

  14. 18 William Ingram (@ingram1225) October 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    this really should be for the entire nw!

  15. 19 Linda Marteney October 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    He did include Oregon when noting words to correctly pronounce @Jueliet. I totally agree – if you were raised in Oregon, you and snow have no problem, unless you live on the other side of the mountain…. jus sayin’ ….. I would have included some other words like Galveston (street in Bend) , Tumalo, Scio, there are so many I’ve heard mispronounced by ‘local’ news reporters. I especially liked the comment about the bumpers vs guns killing deer. Wasn’t always that way, however. I really appreciated this article, have personal experience with each entry and have shared on FB or emailed friends who now live elsewhere – Like Arizona, what’s up with that? So many Oregonians live there. Maybe cause they can’t drive in snow?

  16. 20 Gelene Johnston October 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    So good to see so many fellow Oregonians! =) I was born in California, moved here when I was 4. My soul was always meant for Oregon. I’m absolutely in love with it here. I love our temper-mental and mostly rainy weather. We have a little bit of everything here. I am never leaving.

  17. 21 Ruth Klaus October 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I moved to Oregon, from California, over 10 years ago. When I was planning my exit, friends said that the reason I was moving to Oregon was so I would no longer have to pump my own gas!

  18. 22 Dianne Bushey October 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    living in Corvallis and Portland area 23yr it is mostly rain, rain, rain. Like navigating a boat down I-5. Once an Oregonian always an Oregonian, no matter where you are.

  19. 23 Caitlin Schimel October 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I actually moved from Arizona to Oregon and I think the same thing that is where I am meant to be!! It was so funny to read this because I have lived there less then a year and have already done or know someone who has done most of these and the pronouncing of the words haha Awesome!! And actually have family that lives in Boring. This article is great thanks for sharing

  20. 24 swmoore2011 October 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

    If you’re lost in the woods and you’ve heard moss grows on the NORTH side of the trees… You’re SCREWED!, LOST in Oregon, and NOT from Oregon (Oregonians don’t get lost in the woods ;), Oh btw Welcome to Oregon!

  21. 25 Lutuvika Tofinga January 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Looking forward on experiencing all the above mentioned..

  22. 26 Dyna Bennett February 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with the lady that said” once an oregonian, always an oregonian” no matter where you are i now live in Montana:)

  23. 27 Peter Field February 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    PS – You’re stuck behind a car at a traffic light, If the light changes to green more than once, you don’t honk, you make sure the other driver is okay….you live in Oregon!

  24. 28 Louie Gluefish February 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    If you know all those things apply to Washington too, but you ignore it because Washington was originally part of Oregon, you live in Oregon.

  25. 29 Donna Gray February 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I love the wearing shorts, sandals and a parka. Only in Oregopn can you see the sun through the rain and snow, then its gets gray and gloomy and then 5 minutes later its bright and sunny again and then a hail storm….. Bi-polar weather in Oregon! And….. what’s an umbrella? Oh yeah.. that thing I use to keep from getting sunburn in the nasty hot summer that out of state people don’t realize we have here. lol

  26. 30 Jessica Beavers April 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Uuuummmmm…..I believe this was a “you live in WA” list first, but, for the most part they are applicable to both!

  27. 31 Karen Farley April 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    If you can tell the difference between Apocalypse IPA, Watershed IPA , C-Note Imperial IPA, Nice Rack IPA, Hopworks IPA, Lucky Lab IPA, … you live in Oregon.

  28. 32 Ian McGranaghan May 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    If you can walk to all the places featured in Portlandia you live in Oregon…

  29. 33 Franklin Ouchida December 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

    If you give direction by using Strip clubs as landmarks you live in Portland Oregon.

    if your favorite restaurant has wheels under it you live in Oregon.

    if you own a AR-15 with a 30 round magazine but voted for Obama you live in Oregon.

    if you have not been skiing in 5 year but your car has a ski rack on it … you live in Oregon

    if you walk through a puddle of water, because it just don’t matter.. you live in Oregon

    If you dog grooming appointment trumps your chiropractic appointment… You live in Oregon

    If you support legalizing marijuana but want a Smoking Ban 10 feet form a door…..You must live in oregon

  30. 34 Mj Linford February 14, 2013 at 12:10 am

    If you know that Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Yakima and Willamette, are not in Oregon, you live in Washington.

  31. 36 Alicia Hays (@AliciaHays1) February 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    The ones about driving in the snow should be applied to all Oregonian except Portlanders! I live in Portland and 1/4 of an inch of snow shuts the city down!

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  33. 38 Sheri Stadelman Gomez August 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    they forgot if the Grandparents are driving down 84 in a rain storm at 70 mph no body worries you live in Oregon.

  34. 39 Joyce Strop March 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    If you go camping and can walk less than a mile to the bar..You live in Oregon.
    If the city shuts down because of a inch of snow you.. You live in Douglas county Oregon.
    If you use your heater in your car on you way to work, and the AC on you way home.. you must live in Oregon.
    If you go camping and cover everything up at night so it won’t get wet. You live in Oregon.
    If you pay for your camp sight in beer cans.. You live in Oregon.

    Proud Oregonian since 1969,

  35. 40 SchobbishBot3000 September 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    “If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you live in Oregon.” THAT IS SO TRUE

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