When can one achieve ‘Local’ status in the NW?


According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, nearly a quarter of residents in Washington and Oregon (23 percent) believe you must live in this region your entire life to be considered a local. Almost twice as many say the minimum requirement is at least three-quarters of your life spent in the Northwest, and just one-quarter said living here half your life is long enough to be considered a local.

Yet despite the high bar residents set for achieving local status, the poll revealed nearly three-quarters (72 percent) consider themselves to be local to the Northwest. What about you? When do you think someone can be called a NW local?

Do you consider yourself to be a Northwest local, or do you consider yourself to be “transplanted” here, and local to some other area?

Total OR
72 72 Local to the Northwest
24 23 Transplanted here
4 5 Don’t know

Do you consider yourself to be a Northwest local, or do you consider yourself to be “transplanted” here, and local to some other area?

Total Oregon
West East
72 70 82 Local to the Northwest
24 25 12 Transplants

Do you consider yourself to be a Northwest local, or do you consider yourself to be “transplanted” here, and local to some other area?

Total Oregon
< 55 55 +
72 74 66 Local to the Northwest
24 20 31 Transplants

In your opinion, how long does a person need to live in the Pacific Northwest to be considered local to the Pacific Northwest?

Total OR
23 25 All of his/her life
18 19 At least three-quarters of his/her life
26 24 About half of his/her life
10 10 About one-quarter of his/her life
6 6 Less than one-quarter of his/her life
17 16 Don’t know

If there was nothing preventing you, how likely would you be to move away and live somewhere other than the Pacific Northwest?

Total OR
9 8 Extremely likely
10 8 Very likely
19 17 Somewhat likely
31 34 Not very likely
29 30 Not at all likely
2 3 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.