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Question by Old Gregg: Relocating to Portland, OR…?
I’m thinking of moving to Portland from Oklahoma. What are some of the pros and cons of the place? What is the cost of living? What areas should I try to avoid? Is there a high crime rate? How is the job market (medical) and pay? What are some fun things to do there? Sorry for all the questions, but if you can answer any I’d really appreciate it!
Answer by A decent answer
The cost of living here in Portland is a bit higher than that of Oklahoma. Of course your pay will be higher than that of Oklahoma. Currently the minimum wage right now is $ 7.80. However most of the items here are very affordable, but you might have some sticker shock, but we don’t pay any sale taxes!!
The best part about Portland is that your about 90 mins from the mountains, and the Pacific Ocean and of course some Casinos. 3 Hours from Seattle and about 4-5 hours from Canada.
You can snowboard almost the whole season and go skiing as well. Oregon has alot of ski resorts such as Timberland Lodge and Mt. Bowl. Also there is alot of fun stuff such as hiking and river adventures around the area.
If outdoor fun isn’t your cup of tea than you can try the casino’s such has Spirit Mountain or Chinook Winds near the ocean. Shopping around here is fun as well, downtown boast stores such as Nike town, Nordstorms, Macy’s and they are located centralized in downtown. Also Lloyd center and Washington Square is the major big malls here.
The other best thing about Portland is that the weather is better during the summer, it’s not as muggy.
The worst part about it is that it can rain any given moment sometimes. Sometimes it can rain everyday, few years ago we had something like 35+ days straight.
Transportation isn’t bad. Portland has a MAX system that goes to Hillsboro, Gresham and downtown. Right now there are some new things being built downtown that involve the MAX so it’s a bit messy right now. Traffic can be a nightmare but if your living in downtown than you won’t have to worry about it.
Crime rate isn’t that bad at all, most of the crimes are out in the areas where gangs hang out at.
The Job market is not bad, medicals is growing because there are so many hospitals being built or expanding, OHSU has so many building on one mountain they had to start building down near the Macadam area South Water front area.
I find the NW Portland a nice area to start out at. Also the SW area.
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