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Portland, Oregon and African Americans?

Hello, my husband and I are looking to relocate to another area of the country. We are both originally from larger cities (New York and the SF Bay Area). We currently live in Florida (and no, I don't feel at home here after many years) and we're looking for a new place to call home. We are interested in getting some information on Portland. I've scoured the net, but would prefer *first hand* info. Things such as: 1. What are the best neighborhoods? 2. What's the transportation system like? 3. Diversity: Is there any? The numbers look small, but I'm more concerned about comfort among the various cultures. 4. What type of industries are there? I'm sure I can find some of this on my own, as I am still doing research; however, it would be great to hear from those who have lived or are currently living in the area. To assist me more effectively, please provide me with as many facts as possible and only *serious* answers. :> Thanks for the help! Let me clarify what I'm looking for.. I'm very open to living anywhere within the Portland area. I'm used to commuting (via car) to work in both Sth. Florida and in California. I'm concerned with living in an area that is considered middle class (not too high end and not too low end), diverse re: families/singles, ages, and to a certain extent diversity, as I love to learn about new cultures. I've just heard that there are areas where I would not be as comfortable due to certain attitudes towards race. I've experienced it some here in FL (normally further north) and in the Bay Area growing up (I lived not far from the Grand Wizard of the KKK). So when I mention diversity, I'm also looking at cultural/ethnic diversity without a hateful mentality that can come along with it. Where all types are intergrated into the community easily. Hope that helps :>

Asked By: Love to Travel :> - 1/8/2008
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Portland is a very nice place to live... More
Answered By: sobuhutch - 1/9/2008
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What about seattle?
Answered By: oops! - 1/8/2008
 
I just returned from Fl. and I'm wondering whats wrong with you guys? I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I'm trying to find a way out of here to Fl. Don't forget the cold weather and rain when you decide were you are going. Check out the winters and rain amount in Portland. Check it out really good........
Answered By: Alex G - 1/8/2008
 
I didn't live in Portland but I did go there for work. I can tell you I like Seattle better than Portland. :)
Answered By: llaha20 - 1/8/2008
 
I love living in Portland!!! It is a fairly liberal and green city especially for it's size. (But you are use to NY and SF... More
Answered By: LeighDesigns - 1/8/2008
 
Portland's cost of living is better than San Francisco or Seattle and the Transportation system is better. Seattle is a nightmare to drive around. We have a friend who moved here from Seattle. He was a Dr there ... he lived 2 miles from the hospital. When he was on call at the hospital. He said it would take him... More
Answered By: LadySnowbird - 1/9/2008
 
Portland is NOT very diverse. Like a previous responder stated there are "traditionally" African American neighborhoods. For the most part areas are either populated by African Americans OR by white people, and they are not well integrated... More
Answered By: Jen - 1/9/2008
 
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