What are the pros and cons of portland OR. and Oswego OR?
I'm going to be moving to Oswego most likely after I graduate high school this year. Im from the Bay Area in California, but I've never really fit in with these people. They're snobbish, rude, mean, and especially in my area live in a bubble. Im planning on moving because I heard there are some nice nursing colleges in oregon, and my mom wants to move closer to her boyfriend who lives in portland.
I love art communities, my favorite place here in the bay is berkeley.
So.. what are the pros and cons? Any advice is helpful :]
Is that the kid that was in lords of dogtown?
:P Weird answer, but thanks ahahah
Asked By: Hello! - 8/6/2009
Hey there! Well, I lived in the Portland/Salem Oregon area my whole life. I am currently 25. We recently moved to Virginia for the military. I miss Oregon dearly. But Pros and Cons can vary from opinion to opinion...
First off, crime. Honestly, it is so minimal. Portland is Oregon's "big" city. There is so LITTLE crime compared to California. Portland is still a decently big city with busy streets, lots of traffic and all. Really not all that peaceful in the city. But there are TONS of great cities right outside of Portland that are much nicer, safer, less traffic and still very close to jobs such as Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, Beaverton and so on. They are all like 15-20 min away. About 30min South is the capital of Oregon... Salem. It's a smaller city than Portland but there is more land and room. Our Southern and Eastern parts are beautiful. Not a lot of jobs, but those are our resort and peaceful places to visit. Such as Redmond, Bend, Grants Pass and so on. Oregon is pretty based on I-5. It goes through all the major cities. Everything East of it is mostly country, farms, land, lakes and so on.
And jobs are decently available here. Some people are just lazy and like EVERYWHERE right now, jobs are a but harder to come across, sure. Things are more affordable in Oregon than Cali. Gas and no sales tax either. We have quite a few farms and outskirts. Again, I lived there my whole life and not once saw a crime, gang or violence. It is here yes, but you just know where not to go and not get involved with those kind of people. They pretty much stay to themselves.
Diversity... not so much. Not sure why. Mostly caucasions, and a decent amount of hispanics. They are awesome and fast workers. Everyone is decently friendly. It's not a racist state at all either! :)
We have all the typicals with movies theaters, bowling, clubs, zoos, small amusement parks, fishing, drag strips, car shows, camping, hiking, biking, sports, and all that still.
I think you will like Oregon. It's very green, there are TONS of camping, lakes, rivers, hiking, 4 wheeling, city, country and all that kind of things there.
In that area you are 1-2 hours away from everything... the beach, snowy mountains, desert, lakes and all.
The Weather: The Summer months are average in the 70's-90's from May to October. July, August and some of September there is nearly no rain and pretty warm. (80's-90's) We get quite a but of overcast and rain from the end of October to May. (Thats why we are the green state) The very cold (30's-40's) are around from November to February. Once February comes around there will be a few days here and there that are nice. Sometimes a week or 2. About once a year we get a nice snow storm that will let snow stick for about a week. And once or twice a year you will get a couple inches of snow that will last like a day or 2. Or an Ice storm here or there. They are pretty short lived. The summers here though... so priceless. It does not get very humid. There is a day or 2 sometimes. No tornados, no hurricanes, no major natural disasters really. There was 1 minor earthquake once that I can recall. No damage done really. I actually slept through it. We also don't have to worry about scorpions, snakes, spiders and all that really. Some rare parts have them, but hardly. If your camping in the far out wilderness, bears could be an issue. Misquitos are not too bad. If you are by a swampy area or still water, there are more. But not like here in Virginia... you get eaten alive here! AH! :)
We have cool things here like a place in Southern Oregon where you can stay in tree houses 30-50ft in the trees just like a hotel. We have lots of caves you can tour. Quite a few different water falls parks and hiking trails. Lots of white water rafting. Pretty much everything. The ocean is cold though.
Also, the location is decent too. We are a just a 4-5 hour drive to California, either a short 2 hour flight or 14 hour drive to both Vegas and LA (Disneyland, Hollywood, Seaworld, 6 flags, Knotts Berry Farm and all) Short and cheap 5 hour flight to Hawaii with flights leaving directly from Portland. 3 hour drive from Seattle, Washington. 3.5 Hour drive to Canada. Colorado is about a 1 day drive. It's a good place to be.
What I like about Oregon is it is a little of everything. Not too extreme in any area. Everything is in a decent moderation.
I'd say give it a shot. Most people who leave Oregon want to go back so badly. There is no place like Oregon. I personally would like a little more warm weather there... but it's still priceless.
Well, I hoped I helped you with your question, Take care!
Answered By: mandygb1984 - 8/6/2009