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Old 04-06-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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Hey guys, I just need some advice on which city would best fit my interests in order to relocate. I'm a 31- year-old guy and I'm looking forward to settle in the right place for me. What I'm looking for is a green city with lots of open spaces and great for the outdoors. I also love the alternative rock music scene and the change of seasons, with some snow in the winter. I did some resdearch and I declined for these two cities. While one is great for the greenery, outdoorsy and alternative rock it rains a lot and there's no much snow. On the other hand the other has good change of seasons and snow in the winter but it doesn't seem very green. Considering that I have never been to any of these cities I would really appreciate your help. Insight comments are welcome!

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Default Good summation

I lived in Vancouver, Washington across the river from Portland about a hundred years ago, and lived in the Denver metro area twice for a total of 14 years. You've summed up weather vs green very well.

I personally like Denver a lot more because of the low humidity, the number of winter days that you can be outside without a heavy coat, the nearness and ease of the getting up into the mountains, and the diversity of people that live there (more people that live in Colorado are from somewhere else than are natives).

On the other hand, the landscape as a whole is quite brown in the summer as Denver is on a semi arid plain. But come fall the mountains are alive with two colors--green (evergreens) and yellow (aspens). It is a gorgeous scenic view and my favorite time of the year there.

As far as the music scene, I'm not sure about alternative music. Years ago my son was lead singer in a small band that performed in a number of clubs. They were into light rock. His opinion is that the music scene is good, but not as good as, say, Austin, Texas. But I wouldn't swelter in Austin for the sake of anybody's music!! In fact, we are planning to depart Texas in about a year.

The other thing to consider is COL. Denver is probably going to run a bit more than Portland. Car registration is out of sight expensive and there is a flat 5% income tax rate on all taxable income (tied into the Federal income tax rate). Plus you have a sales tax that varies either by city or county, don't remember now. Oregon has a sales tax, but I don't think they have an income tax, not sure.

I liked Vancouver/Portland as a young man--but given an opportunity to plop down in one spot or the other, I would choose Denver in a heartbeat.

Good luck.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Thank you very much Mr. Wardendresden for your insightful comments. You help a lot.

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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Actually Washington has no income tax and Oregon has no sales tax.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Actually Washington has no income tax and Oregon has no sales tax.
Thanks for setting me straight, Westbound, living in Washington/Oregon was a long, long time ago in a far away galaxy!!
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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Portland hands down. Better scenery, better food, and closer to WA.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Default You have a limited view of scenic! :)

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Portland hands down. Better scenery, better food, and closer to WA.
Having stood atop Mt. Hood and Pike's Peak, I understand why Katherine Lee Bates, a midwesterner, wrote her poem, America the Beautiful, after standing atop Pike's Peak--about an hour and half south of Denver.

O' beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountains majesties
Above the fruited plain.

The first time I stood on Pike's Peak and looked west at row after row of mountains, then turned east to see fifty miles or more across the plains it sent shivers down my spine. The only thing on Mt. Hood that got me shivering was the cold!

Now with regard to food in Portalnd vs. Denver, I can't even make a comparison. Food in Texas is better than both Portland and Denver. Guess that's why I'm 15 pounds heavier now.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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I love Denver, but if you want "a green city with lots of open space great for outdoors", you might want to consider Boulder as well. It's only 40 minutes away from Denver, and more expensive, but it fits your description to a T.

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I love Denver, but if you want "a green city with lots of open space great for outdoors", you might want to consider Boulder as well. It's only 40 minutes away from Denver, and more expensive, but it fits your description to a T.
I completely agree with you. Boulder would be a great option.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Thank you, actually i had just started considering Boulder

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