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Old 08-08-2013, 11:36 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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Friend of mine born across the river in Vancouver WA moved to Portland when she was in her twenties. She moved to Vegas in her thirties and loved it. When the recession hit in the early part of this decade, she moved back to Portland hoping to find better opportunity for work but found she really missed Vegas more than she ever thought she would.

So although there were more jobs here, she moved back to Vegas and was a lot happier there. The moral of the story is that not all places are for all people. She simply preferred what Vegas had to offer over Portland. I suggest that if the OP is considering both these cities strongly as the two contenders for relocation, she spend a good amount of time in both exploring talking to people who actually live there as opposed to getting second hand information from people who don't on the Internet and then make up her mind.

Regarding the TV show "Portlandia," it is written by a New Yorker who has only recently relocated to the wealthiest part of Portland to live six months out of the year. The Portland he shows is about a small percentage of the people living here. Like all comedies, it is exaggerated satire. And it is not much different than any other city that has a population of young people who tend to live in the most trendy manner.

If anyone has ever watched the show "Two Broke Girls," in the beginning of the show they do their hipster commentary. It could be right out of "Portlandia" only it takes place in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
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