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View Poll Results: Where would you rather live?
Kansas City 38 48.10%
Portland 41 51.90%
Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Passaic, NJ
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Pros/Cons, economy, jobs, brighter future/potential, cost of living, local mindset, culture, nightlife, more to do, urban amenities, cosmopolitan or provincial.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Oregon or Maine?
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:12 AM
 
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oregon or maine?
Portland, OR
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Passaic, NJ
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seems like KC is cheaper, but not sure bout the jobs?
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Economy: Kansas City

Jobs: Kansas City

Brighter Future: Portland

Cost of Living: Kansas City

Local Mindset: ?

Culture: Kansas City

Night Life: Portland

Stuff to do: Both

Urban Amenities: Portland

Cosmopolitan: Portland

Shopping: Kansas City

Interstate Access: Kansas City
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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It's cheaper to live in a rat-infested apartment than it is to live in a McMansion ... does that mean it's more preferable?
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:02 AM
 
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Oh gosh. Interesting comparison, but this one really isn't close. Portland is beginning to rival Seattle and Vancouver, BC as the most interesting and vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest. Kansas City is an oasis of culture and urbanity in the Great Plains, but it doesn't really hold a candle to any West Coast metro. Heck, it doesn't even compare to Denver.

Portland is emerging as a destination city. KC is a great place to live, but you wouldn't plan a vacation there unless you lived in driving distance.

Portland wins for airport, scenery, amenities, diversity, and urbanity. Kansas City wins for cultural heritage, American food (love that barbecue) and probably museums. But too much of KC is stuck in the 80s and 90s -- suburban sprawl, massive shopping malls, Johnson County, office parks off the freeway, an airport that's located 25 miles away, etc. A Portland Timbers game is a better fan experience than a Chiefs game at Arrowhead. The Pearl trumps the Plaza. Midwest cities are usual friendlier than West Coast cities, but Portland is as friendly as KC.

Two HUGE pluses for KC however are cost-of-living/real estate, and the weather. On those grounds, Portland is definitely the city to visit, but the two are tied in terms of where to live.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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Kansas City is the type of place you leave the day after you graduate from high school for a city like Portland, OR.

I'll leave it at that.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:51 AM
 
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KC wins in BBQ

Portland everything else
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Portland is sexier and prettier and has amazing rail transit for a city its size, but KC is every bit as livable and cultural and urban (for less money). I would say Portland is slightly better, but it's honestly a very close race.
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