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View Poll Results: Where would you relocate to?
Portland, OR 74 39.78%
Portland, ME 36 19.35%
Albuquerque, NM 28 15.05%
Miami, FL 52 27.96%
Sacramento, CA 33 17.74%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 186. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2015, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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The discussion over ABQ really made me want to visit, but I guess it won't be a priority haha.

I do feel like your concern over conservative states is a bit overblown...otherwise you might consider TX cities (not just Austin) and NC as well. Of your remaining options, Portland is my first choice and Miami second, but factoring in cost limitations makes them very close despite their vast differences. Also, I have no kids, just yet, so I've not looked too carefully into school districts.

fwiw, my wife went to an absolutely horrible school in Miami but was valedictorian and turned out extremely successful. I went to a top public school in Jax (we were ranked #1 by Newsweek when I was a sophomore and junior) and career-wise I definitely was on a lower trajectory than her when we first met. Just saying, circumstances and individuals mean much more than school.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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So we've narrowed it down to Portland, OR or Miami, FL. We're going to visit both soon and make our decision. Thanks for votes and advice. Both very different but with big advantages.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Nice. Good luck!! Portland weather may win out this time of year
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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So we've done our trip to Portland. It's beautiful in the summer. Loads of stuff to do, the downtown is cool. The Washington suburbs have some great homes and very affordable. Camas was our favorite. Good schools and a lot of investment by the looks of things. The 0% income tax in Washington may be the deciding factor.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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The words safe, good public schools, and miami should never be in the same sentence.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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We would live in either Boca Raton, Parkland or Weston.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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While the state of North Carolina as a whole is somewhat conservative - how about Raleigh-Durham? The area is clean and green, with four distinct but not extreme seasons, modern infrastructure, top notch schools and universities, diverse population, and plenty of cultural and outdoor amenities.

But if you're set on either south Florida or metro Portland, I think the latter region would be an easier adjustment from Orange County. South Florida has a much higher concentration of undesirable areas and the summer heat and humidity drag on for months. In my opinion a nice place to visit in the winter, but not so much to live. Portland is a much more balanced region, and you could capitalize on the advantages of a Washington residence and shopping and other activities in Oregon.

BTW I was raised in Irvine ... which wasn't cheap a generation ago, but is now beyond ridiculous when modest homes on tiny lots are selling for seven figures. Moving out of Orange County in the late 1990s was one of the best decisions I ever made.
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Sac-Town for me.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Miami, Floroda
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Miami. It's warm, beautiful, plenty to do, great nightlife.
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Off to Miami in a few weeks to do the final piece of research. At this point it's between Portland, OR and Miami.
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