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Old 05-04-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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What would you do?

For us:

Oregon
Pros: Portland, its walkability, the fact that my husband loves it, it's on the West Coast, its diversity (we are a racially diverse family ourselves), its natural beauty, and of course, affordability.
Cons: Heard that public schools are not that great, the nearest big city is 2 hours away, AND, husband would have to work Saturdays and Sundays (he's in car sales)

Connecticut:
Pros: its proximity to two big cities (either NY or Boston depending on where you live), its natural beauty, GREAT public schools, AND the fact that hubby would have Sundays OFF (we have a 5 year old boy)

Cons: Cost of living, lack of diversity, pervasive suburban feel, and, from what I've read and been told, materialism and a little bit of a snobby attitude.

I don't know. My husband grew up in the Bay Area so he loves colder climates. He really likes Portland but we'd love for our son to have his family together on Sundays. I'm Asian, and so I need to feel some diversity around me. But all in all I can adjust almost anywhere.

Again... what would you do?

Thanks

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Back in New York
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If it was me I would choose Portland. Nicer weather, walkability, more affordable, more liberal (organic farming, health concious). If your husband likes cold weather CT is colder. From what I understand Portland is not racially diverse. Its one of the "whitest" cities in the country whereas the NY metro area has an ever growing Asian population.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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If it was me I would choose Portland. Nicer weather, walkability, more affordable, more liberal (organic farming, health concious). If your husband likes cold weather CT is colder. From what I understand Portland is not racially diverse. Its one of the "whitest" cities in the country whereas the NY metro area has an ever growing Asian population.

Thank you cleancuthippie (love that name!)
The thing is we'd be living in CT, not NY itself (most likely NOT in Fairfield County due to costs but further away from NY), so I wonder how the diversity factor changes once you're in suburban CT...

Thank you so much for your reply though. The more replies the merrier.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Back in New York
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Southern NY, Northern NJ, and Southern CT are considered part of the NY metro area. CT historically was a bue blood wasp area. While that still exsists in CT there is much more diversity now fortunately so honestly I would not worry about that. The desicion you make should strictly come down to which area you like from a geographical standpoint. If price is a factor CT is certainly more expensive. Portland would be a better investment IMO.
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