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Old 01-24-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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I just finished up my residency in the Bay Area and I'm looking for a place to move. I have no interest staying in the Bay Area. I was trying to decide on Los Angeles or Portland, OR.

I'm having a hard time decide which one to choose.
I was brought up in the suburbs of Portland and that's where my family is, but I'm not 100% sure if I want to live there, again. I liked Portland, but I wasn't crazy about the rainy and cold weather.
Although I'm used to Portland and my family is there, I'm curious about the Los Angeles metro area. What are the pros/cons? How does it compare to Portland and its pros/cons?
I'm looking for a place that I can easily settle down in and have a family, you know, stereotypical things.

Any input would be great!
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I was brought up in the suburbs of Portland and that's where my family is,


I'm looking for a place that I can easily settle down in and have a family, you know, stereotypical things.
All other things being equal (jobs, housing) I'd chose Portland since your family is there.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Having spent some time in Portland ...

Pros compared to LA:
- Lower cost of living.
- Less traffic. Rush hour is NOTHING compared to LA.
- Folks generally are more mellow; not as much of the hustle and bustle as it is down here.

Cons compared to LA:
- The weather. It's wet more often than it's dry, and cloudy/overcast way more often than its sunny.
- Job market. As much as it sucks in LA, it's worse up there.

The thing is, being close to your family is a huge consideration ... and a reason why I stayed in SoCal.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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Yeah, the family part is getting me. Relatively small family, but it's family.
I would like to be near them and see them weekly and stuff, but I'd easily be able to afford to fly up there from Los Angeles several times a year.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'd easily be able to afford to fly up there from Los Angeles several times a year.
Not the same - especially if/when you have kids.

I remember living in another state(s) (CO and AL) and attending my kids' soccer and basketball games. In addition to the other parents there were other kids' grandparents - and our kids' grandparents (in CA) weren't there.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Not the same - especially if/when you have kids.

I remember living in another state(s) (CO and AL) and attending my kids' soccer and basketball games. In addition to the other parents there were other kids' grandparents - and our kids' grandparents (in CA) weren't there.
This is true. That is an important factor.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: california
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Your heart seems to be on portland.
If you decide on la, you won't stay.
You're just curious.
I say go back home. You can always vacation here.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: california
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Your heart seems to be on portland.
If you decide on la, you won't stay.
You're just curious.
I say go back home. You can always vacation in cali.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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I find te decision hard because of my family, weather, and the communities. I spent a couple weeks down there, and I found some communities really attractive, like Santa Clarita. And the only place like Santa Clarita in Oregon is Lake Oswego, and that's not nearly as nice, aesthetically. The nice neighborehoods and even nicer weather is what I find appealing about California.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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I was born in the PNW and raised alternately there and in Boston, then moved to LA and was there for five years. I got back up to Oregon a few times while I lived there, and later lived in Seattle, but got down to Portland a few times while I was there.

Objectively speaking:

Portland Pros
- Much lower cost of living
- Cleaner air
- Less traffic
- Great arts scene for a city its size
- Great culinary scene for a city its size
- Within a hour and a half's drive to areas like Mt. Hood, or the high desert south of it
- No sales tax (!) - if you would be okay with living across the river in Vancouver, you can live and work in WA and not pay income tax, then drive 15 minutes across the bridge and not pay sales tax! How cool is that?

Portland Cons
- Not as cosmopolitan as LA by any measure
- Despite the performing arts scene, it can be a little boring
- Smaller population = fewer medical centers = fewer opportunities for job growth
- Weather can be pretty crummy
- Generally higher cost for produce

LA Pros
- Doesn't get much more cosmopolitan than LA
- Better Weather
- If you're a high-earner, LA is a rich (wo)man's playground
- Excellent music, arts scenes
- Major universities like UCLA and USC provide great options in terms of medical research
- Major hospitals like Cedars-Sinai have excellent advancement opportunities

LA Cons
- Exorbitant housing costs
- Traffic
- Smog
- General dirtiness

FTR, I have dear friends who live out in Santa Clarita, and the cost of real estate isn't that bad. I wouldn't plan on living in Santa Clarita and commuting into LA proper; traffic can be dire... but if you were to work in the area, it's not a bad idea. Air quality is way better, traffic from one town to another isn't bad at all, people are generally pretty friendly and mellow, and it's generally a cool area to raise a family.

Personally, I would choose to live in Santa Clarita over the Portland area. I'm from Boston, and it was only three weeks ago that a family member finally moved out here to San Francisco. It's been hard being away from my parents and sisters... being 3,000 miles away when there's a family tragedy sucks. The flipside is that it can be nice to have a buffer zone between you and your family - my family up in the PNW is a disaster, and I like being insulated from their problems. I've found that my own personal happiness in an area, at the end of the day, overrides my desire to be in close proximity to my family.
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