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Old 01-23-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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RayChi,
Salem is a very family oriented city. It is the state capitol so state jobs are huge here (45,000 or so). I think Salem Hospital is the next largest employer after that. Salem is cheaper than Eugene or Portland, and there are several small town surrounding it that are less expensive as well. It all depends on what type of work you are looking for and how you define affordability.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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Default Eastern Oregon

We enjoy the sun in the Eastern portion of the state. The weather can be more dynamic; with all four seasons being wonderful. The cost of living is also lower. Skiing is great, and the summer fishing isn't shabby either. All the big game hunters come here as well. Best of luck
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:13 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley
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Oregon sunshine. There are basically three tiers. Bottom tier is Portland, Salem, Eugene. Middle tier is Medford and Klamath Falls. Top tier is Eastern Oregon, including Bend, Burns, Pendleton, and LaGrande. But except for Bend, nobody apparently wants to live in the other cities mentioned.
Not quite right - Klamath Falls has more sun than either Medford and Bend.

EDIT: most of the cities east of the Cascades are much colder in winter and not quite as hot in summer. So if you don;t want to deal with snow, stay on the flats to the west of the Cascades.

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Old 10-30-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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I've lived in Portland all my life, there's not much activities for a 23 year old but it's a beautiful, VERY clean, outdoorsy type of city with great food too. We have 4 seasons but sometimes it seems like 3 (not usually warm spring weather, still rainy but beautiful flowers etc.) we don't get a lot of snow unless you go to the mountains, maybe snows on average 2-3 times per year maybe less. There is a lot of rain but that's why it's so green here. We have HOT summers, last summers we had over 100 degree weather it was unbearable..
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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Also, compared to Seattle, much cleaner, less crime, less city/night life/things to do, more modern hippies, warmer weather, less rain, less cloudy, more nature and outdoor activities, sports..
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:56 AM
 
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I've heard many folks saying there's more cloudy days in Seattle than in Portland, but Portland has more rain.
If you are looking for sun in oregon,more than 2~3 months out of the year? Good luck,no chance on this side of the mountain. You want eastern oregon,ontario, bend,umatilla
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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Oregon sunshine. There are basically three tiers. Bottom tier is Portland, Salem, Eugene. Middle tier is Medford and Klamath Falls. Top tier is Eastern Oregon, including Bend, Burns, Pendleton, and LaGrande. But except for Bend, nobody apparently wants to live in the other cities mentioned.
I would say there are four tiers. From cloudiest to sunniest:

1. the coast
2. the Willamette Valley
3. the Rogue Valley
4. the Bunchgrass Empire (east of the Cascades)

After a few years on the southern coast, I'm amazed by how sunny and dry Eugene and Portland feel by comparison.
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