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Old 08-05-2011, 04:18 PM
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Well, we're not newlyweds yet but we're getting there (wedding is next fall!). My fiance and I are looking to move to Oregon from Ohio within the next 2 years.

He is a EMT-b and I teach ESL at a university, but will probably be going back to school shortly to get my early childhood teaching license.

We'd like to move to the western side of the state, fairly close to the ocean (within a few hours; close enough for a long weekend or vacation). We'd like snow, at least a little, and somewhat distinct seasons (no year-round 75 degrees for us). We're also both very outdoorsy, and would love local hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, all of that. Also, we're young (both currently 23, hoping to get there by the time we're 25) and would like some sort of nightlife/art/music/culture to keep us busy. We'll probably start off in a bigger city, to help us find jobs and an apartment, but eventually we'd like to have a house more in the country (but not so remote that we're cut off from everything).

Any ideas? Where should I start checking out? thanks!
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:48 PM
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Check Salem, Corvallis, McMinnville and Eugene, all four have universities and get a couple days of snow a year (or you can hit up the cascades for skiing if you're not getting enough) EMT B can be rough for finding employment anywhere sometimes, but there are good sized hospitals and a few ambulance companies in all of those areas.
Short hop to the beach, and if you can afford land there's some nice horse appropriate properties out of town.
Albany would probably do in a pinch too.

I know from living in Salem that the most affordable rural properties are in either Dallas or Turner and Aumsville. Dallas gives you more choices for jobs as you have Monmouth (think there's another college there too?) and Independance and if your fiance' is just *not* finding EMT employment quickly enough the security staff at Spirit Mountain Casino can opt to be trained as first responders and he could probably get a very decent job there quickly as an EMT B. It isn't exactly emergency medicine but the pay and benefits are good and its stable.
If he's up for it encourage him to continue his studies to paramedic. Once he hits that there are bridge to RN programs that will get him into an ER. (without breaking a leg that is (:P))
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