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Thinking of Moving to Coos bay area, (young couple)
hey everyone. I'm 23, married to military and thinking of moving to coosbay or around it within the next year.
I've been doing some research. I purchased a month subscription to the TheWorldLink, and have been looking at houses.
I'm a Surgical Technologist and my husband is a Welder. we make about 65-70k a year, with no kids, nor any in the near future. We've got about 30k saved up just for this move.
He's getting out soon, and it seems coos bay has nearly everything we would want. plus, it's near all our family -and friends.
can you guys answer a few questions for me?
-Diversity, Is that a problem there? I mean I read somewhere that the population is 88% percent white.
I'm Native American and my husband is white. Well obviously if we had a child, it would look ethnic. Would that be a problem for him/her growing up in that town?
-What about the houses in that area, I've seen some really good deals, then some extremely outrageous prices. Do you think we could find a proper one with our income and savings?
-Are there good jobs available in that area for what me and my husband and I do?
-also, Is there a WALMART. because I really really really hate walmart and everything it stands for. And if there is, does it seem like everyone and their mom goes there for EVERYTHING? are there a lot of small popular businesses?
We were stationed in GA for quite a while, and I'm asking about walmart for that reason.Originally from CA.
I know, this may sound like a lot of questions, but it seems like the perfect place and we are just really eager.
thanks in advance.
well Hi - I live in Coos Bay and can answer some of your questions.
Yes, there is a WalMart, in fact, a Supercenter Walmart and yes, it is the main place people go for about anything. We do have a small Fred Meyers, a BiMart, and a small KMart as well. Safeway and Albertsons, and some small mom/pop stores.
If you can get in at the hospital, great. Otherwise, make sure you have a job secure before you move here! The economy is among the most depressed in Oregon and when someone gets a job here, they tend to hold on very tight to it cuz there arent very many decent ones to go around. There are several job openings, but the majority pay min. wage.
Housing prices can be high here. If you see a good deal, make sure its not on a flood plain! Ive seen a few houses that were underwater last year, drained out and up for sale this year. along w/all the rot and mold they now have. Some of the "good deals" have some pretty major work to be done on them. I read recently that Coos Bay/North Bend area is one of the few areas left in Oregon where housing prices are still raising and above what they are worth. Not nearly as bad here as in Bend area, but still. --- You can still find some good deals if youve got the $$. There are some incredible houses here and many with great historical value.
A large part of our community is Native American. There is an entire housing subdivision (with an incredible view of the ocean!!) here where you have to be NA to live there. - there are several programs in the area specifically for people of Native American heritage. I dont think you'll run into any/many problems in that area. I dont think you and your husband will have anyone giving you issues.
btw, we are also a Coast Guard town. - so we're used to "military"
I love living here, I love the friendly people and the smaller town feel. But there are of course, both sides to every story. We do have a huge meth problem, theres not a whole lot to do here if youre not into spending time outside, I just would highly recommend you come and visit us here first before making any decisions.
Please feel free to holler for me if you have any other questions about this area.
wow, thanks for all your information. It certainly gives me another prespective on things.
Are there any jobs for welders?
I wasn't raised on a reservation and I have no actual proof that I'm native american besides how I look, so I doubt they will give me any special privilages. and now a days people who are hispanic claim the be NA all the time.(well technically they are NA, just not of america) Also I am not of their tribe, I'm of the Pawnee tribe from OK.
blah, I hate walmart.
We are planning a trip soon to visit his sister who lives about half an hour away so we can take a look around.
Do you know of any other beach towns in OR that do not have such depressed economy and good housing costs?
I'd vote for the Coos Bay/North Bend area for you too. As for welding jobs, have him visit and put his applications in at all the ship welding/metal and steel fabricators along Front Street on the Bay in North Bend/Coos Bay. He might also try Charleston dock area. Another place to consider would be on Highway 101 just north of Reedsport where the bridge construction company is located. I think there's also a small hospital up that way too.
With your salaries and DINK status, you can do better than Snooze Bay. As has been mentioned on this forum many times, the Oregon Coast is not demographically balanced; it is mostly retired folks who live here. You should look at Eugene or Corvallis (Corvallisites have repeatedly repelled WalMart with the enthusiasm of Turks driving back the Ottoman Empire). Both are within an hour's drive of the beach, yet have a social scene that will support the interests of young people. At the coast you'd be burning the economic candle at both ends: housing costs are higher than they are in the valley and you'd be getting paid less as well. There is also minimal entertainment because many coastal residents are on fixed incomes or earn minimum wage and are tight with their money. It can be a good place to retire for those who can't stand temperatures above 59F, but it's not a good place to build careers.
First off, I think you should lose the attitude about Wal-Mart. If that is one of your criteria for finding a place to live, you're a little off balance. There are many wonderful communities that have a Wal-Mart and casting them off is totally ignorant. Would you cast off a community that has an Exxon station after the Valdez debacle?
Having said that, it's going to depend on what you want for a community. CB is full of retirees and does not have a lot of young people. It is one of the oldest counties in Oregon in terms of median age. This is due to its distance from metro areas and it's limited employment opportunities. Housing costs are not as bad as most of Western Oregon because it has a history of unemployment. As a result, with your incomes, you would live quite comfortably. I know the hospital down there is a very good one and is always looking for qualified personnel. I don't think you will have a problem with racism (although it happens everywhere) since that area has a decent size population of Native Americans.
Weather can include lots of rain during the winter. Autumns and summers can be wonderful as it's kind of a banana belt. Of course, the Oregon Coast is glorious even during the winter with rain and clouds. You feel like you're witnessing creation.
Don't know if you've had your questions answered yet. So I'll put in my two cents.
Ethnic diversity.....not much. 88% white, however the remaining percentage is largely native american with a small portion of asian, hispanic, russian, etc. Your children would fit in fine here
Work - You both should be able to find jobs here. There is a nice hospital here and a surgery center that you would probably be able to find work at, and your husband should be able to find work on the docks, repairing ships, etc.
Walmart - yes, there is a Walmart, and yes, most of the area utilizes it. You have to understand that the younger families are by and large lower middle class and in the poverty level....so walmart is a God send to them. However, there are plenty of smaller popular stores where you can get building supplies, lighting, clothing, groceries, etc....and the prices are fairly competitive. You will pay a little bit more, but I feel it is worth it.
Other stores...there are two Bimarts,Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer Super center, There is a small mall that has Maurices, Fuel, Ross Dress for less, Penney's, Macy's, Claire's, and other small private businesses. There are some art studios on the Mezanine level and the military offices and realty offices on that level. This is quite a small mall, but serves it's purpose.
Culture....We have a multiplex theater with stadium seating, several small live theater groups that are well supported in the community, a casino. The sand dunes are out the back door...about 10 minutes driving time from just about any location. The bay is beautiful and there is great Salmon and Steelhead fishing here. California is several hours away, and you could definintely do a road trip to see the redwoods.
Housing - The market is improving after being in a bubble for a while. You can find affordable housing here, and being that you have some savings, if your credit is OK, not perfect, you will have no problem purchasing a home here.
My husband and I recently purchased a home for 175,000. 3+ bedroom, 1 bath, view of the bay. This house needed some renovation that we were willing to do, so we got a good price. THere are some houses below this level and many above. I think the housing market will continue to lower prices over the next year or so.
I could go on. I hope I answered most of your questions. If you have more questions, I'd be happy to answer them. email me privately
Having lived in Coosbay for 12 years ( not anymore) . As a young couple also (30) I do not think you will be happy in coosbay. All though you both are professionals you my or may not enjoy the night scene - and considering you do not have children. There really is NOTHING for a young couple to do in coosbay. and the day life - the beaches are far away , and there is not a whole lot, some , but not a lot of hicking or what not. i would consider moving norht farther - like newport or possibly even corvallis - it is only an hour from the coast and can offer you alot more when not working than coosbay - or as one put it "Snooze Bay" . ( i like that one)
man, ya'll make me feel old and boring. Im and live here in Coos Bay. - grant you, theres NOT a whole lot to do. The mall is dinky, and life is quite a bit slower here, but ya know, maybe Im weird, but Im happy here. Theres pretty much everything I need (or my kids/husband needs) I disagree with the comment about the beaches being far away. It takes me about 5 minutes to drive to Sunset Bay State Park. - or Shore Acres State Park. I can go 15 minutes the other way, across the bridge and go to the beach along where the New Carrissa sits. - there are parks aplenty here, and Empire Lakes. with plenty of hiking about. Mingus park is cool, with the Japanese gardens and acres of frisbee football, not to mention the lake, the playgrounds/etc. Theres the Mill Casino, which btw is undergoing a HGUE 40+million dollor upgrade. Good for a fun night of Gambling and the Buffet is terrific. Grant you, if youre into the clubbing scene, youre gonna be real unhappy here. - I work with kids, and I can say, theres an awful lot of people here who are the same age range as me. Several preschools, playgroups, schools, kids stuff so obviously not everyone is of the elderly generation. Grant you, there are a lot of elderly people here too. But dont think that if you are in your 20s or 30s, youre gonna come here and have people staring at you like youre a freak of nature. lol - And hey, I used to live in a faster pace city. I lived in Beaverton/Tigard not so long ago, and ya, when I first moved here, I was a bit shell shocked. But the biggest deal for me, (besides leaving family/friends) was the lack of mall/big stores. So, now, I make the 2hr drive to Eugene if I want to hit a mall or do some real shopping. Personally, for me, the beautiful beaches, fresh crab, and no road rage make it all up. But hey, each to their own. Its definatly not for everyone. As with anywhere, before you make up your mind, VISIT. Come and see for yourself.
Best of luck!!
Tiffany (the old, deprived and neglected. jk! lol)
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