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Old 10-17-2018, 01:44 PM
 
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My husband, dog, and I are looking to relocate to the Oregon coast. We have spent our lives living in a small beach town on the Outer Banks of NC and want to try somewhere new. I've tried reading about different coastal towns but I know every town is different and would like some advice from someone who really knows or has been to these places. Our economy here is completely driven by summer tourism and we are used to that lifestyle of save while you can and enjoy your slow season doing outdoors activities. I've worked in the service industry for ten years and can serve, bartend, cater, manage, anything in that field. My husband has a similar background but also wouldn't be opposed to commercial fishing or construction or something of that nature (we are both in our late twenties). Can anyone give us some direction as to which town might be a good fit? I know from living here certain small coast towns have different job/housing opportunities as well and the internet doesn't really tell me where I'd be able to find an apt or job realistically. Maybe I am barking up the wrong tree altogether? Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:08 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Huge difference in weather - here is a town on the Outer Banks that I randomly picked out vs Newport, Oregon (which I picked just because it is mid-coast). Scroll down to the weather sections and look at high and low temps, precipitations and clouds.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Newport-Oregon.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Kill-D...-Carolina.html
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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Thanks for responding! I'm okay with weather change...more concerned with which town to pick where we could find jobs, housing, friends, etc. Is Newport a good place for a young couple?
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:40 PM
 
Location: WA
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You'll find it quite tough to make enough to live on through service/tourist industry jobs in any town on the Oregon coast. Especially because housing is very expensive and tough to find because you are competing against all the AirBnB short term rentals. Lots of waitresses and bartenders on the Oregon coast who are living in camping trailers, campgrounds, and other transient situations because they can't afford the rent or even find places. If you can find a year-round job in healthcare or government that is a different situation.

I'm not sure any place is any better than another. The southern coast is very remote and is more older retirees. The northern coast from Newport to the Columbia has a bit more diverse economy and is closer to Portland and the other larger cities in Oregon so has a higher population and higher volume of weekend tourists and probably more service jobs as a result.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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You'll be able to find work in the fields you've listed, at least during the summer. The challenge will be to find any housing at all, let alone what you can afford. The south coast may have slightly more available options but less jobs.

On the other hand, there was a poster a few months ago who was moving to Coos Bay for a job and was told he'd end up living in a van, but he found a place right away.

I do see places available for rent, but the problem most seem to be struggling with right now is coming up with first/last/huge deposit.

The casinos always seem to be hiring, and I've heard they keep fairly busy during the winter. I think two people working tipped positions would probably do okay here if they were able to find housing. I can't advise moving out on a whim -- a lot of people who do that really do end up living in their cars, but I suspect that many, probably most, of them didn't come with enough money to get into a rental. If you do this, come with enough money to rent right away.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Is Newport a good place for a young couple?
Probably one of the better places.
It's in a good location, and close to Corvallis, Salem or Portland if needed.
It's on a big bay, Yaquina Bay. Say (Ya-KWIN-ah).
Kind of the south end of the northern coast, and the north end of the central coast.


A coastal town with a working fishing fleet and port, aquarium, tourist related stuff like a hokey waterfront, hotels, restaurants, etc, but not totally touristy east of the main drag, so if you wanted to live away from all that, it's possible.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I agree, Newport is one of the first places I'd suggest. The other is Astoria.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:48 PM
 
Location: WA
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And if you want to be on the water but not necessarily a stereotypical beach town you might find a lot more economic opportunities on some of the coastal towns on Puget Sound up in Washington State. They are on salt water on Puget Sound but not the open ocean beaches like in Oregon. Towns like Gig Harbor, Anacortes, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Townsend, etc. I would personally much prefer living in one of those smaller towns on Puget Sound than anything on the Oregon Coast. They would all have a LOT more economic opportunity for two 20-somethings than anything you can find on the Oregon Coast. The lifestyle is more about sailing, sea kayaking, and scuba diving compared to Oregon beaches which are more surfing and beach combing and para sailing. I would even look at small island towns such as in the San Juans or Whidby Island in Washington over most coastal towns in Oregon having lived in both areas myself. But then I'm much more into sailing, scuba diving, and kayaking than I am into surfing.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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My husband, dog, and I are looking to relocate to the Oregon coast. We have spent our lives living in a small beach town on the Outer Banks of NC and want to try somewhere new. I've tried reading about different coastal towns but I know every town is different and would like some advice from someone who really knows or has been to these places. Our economy here is completely driven by summer tourism and we are used to that lifestyle of save while you can and enjoy your slow season doing outdoors activities. I've worked in the service industry for ten years and can serve, bartend, cater, manage, anything in that field. My husband has a similar background but also wouldn't be opposed to commercial fishing or construction or something of that nature (we are both in our late twenties). Can anyone give us some direction as to which town might be a good fit? I know from living here certain small coast towns have different job/housing opportunities as well and the internet doesn't really tell me where I'd be able to find an apt or job realistically. Maybe I am barking up the wrong tree altogether? Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!
Newport and Coos Bay will have the most job opportunities. I think you should focus on finding jobs. Since you have experience, that should help. If you can find jobs, you shouldn't have a problem finding housing. Craigslist is filled with ads for rentals starting from $500 a month, many of them available immediately. So finding a place to live should not be a problem, if you have jobs. However finding a "nice" place is another story. Lots of the low end rentals can be pretty substandard, and for better quality places, the management companies can be choosy. So you will need to have employment and personal references. Good luck.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Newport over Coos Bay hands down.

If you "crash and burn" in Coos Bay, you are pretty much stuck there.

If that happens in Newport, you have quick access to NW Oregon, which includes the big towns like the Portland metro area, Vancouver, WA, Salem, etc...plus all the close coastal towns like Lincoln City, Garibaldi, Seaside, Tillamook, Astoria, etc.

All which can be reached within a couple of hours drive from Newport.

Coos Bay is kind of isolated in that respect.
I have heard of Coos Bay being compared to Aberdeen, WA.
Not too good.
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