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Unread 06-03-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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Default Most Conservative Towns

Hello Everyone!

My family and I are considering a move to the Portland area to be closer to family. Can you offer any insight into which cities/town are most conservative in that area? Or any other area that you might recommend?

Thank you in advance!
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Unread 06-03-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Portland and most of it's suburbs tend to vote Democratic. I would think that if you want a more conservative community you would need to head into Columbia county in the smaller towns of Scappose or St. Helens.

I don't know the politics of Banks, but it is a wonderful small community in Washington county.

Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas county are always blue for elections. If you want conservative in Oregon you really need to not be in the valley.
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Unread 06-03-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Wy
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I agree the Valley is not the place to be.

A lot of Eastern Oregon is conservative.

However Bend is becoming a liberal city last I heard... but other parts of Eastern Oregon I have heard are great...

If I stilled lived in Oregon I would chose somewhere on the eastern side...
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Unread 06-03-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Wy
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I grew up in Oregon and have lived there all my life... but we moved to Wyoming to find a more conservative lifestyle...
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Unread 06-03-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies! I truly appreciate the information. Can you suggest some specific areas that are more Eastern Oregon?
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Unread 06-03-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Wy
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Ontario, Vale, Baker City, Pendleton, Hermiston, La Grande

Those come to mind off the top of my head... if i can think of anymore I will respond with those too...
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Unread 06-03-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Wy
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Default Here is a better list of towns... with links to city web pages.

Baker County

Baker City
Baker City Website
2006 population - 10,035
County - Baker
Map of Baker (provided by oregon.gov)

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Grant County

John Day
John Day City Website
2006 population - 1,850
County - Grant
John Day Map (provided by oregon.gov)

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Lake County

Lakeview
2006 population - 2,655
County - Lake
Map of Lakeview (provided by oregon.gov)

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Malheur County

Ontario
Ontario City Website
2006 population - 11,325
County - Malheur
Ontario City Map(provided by oregon.gov)

Nyssa
Nyssa City Website
2006 population - 3,220
County - Malheur
Nyssa City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

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Union County

La Grande
La Grande City Website (http://www.ci.la-grande.or.us/index_nf.cfm - broken link)
2006 population - 12,540
County - Union
La Grande City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

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Umatilla County

Athena
Atena City Website
2006 population - 1,270
County - Umatilla
Athena City map(provided by oregon.gov)

Hermiston
Hermiston City Website
2006 population - 15,410
County - Umatilla
Hermiston City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

Pendleton
Pendleton City Website
2006 population - 17,310
County - Umatilla
Pendleton City map (provided by oregon.gov)

Milton-Freewater
Milton-Freewater City Website
2006 population - 6,585
County - Umatilla
Milton-Freewater City map (provided by oregon.gov)

Stanfield
2006 population - 2,155
County - Umatilla
Stanfield City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

Umatilla
2006 population - 6,385
County - Umatilla
Umatilla City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

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Wallowa County

Enterprise
Enterprise City Website
2006 population - 1,945
County - Wallowa
Enterprise City Map (provided by oregon.gov)

Joseph
Joseph City Website
2006 population - 1,095
County - Wallowa
Joseph City Map (provided by oregon.gov)
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Unread 06-03-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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if you are desiring westside conservative near Portland, look to towns that have an ag economy, Canby and Boring on the SE might work but nominal suburbia encroachment.

SW from Portland look to farming towns w/o a ton of suburbia to give you a few more options. (Rickreal, Dallas...)
Also Sutherlin and Roseburg are on the conservative side.
Timber towns are not dependably conservative.

Of course your state and national votes will be overwhelmed by populous counties, (It is much cheaper and effective to spend campaign $ on a few crowded counties). And be careful what you do for a living... if you are an employer, farmer, manufacturer... you will be hosed by the legislation that gets voted in on the 'left coast'. Unfortunately you need to move to ID or MT to still have the freedom to make a living in these activities, or... just be an employee
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Unread 06-03-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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if you are desiring westside conservative near Portland, look to towns that have an ag economy, Canby and Boring on the SE might work but nominal suburbia encroachment.

SW from Portland look to farming towns w/o a ton of suburbia to give you a few more options. (Rickreal, Dallas...)
Also Sutherlin and Roseburg are on the conservative side.
Timber towns are not dependably conservative.

Of course your state and national votes will be overwhelmed by populous counties, (It is much cheaper and effective to spend campaign $ on a few crowded counties). And be careful what you do for a living... if you are an employer, farmer, manufacturer... you will be hosed by the legislation that gets voted in on the 'left coast'. Unfortunately you need to move to ID or MT to still have the freedom to make a living in these activities, or... just be an employee
If you are willing to come down, I would consider Monmouth I think before Dallas. Monmouth just repealed their alcohol prohibition a few years ago. I think it was the last dry city in the nation. It is a conservative small town.

I think Southern Oregon has many conservative small towns. There is a poster here called freedom and he would be a good resource for southern Oregon.

Generally speaking smaller towns tend to be more conservative.

If you post your other needs such as near schools, types of jobs needed, etc the members of the forum might be able to help pinpoint more cities for you.

Last edited by Silverfall; 06-03-2008 at 03:32 PM.. Reason: Added a sentence
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Unread 06-03-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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It also depends what you mean by "conservative." If you mean conservative in a "southern" religious sense, you might be surprised. A lot of Oregon's conservatives are irreligious/libertarian-leaning, compared to others.
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