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Old 05-12-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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An indirect way to compare accident rates is to compare insurance prices since rates are largely based on claims.

According to this article: Most and least expensive states for car insurance - CBS News

Oregon has the 5th lowest insurance rates in the Country.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Oregon has the 5th lowest insurance rates in the Country.

I would hope so.... in WA 40% of the drivers are uninsured. Not the case in OR. You must show proof of insurance to get OR License Plates. Not so in WA... you only need proof if you get stopped (unlikely).

If you stop your Insurance in OR... the company notifies DMV. In WA, you just make a fake card every yr.

So... not buying insurance is cheaper (but those of us with insurance PAY dearly for the risk of driving with the 40% w/o)

I would say in some situations insurance rates have little to do with safety (on a per state ranking).

Consider some of the farm and ranch states, where you have to drive 20,000mi / yr just to get to school and the store. Other states have high rates due to flooding / hurricanes / hail ...
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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I've lived in both Portland and Seattle... Sea-Tac has a lot more job and career growth opportunities than Portland in general, but you also have to deal with the higher prices, overcrowding and general "bigger city" drawbacks of living in Sea-Tac.

Both cities have a beautiful landscape and it is very easy to "escape" out to the country, forest or a rural beach from both locations. In the end it all depends on your preferences.

Also +1 on the Northwest being vastly superior to California. Cali absolutely sucks from all angles unless you have quite a bit of wealth.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Walk around in Oregon and most people smile at you and act friendly.

Walk in WA and people will act paranoid and angry.

It's pretty clear how it is. The difference between Oregon and WA is like night and day to me.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:48 PM
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I think the issue is more east-west than north-south.

Even Lewis and Clark noted that the Indians in eastern Washington were honest, trust-worthy, and friendly. Those west of the divide were thieving, sneaky, and definitely un-friendly.

Must be the sunshine.
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