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Old 09-20-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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I had another post go up about where to live in OR and I have narrowed it down to Eugene. However, Humboldt County CA is coming up on the radar also, which is another area I know little about. I am curious if anyone is familiar with both and the major differences. I am use to a Fort Collins/Boulder Colorado lifestyle but don't dig the snow anymore, and why I am looking at coming to these areas. The main things important to me is:

* Public transportation - I don't drive at all, so heavily rely on public transportation which I am familiar with what they have in Eugene now, but an important factor is bike racks on the bus, and easy access.

* Community - laid back, easy going, friendly. Lot's of cheap/free outdoor events like music, markets, art, etc... I wouldn't consider myself a hippie, nor would I say I am normal, but somewhere in the middle...I am a Dead, Phish, Panic kind of guy for sure though.

* Community resources - like health, and more importantly for me, "Mental" health is very important. This probably isn't the typical requirement or question for most, but I am extremely Bipolar and rely on mental health services for low income folks. If anyone could share any information or experience on this it would help a lot.

* Weather - I have familiarized myself with Eugene and know what to expect there but don't know much about Humboldt, and more importantly, being able to function via biking in the weather full-time since I don't drive.

* Housing - will be looking for a studio or 1 bdrm. Apt $600 a month or less. Is housing easily available within this price range and is there much of a difference between the two areas here?

* I am also very 420 friendly and one of the things that really drives me to these two areas. Public and legal tolerance, acceptance, etc...is a huge factor in my decision.

* Low crime rate - more specifically violent crimes and want to be able to walk around any time of the night without feeling threatened or concerned for my safety.

Employment isn't an issue for me in either area so not a factor at all in making my decision.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:49 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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Most of the State of Jefferson has a leave-me-alone-and-I'll-leave-you-alone cultural ethic -- not the sort of thing that inspires strong community. Public transportation is going to be lousy in most areas with a population base under 100,000. This is an area where budget cutbacks have left a dearth of public services in an area where many people are already living in poverty. You really need to be self-reliant to live in Eureka (that includes bringing your own source of income with you). Other than Arcata being a college town, Eureka/Arcata are not at all in the mold of Ft. Collins. Have you looked into Davis, CA? That's probably as close to the Ft. Collins template as you're going to find in California.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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Most of the State of Jefferson has a leave-me-alone-and-I'll-leave-you-alone cultural ethic -- not the sort of thing that inspires strong community. Public transportation is going to be lousy in most areas with a population base under 100,000. This is an area where budget cutbacks have left a dearth of public services in an area where many people are already living in poverty. You really need to be self-reliant to live in Eureka (that includes bringing your own source of income with you). Other than Arcata being a college town, Eureka/Arcata are not at all in the mold of Ft. Collins. Have you looked into Davis, CA? That's probably as close to the Ft. Collins template as you're going to find in California.
I haven't looked into Davis at all...and thank you I will start researching it. Being self reliant isn't a problem...I have a guaranteed income every month so that's why I mentioned employment isn't an issue for me where ever I go. Thank you for the tip though....I will start researching this ASAP.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I like both Eugene and Davis. Eugene has a bit more going on, but both are active university towns. You'd probably be happy in either.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Eugene OR or Humbolt County CA...

Where do I start my hemp fiber running shoe company?
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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It ain't the shoes I am after LOL
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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Very familiar with both Eugene and Humbolt ... I love Humbolt ... considerably more than Eugene ... However, that said, I hold Eugene also in high regard, and for what you describe about yourself -- you do NOT want to try Humbolt ... you do NOT. Eugene will be a very good community for you, if you can adapt to the winter weather (read: dreary wet chill) ... weather aside, you will find nearly nothing to suit a person as you describe yourself anywhere in Humbolt. Period.

Best wishes on your move.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Very familiar with both Eugene and Humbolt ... I love Humbolt ... considerably more than Eugene ... However, that said, I hold Eugene also in high regard, and for what you describe about yourself -- you do NOT want to try Humbolt ... you do NOT. Eugene will be a very good community for you, if you can adapt to the winter weather (read: dreary wet chill) ... weather aside, you will find nearly nothing to suit a person as you describe yourself anywhere in Humbolt. Period.

Best wishes on your move.
Don't forget the 420 friendly part. It seems to be a primary draw for many.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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Don't forget the 420 friendly part. It seems to be a primary draw for many.

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Old 09-24-2010, 12:40 AM
 
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Thanks guys...I have ruled out Homboldt mainly for the rent prices....much higher than what I can afford. Everything about Eugene I think is perfect for me, except I can't get past the rain. I can handle riding a bike around in drizzle, but it sounds like it's a lot more intense than what I can put together in my head. There is no doubt between living in CO and Vegas that I have gotten use to a ton of sunny days, but I have never been to Eugene so I don't really know exactly what to expect or if I can handle it. The only way for me to find out is if I just go do it, but I am pretty concerned. Mainly because once I pick where I am going to go, I am going to be there quite a while for financial reasons, and I won't have the option to pick myself back up and move away again for a long time.

To say the least, I am completely confused on what to do, and I can't find anything else from my research of where else I might be happy. Eugene sounds wonderful and I have 5 days to figure this out and make my descsion

You guys have been very helpful and I thank you!
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