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Old 04-29-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: California
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Hi,
I live with my family in Orange County (just moved here a year ago -- long story short: bad job, bad boss, lease is up and we want to move somewhere more affordable). My husband's new position with a company based on the East coast requires only that he be in the west and near an airport as he will be a consultant who travels a lot. We are looking into Davis, CA and Eugene, OR as possible new homes. Does anyone here use the Eugene Airport a lot? Would it fill the bill for a job that requires 60 - 70% travel?
We both grew up in New England and moved out west 4 years ago. We love it here and are very happy that his new job allows us to stay. Some friends of ours from Spokane (where we lived before our Orange County experience) lived in Eugene and suggested that it would be a good fit for us. We are planning a trip within the month to really explore but it would be nice to hear some opinions on the airport.
Thanks to anyone who can help! Amy
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I use the Eugene airport a lot. For the most part, it's been good...low wait times, low hassle. The last time I flew out, though, was a complete nightmare, and I'm hoping it was an isolated incident. I'm not sure what their problem was but they didn't open the initial line until about an hour before my flight was scheduled to leave, and the line moved very slowly. People were angry and upset...but again, that hasn't been the norm there at all. Every other time it's been uncomplicated and quick.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Thank you! We'll also look up a few fares online, but it looks as it it will work. I'm really looking forward to our visit.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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I love flying out of Eugene. It's such a breeze. BUT...you have to make sure the limited schedule works for you and it can be significantly more expensive than PDX.

In other words, don't expect a big-city airport. Your husband may have to schlep the 2.5 hours up to PDX at times.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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I've never found it more expensive than PDX; occasionally I fly from Portland when visiting family and it's the same price as flying from Eugene. But then, I fly to Alaska and not the east coast so there could be some significant price differences in the OP's case. But if the OP's husband if having to fly often for work it's probably a moot point because the company is probably paying for travel; even if they aren't it's a write off and most likely involves a corporate rate rather than a regular fare.

I wouldn't advise schlepping to PDX. Horizon commuter flights leave Eugene very early in the morning; certainly in time to make any connecting flights.
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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We have flown out of Eugene quite a lot and we have never had any problems. The security line is usually small, so we get through quickly. I usually don't show up until about an hour before my flight because it doesn't take as long as other airports.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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We're in Eugene and fly a few times a year. We don't use EUG very often because we find better flights out of PDX. Never had any problems flying in or out of EUG, it's just way easier to find direct flights out of PDX for the places we've been going plus we seem to find lower fares out of PDX.

We used to live in CA up the 80 from Davis/Sacto in Rocklin, CA. Davis is a cool town and has a vibe somewhat similar to Eugene - just more "plasticy" feeling. The main differences that stand out in my mind between the two are:

1. In Davis, you'll be a lot closer to a big city (Sacramento by about 15-20 minutes) whereas in Eugene it's a 2 hour drive to Portland. Davis is also just an hour and a half to San Francisco which is always lots of fun.

2. If you like cooler/wetter/greener/greyer then you'd prefer Eugene; If you prefer sunny, warm, dry you'd prefer Davis!

3. The taxes are a little different: For example, Oregon does not have a sales tax, but California does. They both have a state income tax. Eugene is considering a city income tax because our schools are hurting so bad (even though they've just hired a seedy new superintendant and given him a raise to boot... but that's for another thread...). I don't think Davis has a city income tax? Also, for us it was a lot more expensive getting our cars registered and switching everything over when we moved to California than it was when we moved to Oregon. Also - the Oregon DMV is FAST! I remember in Texas and California and especially Washington states standing in lines forever at the DMV... in Oregon it's always been maybe 15 - 20 minutes. In and out and you're done.

4. Both towns are equidistant to the ocean/beach and to snowsports/mountains which is a great location to put yourself in! However - California has nothing on the Oregon outdoors. If you're an outdoorsy person you'll most likely prefer Oregon - so long as you can handle the cold & wet weather. When we moved from Texas to California I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I'd never seen so many trees and everything seemed so amazingly beautiful. Then we moved to Oregon. Woah. All our wetness/rain/mist/grey days = trees, green, trees, green. They say "Oregon is for dreamers." and once you get here you realize why! It's a beautiful, magical, place.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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Mostly I agree with what House elf said.

I have found that when I fly, probably 3 or 4 times a year, I fly mostly out of PDX--due to cheaper flights available. PDX is a good airport and the econo parking is very convenient...really, the best large airport I've experienced. The Eugene airport is fine. The times that I have flown out of Eugene have been low to no hassle. It's just a cost thing.

Some here have said that there's no difference in cost and that just hasn't been my experience, but there are a lot of factors that could have been involved in that.

Other than that, my family and I relocated here from Albuquerque about 3 years ago. I do enjoy the Willamette Valley, it rains a lot, but I love the rain. Summers are warm and dry...warmer than I expected, sometimes getting into the 90's for a few days.

I love the schools for my kids. 4j is excellent and I've heard great things about the Bethel school district as well. My oldest child goes to Camas Ridge and I can't say enough good things about that school. We really need this temporary income tax to help our schools continue their excellent tradition, so don't let that count against your decision to come here...remember, there's no state income tax.

Eugene is a great community, you get a nice feel for that at the Eugene Celebration every fall, also there's a wonderful Saturday/Farmer's market, every sat from late April through at least October, maybe even November. Low violent crime rate, good local breweries, hip corners of town like Whitaker, a commitment to local goods and produce...really, it's a great place to be!
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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...remember, there's no state income tax.
Really? I thought there was a pretty steep income tax in Oregon around 9%. Is that not the case now?

What I see online is a 9% tax on individual incomes between $7,750-$125,000.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Some here have said that there's no difference in cost and that just hasn't been my experience, but there are a lot of factors that could have been involved in that.
It must depend on where you're going and what airline you're using. I fly to Alaska and back often on Alaska/Horizon and the rates are the same whether I leave from Eugene or PDX. If I'm going somewhere else that leaves from Portland I just get the commuter jet rather than making my way to Portland another way, but that wouldn't be practical when traveling with a family.

I have to admit I'm pretty spoiled by the Eugene airport.
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