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Old 03-02-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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I have lived in San Francisco for 30 years but now I want to start a new chapter in my life. My in-laws are from and still live in Eugene. I work for the City Government and also in sales part-time. I am looking to buy a place near River Road. I don't have children and don't plan to. We do have a dog. I was wondering about the job market? Do they have Hemp farms/industry in Eugene. Is River Road a nice area to live? Do I need a vehicle?

Is Eugene a nice place to live and start thinking about retirement? Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:05 PM
 
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If you work in sales, there are many many marijuana dispensaries in Eugene who employ bud tenders. I don't know if they make a living wage, but it's probably above minimum. Check with Leafly.com for locations. The marijuana dispensaries receive their products from Oregon cannabis farms, and they employ workers who make clones, water, fertilize, and trim buds. Oregon is still trying to work out hemp farms and how they will co-exist with cannabis farms. (they are somewhat different) You also will have a pretty good chance of finding a job with City of Eugene, Lane County, or Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB).

I have not lived on River Road, but I've heard people like it because it's a funky, older neighborhood. And it has perfect soil for gardening and growing vegetation. There are some concerns with River Road itself, it's a 4 lane road with a center turn lane. If you need to cross the road on foot, it can be a little tricky....especially because River Road is used as a main artery to downtown Eugene. LTD (Lane Transit District) is very reliable and was named the best bus service of it's size in North America. They are expanding all the time.

I think you would like Eugene....some people say it's a smaller version of San Francisco.
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Old 03-03-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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Depending on precisely what you do/want to do, the job market is challenging.

Lots of qualified (even over-qualified) people who just want to "be" in Eugene, or who move there without a job themselves because spouse gets a job/enrolls in grad school at the UO, etc. Salaries will generally be much lower than what you're used to in the Bay.

If you're carrying significant equity away from SF, and can live reasonably simply, you can probably make even under-employment work.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:33 PM
 
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Depending on precisely what you do/want to do, the job market is challenging.

Lots of qualified (even over-qualified) people who just want to "be" in Eugene, or who move there without a job themselves because spouse gets a job/enrolls in grad school at the UO, etc. Salaries will generally be much lower than what you're used to in the Bay.

If you're carrying significant equity away from SF, and can live reasonably simply, you can probably make even under-employment work.
ditto this. Get job, then move. Eternal OR advice. Also, eug has decent public transit, but to really enjoy the area, youll want a car.
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