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Old 10-07-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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Wow! Thanks a lot for all of your wonderful suggestions.

I've been seriously considering Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, although I'm still not sure. Either way, it seems like all these places are great. In your opinions, particularly those who mentioned the Pacific Northwest, which is better: Seattle or Portland? (I gather I'm not the first to ask this question...)

Thank you again,
Seth
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Wow! Thanks a lot for all of your wonderful suggestions.

I've been seriously considering Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, although I'm still not sure. Either way, it seems like all these places are great. In your opinions, particularly those who mentioned the Pacific Northwest, which is better: Seattle or Portland? (I gather I'm not the first to ask this question...)

Thank you again,
Seth
I haven't lived there for a long time, but my memory of the two cities (I lived outside of Portland, but lived in Seattle and also in Bellingham), is that Portland is quirkier, crunchier. Seattle is more upscale urban, and maybe a tad snobby even.

You'd probably love Bellingham, but I just looked up the population and it's only about 82,000.

As far as being by the water, though, you should choose either Bellingham or Seattle. Portland is not convenient to the ocean.

If you could get into Canada and wanted to, Vancouver, BC is a beautiful and fantastic city. One of the things I loved about living in Bellingham, was that I could drive up to Vancouver for a day trip. I may even have to say I like Vancouver, BC better than SF. So beautiful, and so diverse with all types and income levels of people.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Everything but #5 screams Minneapolis. Lake Superior might as well be the ocean, and is only 2.5 hours away.
I think you meant #7, as Minneapolis is extremely bike-friendly. It's generally regarded the premier biking city in the United States, or sometimes neck-and-neck with Portland.
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