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Old 06-28-2007, 04:27 AM
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I have heard some really great things about this area, and I was looking specifically at the town of Roseburg as a relocation possibility, but I have read a few posts that seem to portray this area, as well as many others in Oregon, as highly conservative and lacking in diversity. My own beautiful family is racially diverse and coming from California, I've lived in several different communities that ranged from ultra-conservative to ultra-liberal, with every variation of diversity.

My main concern is for my 3 year old son, who will be starting school in a couple of years. I want him to feel accepted and cared for in a community that he will feel proud to call home. I've wondered what the schools are like and what most people do to feel fulfilled. I've never actually been to the Douglas Co. area, so I'm planning to take a trip sometime before the end of the year. I am fairly new to this forum, so I will try to do more searches and read more posts in order to get a better idea of what the place is really like and how the locals feel.

I am really looking forward to purchasing a nice, little home that really is a home, and not just an investment. I'm hoping that some of you can give me some insight into the "feel" of the Roseburg area, and I really appreciate any information/opinions! Thanks so much!!
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:30 PM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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The Roseburg Area is pretty rural. Not many blacks, a few more since Katrina, but most have left. A black face gets quite a few looks, just because it is so unusual.

There are quite a few Mexicans, with very few social problems. This far north, we get a better quality of Mexican than you find along the border. They're mostly hard working, family sorts.

The Cow Creek band of the Umpqua Tribe is pretty present. You will run into tribal members everywhere, and a lot of people work at the 7 Feathers casino, about 20 minutes south of Roseburg. The indians are pretty well assimilated. The only conflict you hear about is that they are buying lots of real estate and rolling it into the tribal trust, which takes it off the tax rolls. They just bought a big hunk of downtown Roseburg, and will develop it someday.

There is a smattering of Asians around. Most of the convenience stores now seem to be owned by South Asians - I haven't asked their national origin, but probably India. My gastroenterologist is Vietnamese, I run into occasional Koreans, there is one Thai restaurant, two Mongolian Barbecues and a Japanese restaurant that is so exclusive it is by appointment only.

Economically, Roseburg is still pretty depressed from the collapse of the timber industry. The biggest industry in town now is retirement, with many assisted care facilities. If you work in health care, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job. The nurses at Mercy Medical Center just unionized this year, which gives you an idea of working conditions.

Only about 10% of the population has a college degree, vs. 26% statewide. The smart kids go off to college and never come back, because there are no jobs for them here. There's a lot of wealth in Douglas County because of the fabulous natural resources, but not much imagination. One of the most oppressed groups are the teachers, who have to lead ultra-conservative lives or be butchered by the less tolerant segments of the community. I really feel sorry for some of them.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:51 PM
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Thanx so much, Larry, for the input! I really appreciate it!!
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