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Old 06-13-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I'm getting ready to make a life-changing move to the Northern Oregon Coast from Oklahoma... I've seen a lot of older posts about relocating, but nothing super current. Will be looking for small manufactured home to purchase, but need to find a friendly, safe environment. I'm over 50, but not old enough for the Age Restricted parks.. (what's that about, anyway?) No children. Will need a job, but not a "career"... love the coast, and great little mom & pop diners... I have a niece in Portland, but that's a little too big for my tastes. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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Depends on what you really want.

Oklahoma and Eastern Oregon are fairly close, climate-wise and in vegetation-types... but you won't see as many tornadoes in Oregon, though the hills are taller.

On the other hand, most places outside of Portland and Salem will have a similar small-town feeling. Jobs on the other hand aren't as common or readily available, and will take a lot of research and looking around beforehand.

Kinda hard to tell what you would be most comfortable with though - what part of OK are you living in now? I'm fairly familiar with NE Oklahoma (at least as far south as Tahlequah and as far west as OKC), and have been through most of the state at least once.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:49 PM
 
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I used to live in Tulsa and am now in the Medford area. I love it here in Oregon, you should take a look at Southern Oregon, there are jobs if you're willing to work.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Job first, move second. Otherwise unless you like being unemployed you would be wasting your time.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Check out job lisitings in various areas in which you think you may want to live. They are pretty scarce all over but if you have something specific in mind it will help to narrow down whatever availability there is. Are you looing for anything in particular?
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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I'm getting ready to make a life-changing move to the Northern Oregon Coast from Oklahoma... I've seen a lot of older posts about relocating, but nothing super current. Will be looking for small manufactured home to purchase, but need to find a friendly, safe environment. I'm over 50, but not old enough for the Age Restricted parks.. (what's that about, anyway?) No children. Will need a job, but not a "career"... love the coast, and great little mom & pop diners... I have a niece in Portland, but that's a little too big for my tastes. Any suggestions?
Since you will need a job, I'd stick with the larger cities. I would not move without having a job lined up first IF you do not have substantial savings to live on that will get you through at least about a year or so. I would recommend going to the Walmart website, the Fred Meyer website... seeing where their locations are on the part of the coast you want to plant yourself (I know there is a Fred Meyer's in Newport), then applying for jobs at those locations. Those two are just two examples... I don't know what kind of job you will be looking for, but even just something to tide you over until you find something better might help.

As far as housing: Expect everything to be more expensive here, for less of whatever it is and poorer quality, than what you are used to paying for and getting in Oklahoma. I'm from Texas, and it took me awhile to get used to this when we moved to the West Coast. Oregon is definitely more affordable than California or Washington States, but cost of living is still quite a bit more than OK or TX. I don't say this to scare you off, just to help you prepare for the sticker shock. What we're used to getting for $200K in Texas/Oklahoma is not the same (in terms of sq. footage or quality) as what you'll get here for even $250K. So you have to make mental adjustments or just be willing to pay more, or fix something up yourself. Taxes are higher here, too. Also we have state and federal income tax. (Not sure what Oklahoma is like... but in Texas we had sales tax and federal and that was it. In Oregon, there's no sales tax, but we pay federal and state income tax and then there are random taxes like gas tax and hotel tax, etc.)

I don't know if this is too far south for you, but the Newport/Lincoln City area might be a good area to check out. The population is growing fairly rapidly and with more people comes the demand for more services which usually means more jobs and a healthier economy. Most of the coast is economically depressed for most of the year, then summer arrives with the heavy tourist season and everything wakes up. My husband and I have been keeping an eye on the Newport area for about the past 5 years as we think we would like to retire to the coast when we're ready and that's one of the areas we're considering.

Also - be ready to sit back and relax in your vehicle while somebody else pumps the gas for you. In Oregon, it's against the law to pump your own gas. Personally, I love this, but a lot of people don't like it at all.

Good luck with your big life change!
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Don't dismiss age-restricted parks. They can be better taken care of and less expensive than others. Also, you may find if you choose a small town in which to live, it will be one of only a few choices or the only choice. Actually, keep an open mind about all residential situations because there are not a whole lot available to choose from.
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