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Old 11-16-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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This has been my personal experience as a real estate agent so take this for what it is worth...

Many people have a romantic notion of what Oregon is based on our gorgeous scenery. We do have a very beautiful state. People often think we have some kind of community zen thing going on here but the state has issues just like every other place. We have a high level of poverty and a not so great education system.

I have seen many people move here seeking relief from the stress and fast paced lifestyles of metro areas in other states. I have seen many people move away from this state within 3 years of living here because they find that they really want their strip malls and shopping.

I personally think people should "step down" into the Oregon lifestyle. Oregon has a pace of life which is much slower than most other states. It takes a while to get used to it and some people can't. The slow drivers made me nuts when I first moved out here from Chicago 20+ years ago. Drivers still drive slow out here. Pittsburgh and Portland metro are about the same size. I'd encourage you to move there first and then visit all over Oregon and WA until you find that place that feels like home. Despite its size, Portland doesn't feel like other metros, in my opinion and you may find that the slower pace of life you want is right there.

It is so very common to see people try and escape the rat race for a quiet lifestyle only to discover the quiet lifestyle drives them nuts. Going from PA to the Oregon coast will be huge culture shock and I just find more often than not that going from such a large metro to such small towns (many Oregon cities are 3,000-10,000 people or so), that people end up hating small town life.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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This has been my personal experience as a real estate agent so take this for what it is worth...

Many people have a romantic notion of what Oregon is based on our gorgeous scenery. We do have a very beautiful state. People often think we have some kind of community zen thing going on here but the state has issues just like every other place. We have a high level of poverty and a not so great education system.

I have seen many people move here seeking relief from the stress and fast paced lifestyles of metro areas in other states. I have seen many people move away from this state within 3 years of living here because they find that they really want their strip malls and shopping.

I personally think people should "step down" into the Oregon lifestyle. Oregon has a pace of life which is much slower than most other states. It takes a while to get used to it and some people can't. The slow drivers made me nuts when I first moved out here from Chicago 20+ years ago. Drivers still drive slow out here. Pittsburgh and Portland metro are about the same size. I'd encourage you to move there first and then visit all over Oregon and WA until you find that place that feels like home. Despite its size, Portland doesn't feel like other metros, in my opinion and you may find that the slower pace of life you want is right there.

It is so very common to see people try and escape the rat race for a quiet lifestyle only to discover the quiet lifestyle drives them nuts. Going from PA to the Oregon coast will be huge culture shock and I just find more often than not that going from such a large metro to such small towns (many Oregon cities are 3,000-10,000 people or so), that people end up hating small town life.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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This has been my personal experience as a real estate agent so take this for what it is worth...

Many people have a romantic notion of what Oregon is based on our gorgeous scenery. We do have a very beautiful state. People often think we have some kind of community zen thing going on here but the state has issues just like every other place. We have a high level of poverty and a not so great education system.

I have seen many people move here seeking relief from the stress and fast paced lifestyles of metro areas in other states. I have seen many people move away from this state within 3 years of living here because they find that they really want their strip malls and shopping.

I personally think people should "step down" into the Oregon lifestyle. Oregon has a pace of life which is much slower than most other states. It takes a while to get used to it and some people can't. The slow drivers made me nuts when I first moved out here from Chicago 20+ years ago. Drivers still drive slow out here. Pittsburgh and Portland metro are about the same size. I'd encourage you to move there first and then visit all over Oregon and WA until you find that place that feels like home. Despite its size, Portland doesn't feel like other metros, in my opinion and you may find that the slower pace of life you want is right there.

It is so very common to see people try and escape the rat race for a quiet lifestyle only to discover the quiet lifestyle drives them nuts. Going from PA to the Oregon coast will be huge culture shock and I just find more often than not that going from such a large metro to such small towns (many Oregon cities are 3,000-10,000 people or so), that people end up hating small town life.

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