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Old 04-01-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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My fiance and I are looking to move to either coastal Oregon or Washington and wanted to see which would be better and what are the best coastal cities to move to. We currently live in southern California and would like to move somewhere cheaper so we could afford to buy a home and start a family. We also want a change as we have grown up here all our lives. He likes to surf so we would like to stay near the beach. He works in property management and I currently work in Accounting however, once we start a family I would like to run an in home daycare or be a stay at home mom so we would need to most likely rely on his income (about 50K-60K a year). We are in our mid-late 20s. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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You're looking at the wrong state. Coos Bay, Brookings, Newport and Florence are all cities that come to mind, but not for a young couple needing jobs. It just isn't going to happen. And you are at least $20,000 high on what the property management will pay in those areas. Maybe more.


Average income for your age group on the Oregon coast is around $24,000 to $26,000 per year.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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have you looked at the schools, etc? I havent researched them myself but have heard on here that they are not that great. i would look further inland where the jobs and better school situations are and make daytrips to the coast for surfing. I am from Southern California (san diego) myself and things here are very different...have you visited here yet?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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The schools are no better and no worse than any place else in the state. They do teach Capitalization and punctuation in all of them.

Actually "Powers" was the highest rated elementry school in the state.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Our beaches are chilly and windy. Some surf but in wet suits.

Agree with others about employment opportunities and pay.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:46 AM
 
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Young people with your aspirations of living on the coast, come all the time, and after a short time move away as reality sets in.

Wages: LOW, LOW, LOW.

Housing costs, high in relation to wages.

Jobs: Rare, and difficult to find something outside of the tourist industry. Especially in your fields. Again the wages are low.

Weather: Cold, Windy, and a very cold ocean. People have to dress warmly to even be on the beach except for a rare day, when it is still cold. I know as I used to walk 3 miles a day on the beach at Newport. There is a point in California in the Mendocino County area, where north of there to Canadian Border it is cold, and south of there you have the warmer weather and water you are used to right on the coast. Fifty miles inland, over in the valley you can get warmer weather, but when that area warms up, it traps the cold foggy weather on coast so it is cold and foggy. The warmer the summer weather in the central valleys, the colder and foggier the coast gets.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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I think they got the idea. They posted in the Washington forum also, but have not returned or commented.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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....Fifty miles inland, over in the valley you can get warmer weather, but when that area warms up, it traps the cold foggy weather on coast so it is cold and foggy. The warmer the summer weather in the central valleys, the colder and foggier the coast gets.
Since the OP seems to have vamoosed, I have my own question. When is the best time to visit the central coast? My parents wanted to come this summer, but I thought I heard of summers being very cold and foggy before this even. They are having to change their plans due to other reasons, but it would still be good to know since they will probably visit before we have been there a full year. My husband is there right now and says it is pretty nice, so I'm thinking that fall and spring are probably the best. Anyone have better thoughts?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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September, after the kids have gone back to school.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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I find anytime of the year is a good time to visit the Oregon Coast.
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