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Old 08-31-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and this is my first post!

I may soon relocate to the Oregon coast (Brookings), because I have a job opportunity in Crescent City, CA. From my research I have learned that Brookings may seem like the better place to live, and because it is not a far commute to Crescent City.

I have a few questions for those of you who live in this area. A little about me first though. I am in my early 20's and am a minority (Asian), from my research I have found that the population is predominantly Caucasian. I hope nobody gets offended by this question, but I have to ask...Is there any racism in this area? I am from the Bay Area in Ca and here you have a wide variety of nationalities. I have never really been a minority here. However, I would just like to know if I would be looked at differently there, you know what I mean?

Also, can you tell me about you experiences living in this area? Crime rate? Fun stuff to do for a twenty-somthing year old? I know I am young, but I love the outdoors and hiking with my dogs. I love nature and all it has to offer. I also love being close to the ocean. Any insight you have for me would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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Hi everyone! I am new to this forum and this is my first post!

I may soon relocate to the Oregon coast (Brookings), because I have a job opportunity in Crescent City, CA. From my research I have learned that Brookings may seem like the better place to live, and because it is not a far commute to Crescent City.

I have a few questions for those of you who live in this area. A little about me first though. I am in my early 20's and am a minority (Asian), from my research I have found that the population is predominantly Caucasian. I hope nobody gets offended by this question, but I have to ask...Is there any racism in this area? I am from the Bay Area in Ca and here you have a wide variety of nationalities. I have never really been a minority here. However, I would just like to know if I would be looked at differently there, you know what I mean?

Also, can you tell me about you experiences living in this area? Crime rate? Fun stuff to do for a twenty-somthing year old? I know I am young, but I love the outdoors and hiking with my dogs. I love nature and all it has to offer. I also love being close to the ocean. Any insight you have for me would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!
You'll be fine in Brookings, there are Asians, Mexicans, Blacks, Irish, English... all types. Mostly older white folk, so kindness begets kindness.

Best wishes to your move.

freedom
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Crescent City may have more to do, but I'd take Brookings any day to live in.

One night club of substance if you go out. But many nice beaches, parks and trails nearby, especially with the redwoods right there.

Crescent City strikes me as odd, every time I go through there. Wouldn't live there. But there's even more stores there and stuff to do, that you could enjoy.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon Coast
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CoupleCC:

As this is a career move, you will be fine if you remember two things:

1 Stay connected with friends and family via the web (a webcam and broadband can be a lifesaver )
2 Medford is a three hour drive for weekend and social play.

During the week, stay focused on work and local adventures and explore the Pacific Northwest on the weekends and you will probably have a blast!

We have many young professional people that come to the Southern Oregon Coast that do very well with the above advice!

Enjoy
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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CoupleCC:

As this is a career move, you will be fine if you remember two things:

1 Stay connected with friends and family via the web (a webcam and broadband can be a lifesaver )
2 Medford is a three hour drive for weekend and social play.

During the week, stay focused on work and local adventures and explore the Pacific Northwest on the weekends and you will probably have a blast!

We have many young professional people that come to the Southern Oregon Coast that do very well with the above advice!

Enjoy
And it's a very nice drive too - at least from the Redwoods to Cave Junction.

And maybe just 2 hours to Grants Pass.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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Smile Crescent City is a sleeper

I moved here almost 25 years ago to the day. Crescent City has many amenities hidden from a person just driving on through on Highway101. We have some of the most beautiful places on earth...beaches, giant redwood trees, salmon and steelhead in our wild rivers. We have some of the cleanest water on earth.
Our town has a Walmart, HomeDepot, the largest Ace Hardware in California, Walgreens , Starbucks all the major fast food places and a multiplex Theater. We have superclassy community pool complete with sauna, hottub, and a water slide and the largest mural I have ever seen. We have nice community parks.We have a small community college and decent looking schools. The reason the town does not show well is that the community leaders refuse to put the powerlines and utilities underground...even though the money sits in an account, the sewer lines have not been run through much of the northern commercial district. Little attention is paid to architecture, commercial landscaping requirements are nill and the county has a community planning director who has been retired on the job for the last 30 years. Our harbor could be a gem.. but is mismanaged by a bunch of uneducated officials. We have no cabins to rent in the harbor and the docks were all damaged and sinking after the last "small tsunami... and never repaired. The downtown thrives but lacks a theme and the merchants never advertise on the highway. We have some good restaurants like the Chartroom and Grotto in the Harbor, Far East for oriental food, and Torero's and Casadores for Mexican gourmets. The crime rate is low compared to any other place I have lived. Yes we have a drug problem...but none of the gang problems so rampant in the big cities. Our biggest problems are environmental extremists that find a million reasons to close our beaches and back country to tourist activities and damage the tourist industry.They constantly beg for grants to cause further havoc. I invite anyone to find a place where so many people say hello and know your first name at a local store. The downside to living here is the rain and lack of cultural activities found in the big cities. But at least we can go to a casino or go "cosmo" bowling to midnight by blacklight at the local alley. If you want a house they are cheap ...30 percent less than Brookings Oregon. You can live a block from the beach and have a house that costs less than $250k . If you do not want to pay sales tax on a big purchase go across the border to Oregon.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Racism (especially if you're Asian) is not something to be worried about in Oregon, ha. What you should be concerned about the possibility of living in Oregon and working in California is that you WILL have to pay Oregon income taxes on your income earned in California, and I'm not sure how California's tax laws work, but you may have to ALSO pay California income tax in addition to Oregon income tax on your income. But being in your early 20s, this area is going to be snoozeville. Beautiful, but snoozeville.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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I am in my early 20's and am a minority (Asian), from my research I have found that the population is predominantly Caucasian...I would just like to know if I would be looked at differently there, you know what I mean?
Here in Brookings we'll be so stunned to see someone under the age of 70 that we won't even notice your ethnic background!
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Default smith river/crescent city area

Hello there all of you Smith River, Crescent City and surrounding area residents. I'm writing from far away Pennsylvania. My husband and I are looking to relocate with our 3 girls in the next 2 years and your little towns caught my eye. We are so tired of the weather here and are looking for a milder climate. We are also looking for a different mentality than the one here on the eastern U.S. of status and brand names. From all I've read all of the pacific NW is so much more laid back and friendly. And who could ask for more beautiful surroundings? My husband is in the process of becoming a certified electrician and I will be teaching 7th - 12th grade social studies. Can any of you tell me more about your little towns, surrounding area and the job outlook? I don't mind isolation and our family is very into the outdoors. We don't need a large chain store nearby and would be perfectly happy with local farmer's markets. What is the weather really like? I can take the rain in the winter, its got to be better than the 100+ inches of snow we got here last winter, but does it warm up into the mid 70's in the summer? In Crescent City, how is the prison and drug situation? Were we live now there is a fed prison not too far away and it doesn't seem to cause any problems. However, the drugs do worry me. Is it more prevalent in certain areas/neighborhoods? Thanks so much in advance.
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