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Old 07-19-2009, 09:37 AM
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If anyone could help out, it would be appreciated.

Husband used to live in Salem area. We are now in the desert and decided to go back to different climate/area. He is retired on a very small retirement and I work from home for a small wage.

Which of the two towns? YES, I will be flying in and looking at both, but like to have the INSIDER view of it, too.

I like that C.G. is near Eugene b/c of so much in Eugene yet C.G. is homey. The lakes are nearby and the covered bridges too.

Yet G.P. is very attractive with the warmer/sunnier weather, houses costing less than C.G. But it is far from a big city. Has the river right there, though.

Can anyone chime in on these points:

Sunnier in G.P. for real? Or are statistics misleading?
Which area quieter, less probs with substance abuse? So tired of the druggies here stealing constantly even plastic chairs and hanging baskets.
Which area more pet-oriented, meaning more supportive of humane treatment of overpopulation? Our present town is terrible, starving, hurt animals all over, tons of abuse cases.

Thank you.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:33 PM
Location: Southwest Washington
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Grants Pass's summers are HOT, a bit longer, and thus sunnier. But winters are just as grey and almost as rainy as Cottage Grove.

I imagine Grants Pass probably has more drug-related crime (not sure), but to be honest, my parents have lived here since about 1982 and the only crime they (or I) have experienced was having one of their cars broken into ONCE about four years back. And of course you'll read things in the newspaper from time to time, but it's generally not something that affects you personally.

I'm not sure how "pet-oriented" Cottage Grove is, but in Grants Pass I have never noticed a stray population. It's also home to the Rogue Valley Humane Society, but the county's public animal shelter is a euthanizing shelter.

I think it may depend on whether you need to be close to a larger city for its amenities or not. Grants Pass is close to Medford (20 minutes) which offers direct flights from Rogue Valley Int'l Airport to Eugene, Portland, Seattle, SF, LA, Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Denver, and SLC. Eugene offers these same flights out of Eugene Airport. For medical care, Eugene definitely offers better access to specialists, etc, plus is closer to Portland for any further care necessary than Southern Oregon. It is, from Grants Pass, about 2 hours to Eugene and about 4 hours to Portland. To me that doesn't seem too far, but it might be far for you.

If you're liberal or conservative, you'll fit in fine in Grants Pass. It is a very libertarian area, but a pretty moderate town. Well, moderate isn't the right word. You'll tend to find both extremes all over Oregon, but you'll be fine either way. Grants Pass is becoming more liberal each year however, for better or worse. Personally I'm glad. But that's getting off topic.

Anyway, I get the impression that Cottage Grove is also rather moderate, and also may have a slight bias to the conservative side.

Overall, they're both very nice places. I think if you wanted to be closer to things like Crater Lake, the Rogue River, the redwoods, the Oregon Caves, etc, then Grants Pass might be better. Both are about equal distance to the coast. Grants Pass also probably has more amenities available in the city itself than Cottage Grove since it is substantially (over 3 times) larger and is also a second regional center of Southern Oregon (after Medford). For shopping, you really only need to go to Medford if you like to shop at stores like Costco, GAP, and Barnes and Noble. If you're into farmer's markets or organic/natural foods, then Grants Pass is the place to go in Southern Oregon for those things. Shopping from Cottage Grove requires trips to Eugene for certain, though there is a Wal-Mart in both C.G. and G.P. (though Fred Meyer is a wayyy better store, and there isn't one in C.G.).

I hope it doesn't sound like I am discouraging you from Cottage Grove, because it is a very nice town also. It just probably doesn't offer the same amenities as Grants Pass, and most of the amenities you'd find in Eugene are also available in Medford, which is slightly closer to Grants Pass than Eugene is to Cottage Grove.

Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:49 PM
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Thank you very much backdrifter, that was very helpful information. Much appreciated. They sure are both fine places.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:36 PM
Location: Oregon
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What was said about GP winter is more or less true. We still have our last home for sale in Applegate Valley just to the south of GP, and it was 27 inches of rain per year. GP I think is 31 inches per year. Winter felt very much the same. Summer is warmer but the average is maybe 6 degrees warmer averaged. Longer warm season by maybe 3 weeks on each end.

CG is closer to Portland as well as closer to Eugene. GP is only close to Medford. But GP is also close to the redwoods, and still pretty close to the ocean.

I think you could spend a half day in each town and know the feel you like. Or if you like both.

We moved from south Oregon merely because my work niche is up in Beaverton, where we were prior to 2005 anyway. Otherwise, I thought southern Oregon was nice, and business put aside, I sort of like Grants Pass best of the towns down that way. A bit greener, and I continually go to the redwoods and the coast.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:59 PM
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Thank you mdvaden. I was surprised to find that while G.P. is still small, Medford has grown very large and has a lot to offer those in G.P. and the general area. The more sunny aspect of southern Oregon is appealing to me.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:53 AM
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I grew up in Cottage Grove and have visited Grants pass a lot. They are very different towns. CG has a real small town feel and is staying that way. where GP is growing more and feels wayyyy larger then CG. CG is almost like a suburb of Eugene really (20 miles away).

If you move to CG you will be spending a lot of time in Eugene, so make sure you spend some time checking it out. Probably the same for Medford to.

CG has 2 lakes, one on either side of it. It has a ton of little rivers and mountains nearby. Don't know about the animal thing, I never heard of a problem. There is some meth use but there is in every small town up the I5.

It really does get hotter in GP but CG weather is very nice too. typical northwest.

it comes down to what you want of course. GP is often lumped in with Medford and Ashland where CG is put with Eugene.

I personally feel that GP feels more like the desert and CG feels more northwest. Don't even know if I could explain that its just how i've always thought of GP.

BTW.....I loved my child hood in CG!
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