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Old 08-21-2009, 11:38 AM
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I live in Colorado Springs, CO and want to move to Oregon but I'm not sure where. Portland seems nice, but it's a little too big. Eugene or Bend seem nice, but I don't know? I'd like to live in a city about the size of Eugene but would consider a smaller one depending on the job availability. I'm a widowed mother of 3 young kids and am looking for a place with good schools, a good job market, good dating accessability (I'm 33 years old) and as much outdoor recreation as possible. I love rock climbing and ice climbing, (but I hear it doesn't freeze very often, which is fine- I can find new activities). I'd like to go somewhere fun, a lot less conservative than I'm used to, and be able to get a job to support my kids and I with as cheap of rent as possible. Friendly atmosphere is a must and the lower the crime rate the better. Where do you suggest I go?
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:42 AM
Location: Salem, OR
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None of our cities fit those criteria. Oregon is not cheap and our job market isn't good out here. We're at 11.9% unemployment right now.

Otherwise, based on some of the other things Bend would probably be the closest to what you are looking for. It has one of the worst job markets in the state though.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:20 PM
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Oregon is a beautiful place. However, due the same mentality that keeps the nature so preserved also chases off business. The job market is horrible. Cost of living his high & the pay is low...... a price you pay to step outside to the beauty.
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:20 AM
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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If you can afford where you live now, maybe you should think about how to make it work for you there. If I were a young mother again, I wouldn't move here without resources & connections in place. If you have family where you are, that's even more reason to stay.

If you are secure there, you could visit here & think it over for a few years. Also, kids hate changing schools...

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Old 08-26-2009, 02:31 PM
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twilight, Bend would have the recreation you're looking for. I don't know if there is much ice climbing per se but plenty of access to common winter sports. Bend's economy is is really bad shape right now. Worst in the state for a non-rural area.

The common response on this forum is to look for a job first. We're not saying that to be cruel or exclusionary, but because that's really what Oregon is like right now. Tons of bright, educated, can-do people pouring in, while the job market shrinks. That doesn't mean you shouldn't come out here, but you might want to feel out the job market first.
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