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Old 10-25-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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I am currently living in Madison, WI. My boyfriend and I are are in our early 20's, he's going to the Mt Hood Community College and i'll be graduating from school for masssage therapy and just looking for a job. We will be taking a trip there for the first time in may and dont know what are high crime areas and which areas are more safe. We would like to live within 30 minutes from gresham if not in gresham, looking for aparmtents not any more than $800 rent with pets allowed. But also fairly close to downtown portland. Any information is greatly appreciated!!!!.....also any areas that are just beautiful to live by would be good to know too thanks!!!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Gresham is quite a distance from down town, it you intend to commute to down town then look for something convenient to a Max stop (a Max line goes to Gresham).

Massage therapy schools must be really promoting their programs, graduates are a dime a dozen out here. You will need to pass the Oregon exam first. Masseuses are like beauticians, you need to build a following. In an economic downturn one of the first things people cut is a massage.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Thanks, I'm actaully in school in Wisconsin now and will be graduating in May. Im hoping i wont have trouble finding a job but i do know that it can be hard at this time. So that's why we are thinking Gresham to be close to Mt Hood. And close to downtown for me is like a half hour or so. I've been looking on craigslist and this website for information to help us decide. We are looking for a place that in a nice area, like fairly safer and pretty areas.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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You will find the City of Gresham to be as safe as Downtown Madison. Physical violence is low, but at times property crimes do occur. Domestic Disputes about the same as Madison, is my guess. This ain't so true south of the City of Gresham, don't be fooled by the cheaper rent.

You will want to check out the Mass Transit system for the Portland area:
TriMet: Public Transportation for the Portland, Oregon, Metro Area
Good housing bargains can be had along MAX light rail system between SE 122st and the end of the line in Gresham, where you can catch a bus to Mt Hood CC main campus.

There are lots of MTs in Portland. Not all have jobs. Local schools pump out more MT graduates each year.

Aside: Just so you are aware, Gresham is culturally further apart from inner Portland than Middleton is from central Madison. Gresham is a non-unique 'burb community mostly interchangeable with 'burb communities elsewhere. Family orientated. Limited student night life. YMMV.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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thank you very much that actaully helped quite a bit
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:55 PM
 
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Default Your Portland move....

The great thing about Portland is there are dozens of neighborhoods and all are different: different vibes, income levels, crime rates, etc....

So..if you need to stay within a half-hour from Gresham and want to be close to Portland, consider exploring some of the neighborhoods through close-in NE Portland. I live in far SE (probably too far for your needs)...but I am hearing that NE Portland is really growing and safer than it used to be. I don't know neighborhoods well up that way...but just stop in a coffee shop and ask some locals and you'll have a long list before long.

Do keep in mind that the traffic on I-84 from Portland area to Gresham can be bad...but with some planning, not the worst.

Good luck!!
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