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Old 02-09-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
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Hi all,

I am a masters student (21) at the University of Warwick in England, and seem to be thinking of moving away all the time. I want an adventure, something new, in a beautiful place... I have been looking at cities all over the USA and Portland is in my short list! One question I have is; does it rain more in Portland than London? From the stats it seems to rain more in Portland and a big part of moving away from the UK is to have a much more outdoors way of life, which I'm worried the rain might limit. The rain and darkness in the UK can affect my mood; so climate wise when it rains in Portland is it typically a short heavy shower or more of a misty drizzle? So far Portland seem almost spot on with your gardens/coast/forest/lakes and rivers, plus you guys can go skiing in your mountains, something that is a little hard in the south east of England...

Does anyone know what the technology jobs market is like, especially clean tech as this is what my projects have been in at Uni.


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Old 02-09-2008, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR.
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More of a mistry drizzle. The weather here is very similar to northwestern Europe actually.
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Portland will indeed have a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities for you; but I'm afraid the dark, gray, and wet fall/winter/spring will very similar to the weather in London you've said you're trying to escape.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
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From other threads I see lots of people having problems with finding a place to live (However most of these seem to be families). How much easier do you think it is to find a place for a young single man?

Does anyone know what the technology jobs market is like, especially clean tech as this is what my projects have been in at Uni. Just to add a little extra information, I would be looking to move in about 18 months or so - in other words when my degree end!
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
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p.s. the other cities I'm looking at are:

Portland ( I'm just a bit worried about the weather and job market)
Denver (+Very outdoorsy, sunny - have read about smog, maybe too dry)
Seattle (seems like a bigger Portland to me, and I'm not a fan of over busy places)
San Fransico (+My Proff says he can get me a job there quickly -expensive, more crime.)

I plan to have a holiday within the next 18 months in order to spend time in my top 3 out of the list abov; so your input makes a difference. What do you guys think of my list?
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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I don't know about Denver, but the other three all have the same kind of vibe, though San Francisco is the busiest and incredibly expensive. The difference between Portland and London is that Portland, while urban, has many open spaces for activity within the city (not just parks to relax in) and very close by so that you can stay active all year. I haven't spent a winter in London, but I've been there in Fall and it's such a big city that when the weather isn't good you just stay indoors (i.e. it's hard to get to more rural outdoor spaces/recreation). People here do that too but they don't have to if that makes sense. There is plenty to do outdoors during off weather, you just have to be willing to buy the right clothing. And you're right--you can ski in a not very long drive as well to keep active during the winter. Many people buy season passes and go most weekends. If you really want to go somewhere drastically different than London Denver would probably be it but if it were me I'd pick Portland, Seattle or SF over Denver in a heartbeat. But that's just me.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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BTW, with the crappy forcast for the economy world wide at this point it's really hard to say where any of those cities will be in terms of the job market 18 months from now. Each city has different things that will make it do better or worse depending on what happens.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
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thanks, indeed the economy is a huge issue, and the US is slowing first, but things are slowing here in the UK too. Which is why i'm thinking it might be wise to save for a year or so after uni to gain more experience and make the move easier; but then the best minds in the world don't really know what is going to happen...
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Buckinghamshire, England
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btw I just wanted to list some of my reasons for wanting to move from the UK:

(1)Not really an outdoor way of life.
(2)Too many people in too small a place, I often feel crowded (and it's getting worse)

(3)Stupidly expensive. hight cost of living, high taxes..
(4)Economy is too focused on finance, while scientists and engineers are not given enough respect.
(5) Growing impact of Islam in the county.
(6) Crummy little roads.
(7) Too much red tape.
(8) I want an adventure.

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Old 02-10-2008, 06:08 PM
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Ever consider Austin, TX?
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