Anyone from (or know anything about) Portland? My so has decided that he would like to live there and I'm like wtf.
I've been in Portland
for over 2 years and am still in love with this city. The city itself is small (500,000) but the entire Metro area is about twice that. Pros:
lots to do. The ocean is an hour & 1/2 drive, Mt Hood is 45 minutes away for skiing & hiking, Mt St Helens is 50 miles away & great to watch puff & steam, public transit is great, it's a very bike friendly and eco-conscious, very liberal & progressive, often referred to as the most european city in america, the weather is great in the summer, you only need air conditioning for about 1 week of the entire year, it rains in the winter but snows on the ski hills, all the rain makes for a lot of green grass & trees, it rains less here than in Seattle, slower & more relaxed vibe than Seattle or San Francisco, many parks, random patches of forest in the city limits, vibrant music & arts scene, bars everywhere, mibro brew beer everywhere (there's a huge micro-brew festival in the park on the water in the summer), cost of living is good (my 2br is $700 a month & I can walk to work downtown), dedication to local business, farmer's markets all year, most affordable large city on the West Coast, access to naturapathic/alternative medicine, best city for vegetarian/vegan lifestyle according to PETA Cons:
very white, ethnic groups tend to stay in "their" neighborhoods, the police shoot & kill a ridiculous number of people, homeless/mental health problem that the city can't seem to alleviate, traffic, urban sprawl in the suburbs, cost to buy a house in the city is really high, winter can be very grey (there are occasional sun breaks, like today)