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Old 04-14-09, 01:15 PM
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Sell me on Portland OR

My girlfriend is talking about moving to Portland OR in the future. Please tell me why it would be a good place to live for me.

I love cycling in the dry desert heat, and the fact that it rarely rains here. What is so good about Portland that would make me enjoy living there?
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Old 04-14-09, 01:34 PM
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your girlfriend and everybody else...immigration from other states is a growth industry here



I wouldn't come if you don't have at least one job between you before you get here...

but if you want to be sold, Portland summers, short as they are, are probably nicer than almost anyplace else in the country. and the desert is only a 2 to 3 hour drive away, and the beach is even closer....


All sorts of bike stuff to do:

https://www.shifttobikes.org/cal/

Move to Portland, ride yer bike!

More microbreweries, coffee shops and strip clubs per capita than anyplace else in the country too
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Originally Posted by jtron View Post
portland is closed. don't move here because it sucks. the bike community is horrible, the bike shops suck, it rains all the time. i can answer any and all questions you may have on this horrible horrible city.
Didn't you just have a thread that got banned or something?
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
your girlfriend and everybody else...immigration from other states is a growth industry here



I wouldn't come if you don't have at least one job between you before you get here...

but if you want to be sold, Portland summers, short as they are, are probably nicer than almost anyplace else in the country. and the desert is only a 2 to 3 hour drive away, and the beach is even closer....


All sorts of bike stuff to do:

https://www.shifttobikes.org/cal/

Move to Portland, ride yer bike!
My buddy looked for a job for 5 months after he moved there.
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Old 04-14-09, 01:47 PM
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It rains, alot, coming from the desert will be a major adjustment. If you can get through a couple of winters, you'll either stay of flee. Cycling in Oregon is the best in the country, nothing even close from my experience.
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Old 04-14-09, 01:49 PM
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I can't recommend it. Rain is a drag. There is only a few months that it doesn't rain and those are some nice months, but man the rain is a drag. Since moving here, I've put in far less hours on the bike than when I lived on the other coast.
People are nice, Portland itself is pretty cool. Lots of great pubs and the wilderness is beautiful in Oregon. But, I think we're almost tied with Michigan when it comes to having the highest unemployment in the nation. I like living here, but if I knew then what I know now, I may not have moved here.
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Old 04-14-09, 03:54 PM
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I'm just up the coast in Seattle, but I've been to PDX enough to chime in. It's a great city to ride in if you can tolerate the fact that we get insufferable amounts of rain up here. The awesome (although short) summers make up for it, but the fall through spring can be difficult for some people to adjust to.
Portland has the advantage over Seattle of being a flatter city in general, so cycling around it isn't so much of a daunting task. Portland also has a better restaurant scene than Seattle does. There's an awesome 'cross scene up this way, if that's your thing. Portland also has a huge fixed gear and utility bike scene (insane utility cyclists who move entire houses worth of stuff!)
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Old 04-14-09, 05:22 PM
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actually, Portland only gets about 36 inches of rain per year on average, that's less than NYC, Austin, TX and a lot of other places in the country.
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Old 04-14-09, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
actually, Portland only gets about 36 inches of rain per year on average, that's less than NYC, Austin, TX and a lot of other places in the country.
True, but it's in kind of a rain sheltered area. I've also become fairly convinced that the official numbers from the airport are notably lower than quite a bit of the rest of the city. You can see the dry spot in the map below.

And Portland has an average of 68 clear days per year (30% or less cloud cover). That means 297 days of partly cloudy to overcast conditions. I'm still looking for number of days of rain info. It doesn't rain hard, but it does rain frequently.

Besides, it's getting awfully crowded over here.

By the way, did you ever watch the History Channel Show Axmen? That purple spot on the map due west of Portland is roughly where that was filmed.

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Old 04-14-09, 05:37 PM
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actually because that graph is a 29 year average and the newest data is almost 20 years old, it's out of date. the average annual rainfall has been dropping in Portland over the past 25 years.

Best Recent Rainfall Data for Portland
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Old 04-14-09, 05:41 PM
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I think it just boils down to weather you like rain or not. When I lived in Northern California we got a lot of rain, but generally only in Winter. That was enough for me. If I had to endure rain during winter, fall and spring, I'd go crazy. But that's why I ended up in San Diego.
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Old 04-14-09, 05:44 PM
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True, but I doubt it's dropped more than about 10%.

I didn't see long term data in the link you provided?
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Originally Posted by iamlucky13 View Post
I didn't see long term data in the link you provided?
it's ~ the last 10 years only, you need to go to a NWS site or equivalent for older data
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For me Portland fell into the "I love visiting but not sure if I could live here" category. It wasn't so much rain as the cloudiness. If I had a job lined up there I would absolutely give it a shot tho. If you like bikes you have to go at least once.
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Old 04-14-09, 06:21 PM
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In fairness to the request of the OP, I really like the weather and geography in the area, and part of that is the fact that I like the rain.

Also, I've never been to Nevada, but I'm told the attitude here is different than other places. It's definitely different than southern California, and supposedly much different than the east coast.

I was just whining because because of all the people moving here driving the cost of living and unemployment rates up and making it more crowded.
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the more people that move to Portland, the better for keeping the value of my house up

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The rain isn't as bad as people make it out to be, much of the time it is more of a mist than a rain. Rarely are there strong downpours like you see in the Midwest.
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Move to wyoming.
Anyhow, what I remember from delivering to portland was not so much the rain but the lovely ruts on the highway I used that seemed to hold large amounts of water. Hopefully, they finally fixed it.
Besides that their airport stinks but the rest of the city was decent. I suppose if you suffer from SAD it could be annoying.
Honestly I like Seattle more.
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Originally Posted by randya View Post
actually, Portland only gets about 36 inches of rain per year on average, that's less than NYC, Austin, TX and a lot of other places in the country.
True... it just comes .1" at a time, meaning it still rains - or drizzles - most of the year!
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True... it just comes .1" at a time, meaning it still rains - or drizzles - most of the year!
That's not right, over half the year is beautiful. I lived in Colorado Springs for 22 years, I much prefer this climate. It doesn't rain or drizzle most of the year.
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Hey, I prefer the PNW to COS, too. I lived north of Seattle for nearly 15 years in Anacortes. Where we were, we got about 22" of rain a year compared to Seattle's 37" if I remember right. But summer started in July (maybe June) and ended in September (maybe October). So you get 3-5 months of summer; and summer out there is spectacular! And 7-9 months of overcast, rain or drizzle and occasional (except this year where it appears to be frequent!) snow.

I love it out there and it's high (#2 right now, but only a hair from #1) on my potential post military retirement locations.
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My brother and I had been wanting to move to Portland (or Eugene) but the lack of jobs has pretty much decided it for us. I don't think the clouds and rain would bother me much, especially if the rain is usually just misty or drizzling. That's my favorite weather! We get more rain here, but it all comes down in big showers that are dispersed fairly evenly throughout the year. Plus Portland has similarly mild winters, but without the horrible, horrible summers that make me want to hang myself.
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1) Beer is much better than what you have

2) You're a short drive from surf or skiing

3) Summer weather just doesn't get better than what we have

4) The rain is not that big a deal. I hated it at first, but it keeps everything green, the fish happy, and snow in the mountains. You can ride year 'round

5) The city is probably more interesting than what you have. Seattle's nearby and that's a decent place to visit
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
...what I remember from delivering to portland was not so much the rain but the lovely ruts on the highway I used that seemed to hold large amounts of water. Hopefully, they finally fixed it.
studded tire damage; still happening, no money in the state budget to fix it, no political will to ban the damn things either.

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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Seattle's nearby and that's a decent place to visit
Vancouver B.C. is even better, and only six hours away (if you don't get stuck in Seattle traffic on the way...)

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