Hi everyone, i would like to send my message out in hopes of getting some recommendations on great places to live and work in Oregon. I have never been and thought i would start with this discussion board to research good communities.
What is important to me above all in choosing a place to work is a definite preference for smaller, reputably safe communities as i would be relocating with my family and this is priority #1. I love the outdoors so access to the forests and mountains are definitely a plus also. I would of course be looking for an area that is affordable and reasonably priced in terms of accommodation if there is such a thing!
Hope you can help, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 22, '06
If you are looking for a 'safe', smaller city, family oriented, and with easy access to the forests and mountains, my top three choices would be: Eugene, Corvallis and Bend.
Eugene is a small, bike-friendly smaller city surrounded by forests, and just a short drive to the mountains. I find the housing prices heading to outrageous, but coming from Canada, perhaps they wouldn't seem as bad to you. We have two large hospitals here, both moving within the area and enlarging. It's a laid-back town with a lively cultural scene. Very little snow, lots of rain. Beautiful summers. Lots of hiking/biking trails, as well as the rivers. And friendly folks.
Corvallis is a smaller city - also home to a university. Prices are higher than in some other areas. Seems like a great place to me, but haven't lived there and really don't know that much about it. Lots of beautiful scenery and great hiking trails.
Bend is the up and coming community, that is growing by leaps and bounds. It is just east (across the mountain pass) from Eugene. Lots of snow, skiing etc. Much colder, but believe lots less rain than closer to the coast. Think housing prices are high there also.
Salem is the capital city. Small but very nice, and they have a lovely hospital.
There are many smaller communities on the coast. Newport is one of the larger communities with a nice hospital. I personally loved living on the coast, but of course, that makes it further to travel to the mountains.
Coos Bay/North Bend are lovely small communities on south central coast. Nice size hospital. May be a bit too small for you though, and not much really going on locally.
Going further down the state, there is the Grant's Pass/Medford area. Ashland is a quaint (but expensive) town that is a lot of fun to visit. Home of Southern Oregon University, and has lots of cultural events.
Hope this has been some help to you. Feel free to PM me if you'd like further information. And I'd love to hear where you decide on. It surely is a beautiful state!
Last edit by weetziebat on Apr 22, '06