depends what part of oregon. im from portland oregon, which many ppl say is like boise. cost of living is higher. crime is higher. if u go to downtown pdx, lots of homeless ppl. portland is known for being kinda hippy and artsy, and really into supporting local stuff. we are on the up and coming in the culinary scene. we are known for being really bike friendly and just super friendly in general (since i was born and raised here and never lived anywhere else i dont consider us overly friendly, but that's what everyone who moves to portland thinks). portland is gorgeous. there are tons of malls and shopping places. you can be in the city but still drive out to the beach or to the mountains. really, portland is an amazing place. it has everything and you get to experience all four seasons (tho this year the rain and cold is staying longer than usual). as for corvallis, which u mentioned in a previous post, i went down there for school for two years, really country, the biggest thing down there was a Fred Meyer (one stop shopping center for food, clothes, etc...). its close to eugene, which is where Univ. of Oregon is, which is now really well known b/c of the Oregon ducks and there BCS appearance.