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I want to move to Oregon after my husband graduates college. I'm not sure why, I think it's that I love sunshine, and hiking, and mountains, and have a burning longing to see the ocean. 

Does anyone here live in Oregon?? If so, where, and do you like it?

i grew up in WA. i love OR. great state.

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All vegans are supposed to go to Portland.  It's vegan mecca.  Go there.

I've never been.  But go!  And tell us how it is!

But yeah, I've only heard really great things about Oregon and Washington both.

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My friend lives there. She said I'd live it, as a vegan... said it's beautiful...
And on and on and on.
I look forward to visiting one day :)

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I love the Oregon coast. I applied to go to school in Eugene.

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I'm heading out there as soon as I graduate. I'm looking for jobs in Portland. Seattle is my second choice.

Let's go!!

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love sunshine, and hiking, and mountains, and have a burning longing to see the ocean.  

central coast of california, our sun is sunnier and our trees are bigger.  and surfing.  i doubt you could surf in oregon

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I lived in Corvallis, Oregon.  Yes Oregon is pretty with all the nature, but on the west side of the state it rains, and rains, and rains, and rains, and rains some stinking more!!!  That's why it's so pretty and green.  Hiking is great, and the coast is pretty.  The beaches are cool and windy for the most part...not the kind of beach where you go sunbathing...even in the summer.  It's a different kind of pretty coast.  Portland is good for vegans...and for people that like consignment stores.  Houses are expensive to buy though and property taxes are high because of no sales tax.  Bend is pretty...but I've never lived there, so I don't know how it is with buying the cool veganised products...like vegan cream cheese and what not.  But there is more sunshine there, and great hiking, skiing and pretty, pretty mountains.  You can just make a road trip to the coast and see the beach on the weekend when you get the itch to see lot'sa water!!! 

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i've heard oregon is awesome, beautiful and fun.  but sunshine is not something that i connected with portland.    if you want hippies, vegan food and sunshine, you should come to my town : )  (i'm not biased..... haha)

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I had a friend who lived in Portland.  It rains more in Portland than in Seattle.  And the cost of living is high.  And jobs are harder to come by.  And traffic is almost as bad as SoCal.  I'm not sure the great local music and vegan options would make up for it.

Eugene is halfway up the state.  I'd choose Eugene over Portland.  It's smaller, UC Oregon is there so there should be some sort of job available, and it'd still be vegan friendly.

I wouldn't choose Medford/Ashland, your southern Oregon choice.  It's small, not vegan friendly, and you're insanely far away from everything.

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I second Eugene.  It's vegan friendly, lots of fun hippies, and is pretty.  Ashland is a fun town, sunny, great hiking, but it's very isolated, and from what my SIL says, houses there are stinking expensive.

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i've heard oregon is awesome, beautiful and fun.  but sunshine is not something that i connected with portland.    if you want hippies, vegan food and sunshine, you should come to my town : )  (i'm not biased..... haha)

Okay, So I admit I had to look at your profile to see where you are from. BUT  I am a vegetarian (slowly transitioning to vegan), I LOVE music, I've been singing since I was five, and I love me some Quakers!  unfortunately, my hubby hates Texas. Not sure why though..... but we should still be friends  ;D

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i've heard oregon is awesome, beautiful and fun.  but sunshine is not something that i connected with portland.     if you want hippies, vegan food and sunshine, you should come to my town : )  (i'm not biased..... haha)

Okay, So I admit I had to look at your profile to see where you are from. BUT  I am a vegetarian (slowly transitioning to vegan), I LOVE music, I've been singing since I was five, and I love me some Quakers!   unfortunately, my hubby hates Texas. Not sure why though..... but we should still be friends   ;D

yay!!  we should be friends.  and about your hubby.  austin is to texas what charleston is to south carolina and asheville is to north carolina.  its the exception.  its so much different than every other part of texas.  especially now (well it's been happening for a while) that people from all over the country are moving to austin, i guess thats another thing like portland, it attracts alternative folks.  theres a columnist in the austin paper that writes about how all of these californians move to austin and crowd our roads.  haha.  i dont think hes too happy about the influx of hippies.  but, the towns so awesome!  you cant blame people for movin somewhere that they like.

austin is also considered the musical capital of the u.s.... supposively. 

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And South by Southwest is in Austin, right?  Not that I could ever afford a pass.  They're like $500-$1,000.

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yeah and austin city limits, another large music fest.  sxsw is crazy.  there are TONS of free things to do.  actually, i think the free concerts are better.  we had one for girls rock camp, it was a free show at a coffee shop and the headlining band was the guitarists from the raincoats and their kids.  it was soo good!!

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I am originally from West Texas, and lived in Houston, Dallas, spent some time in Austin--basically, I lived all over Texas.  All of that to say, I've lived in Portland for more than 3 years, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.  I live in Portland, and it's incredibly easy to be vegan here, that's true.  Most restaurants have vegan options which is great.  The farmers markets are frequent and easy to come by.  It's also really to live without a car if that's something your into.  I haven't owned a car the entire time I've lived here and manage just fine.  The people are nice, and we, of course, have the Vegan Mini-mall, which is awesome.  The beer and coffee are first-rate.  Tons of locally owned stores everywhere.  The money I make and spend goes directly back into the community, which I feel good about.  The summers in Portland are SO beautiful.  I can't even begin to describe how temperate they are.  Everything is green, the sun shines and rarely gets into the high 90s.  Fresh fruit everywhere - apples, persimmons, figs, asian pears, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, marionberries oh my!  The summers make it all worth it. . .

Granted, there is definitely a tight job market.  Plenty of unemployed and under-employed people all over the city.  The liquor is expensive and not easy to get because there's specific stores and it's just a hassle. Now, the rain. . . First of all, and I hesitate to say this because it's a well kept secret that the myth of the rain is spread to prevent people (read: californians) from moving here.  Yes, there are times when it rains everyday for 20 or so days.  Depending on where you're from though, you have to think of rain differently.  Here it's an all day sprinkle, not a downpour or thunderstorm like we had in Texas.  Plus, after your first year it just becomes a fact of life and you get used to it pretty quickly.  Buy a decent rain jacket--people rarely carry umbrellas. That's how we spot tourists or new residents.  Also by how they pronounce certain landmarks - Willamette (wil-AM-it, like dammit) River, Couch (cooch, yes, i know) Street.

Eastern Oregon is much more arid.  Fewer trees, more snow.  I've never lived out there, but I understand it gets really cold. 

I can't really speak to the rest of the state.  It's all beautiful and definitely livable.  Feel free to send me a private message if you have any other questions. 

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Herro there.  I moved to Portland, Oregon last year after living on the east coast. I had to move to Utah this winter but I can not wait to get back to Oregon. The city is great for vegetarian lifestyles and there is a huge population of us veg*ns, although I enjoyed Boston's veg restaurants more. The veg resturants in Portland are a lot of the time contrived feeling to me like they are just open for the money, or they are just too expensive to go to for my budget.  There are farmer's markets and city parks galore in Portland, and the cost of living is about HALF of east coast cities that I have lived in. You don't really need a car there like Jake said, the transit system goes on for miles outside of the city.

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There are farmer's markets and city parks galore in Portland, and the cost of living is about HALF of east coast cities that I have lived in. I got a nice 1br for my boy and I in the middle of the city (woot Couch St.) for $600/mo.  I didn't have trouble finding a job at all but I work in tech support/computers where the markets are big in Oregon. You don't really need a car there like Jake said, the transit system goes on for miles outside of the city. Bike culture, DIY, live music, *ahem* smoking, and gardening culture are everywhere and people are laid back and cool compared to most places (with things like dress codes etc.) Their motto is 'keep Portland weird." It's overall a small, quiet walkable city, nice small local shops are all around without a Walmart even close to downtown. 

The smoking ban went into effect at Midnight, Jan 1st.  No more smoking in bars in Portland. 

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Kewl, but I didn't mean that kind of smoking. I meant that.. basically, most of the downtown convenience stores and gas stations even, sell smoking "accessories". And there are lots of head shops in SE.

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The whole Northwest is beautiful, but sunshine isn't something thats very abundant. It's so easy to be vegan in portland. My girlfriend and I just moved here in October, and live down the street from a vegan resteraunt. People here are a lot friendlier than people form California, and the cost of living isn't very high (just a little more than the central valley of california, SIGNIFICANTLY less than SF/LA/San Diego).

I guess I'm just talking about portland, and not just oregon. But spending time outside of portland, the state doesn't seem as veg friendly as it gets credit for. Portland is half of the states entire population, and Eugene is TINY, you barely notice you drove through it on the 1-5. Salem sucks, and everywhere else is just a tiny town.

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I love the Oregon coast. I applied to go to school in Eugene.

I applied to UO as well! And my boyfriend already got accepted.  So we're moving from LA to Eugene in September.  I'm so excited about it!

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