Living in Portland Oregon is an absolute treat! I've been to many states throughout the US (not as many as I would like to; I love to travel!) and nowhere else makes me feel as good as Portland.
I grew up on the SE side, in Milwaukie. I attended View Acres grade school, McLoughlin Jr High and finally Rex Putnam High School. I ended up graduating from Tigard High, but that's a story for another time. The majority of my life has been spent in and around Portland and I feel very blessed.
As an example of the differences between Portland and other cities, I have never seen a place that takes such pride in the cleanliness of their city, especially the streets.
Because everyone here is walking, biking, running, exercising, and moving, Men's Health voted Portland as the number one most active city in America, out of 100 other cities. That's says a lot about our priorities!
As a family with children, you'll find some of the finest education throughout the Portland area. When they reach college age, you'll discover some excellent college and vocational school, such as Portland State and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland (formally, Western Culinary Institute).
Locals are numero uno in the eyes of the city government. Expansion is a constant and improvement and being on the cutting-edge of life is top of the list. The powers that be are in an ever-moving mindset to make the city of Portland a safe and amazing place to live.
Now, we're not perfect, but who is? The key point I'm making is that Portland is always moving forward and looking toward the future. The people living in Portland Oregon soon realize that, even before they put down roots and it's exactly the reason so many people from California and the surrounding states are looking to relocate here.
Portland is safe, hospitable, business and family minded and just an all-around terrific city to live in. Here's a couple tidbits for you that make living in Portland Oregon unique:
Oregon doesn't have a sales tax. Us voters just keep shooting it down. Our governing body relies on a state income tax to keep things moving and shaking.
If you think about getting out to pump your own gas here, think again. Fire hazard, inconvenience to older citizens and other reasons have been given for the Oregon legislature giving a hardy "NO WAY" to the practice of self-serve gas stations.
Here's all sorts of information to help you get acquainted with the city of Portland:
....and there's more things to tell about living in Portland Oregon to come. Just give me time. ;)
What do you like about living in Portland? The restaurants? The shopping? The people? The scenery? There's a 1001 different reasons people love Portland. Tell us yours!
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