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Moving to Portland: Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Portland is one of the hottest cities in the US right now. Last year the population grew by approximately 41,000 people, and it’s not showing signs of slowing down. In fact, Portland’s growth may soon result in another congressional seat for the state of Oregon. If you’re thinking about making a move to Portland, stop binging seasons of Portlandia and read this list of pros and cons before calling in local movers.

GOOD – Bikeability

Portland is frequently called one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. The area between Division, Belmont, and Alberta makes up a bikeable downtown. During the day, you can bike to work or your favorite local coffee shop. During the evenings, you can drunkenly crawl through numerous food trucks and dive bars. Oh, one more thing. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the word.

BAD – The Real Estate Market

Portland’s rampant popularity has caused rental prices to skyrocket. In high-value areas, you can find apartments with 250 square feet for close to $1000 per month. The housing market isn’t much better. In fact, homes are so expensive that some Oregonians can’t even afford to buy houses in Portland. On the bright side, Portland doesn’t have a sales tax. Don’t get too excited, though. The city makes up for it with a higher-than-average income tax. Before you start requesting moving estimates, make sure to calculate your new income tax rate.

UGLY – The Environment

If you’ve watched Twilight, you know that the Pacific Northwest gets a lot of rain. Portland is no different. On average, the city gets 35 inches of rain per year. If you hate to be wet or struggle with seasonal affective disorder, Portland may not be the city for you. On the other hand, Portland’s rare sunny days are a sight to behold. Additionally, the city is close to several hiking trails and one national park.

GOOD – Green

The green culture is just one of the reasons that hipsters flock to Portland. Oregon has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the nation and more greens buildings per capita than any other state. Oregon also has high rates of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Portland also ranks as one of the greenest cities in the world. Instead of individuals trash cans, Portland provides a trio of bins for recycling, composting, and garbage.

BAD – The Big One

There’s one more thing you need to know about Portland’s ecosystem. The west coast (including Portland) is overdue for an earthquake. This earthquake, known as “the big one” is supposed to be at least an 8.0 on the richter scale. It’s supposed to be the worst natural disaster in US history, and there is a 10% chance that it will happen in the next 50 years.

UGLY – Pro Sports

If you’re constantly looking for your next sports fix, Portland may not be the city for you. The city doesn’t have an NFL or MLB team, and it’s unlikely that it will get one in the near future. On the bright side, Portland does have a thriving soccer community. The Portland Timbers even won the MLS cup in 2015. However, if you need baseball and football in your life, Seattle or San Diego may be a better fit.


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