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Old 04-24-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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How's living on west coast?!?

My girlfriend and I have been preparing to move to either Oregon/California/Washington (leaning more towards Oregon) and would like to have everything set in stone. We have been planning for awhile and looks like we are getting serious. We are hoping to move within the year or two....Here in Western New York we love the land but only SOME of the people,the weather is just fine for me my girlfriend wouldn't mind it if it was warmer though

I would like to hear some pros and cons of the west coast. We are both die hard jeepers and Iv read jeepin is way better there than east coast. I would like to know how the people are, weather, animals, fishing, jobs, I'm a social servant so I should be able to bank on that for a job...any help or advice would be appreciated!! Thanks!

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EVERYTHING in CA causes cancer that's leaves CA out! The weather in the other two could be an issue too. Tax rate, weather, politics, etc...

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Oregon is Awesome!!! Lotsa hunting/ fishing/ jeep trails.
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If you enjoy gloomy weather move to Oregon or Washington. I'm a native Southern Californian and this is where you can see and do more in one day than you can in a month in one of those other miserable places.

The only cancer we have in California is from the sun because it shines every day. We ran those toxic waste generators out of our state many years ago... so you can drink the water here as well.

It really depends on what you like to do... sitting at home staring at the gloom or getting out and enjoying life.



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How Politically correct are you? I would keep my mouth shut for the 1st year. You don't want to end up saying something stupid that will get you in trouble, ie "I'm a registered Republican, own a gun, and drive a Jeep rather than a Prius."

Seattle folks tend to be a bit stand offish.
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How Politically correct are you? I would keep my mouth shut for the 1st year. You don't want to end up saying something stupid that will get you in trouble, ie "I'm a registered Republican, own a gun, and drive a Jeep rather than a Prius." Seattle folks tend to be a bit stand offish.
So do Oregonians.

So do us a favor and stay in Cali
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We don't concern our selves with politics too often...so I don't see that being a problem...but definitely see Oregon being more up my alley. Thanks for the outlook so far keep em comin!
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I spend time in both California (southern and northern) and central Oregon and Southern Oregon...

Southern California:
Pros: Things to do (I can ride dirt bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, go to the beach, wheel a little, and go to dinner all in 1 day)
Cons: Traffic, cost of living

Northern California:
Pros: quiet, everything is still only about an hour to 2 away, all types of weather, more family oriented
Cons: less activities as southern california

Oregon in general if you love outdoors stuff its awesome. there seems to be a commute everywhere you want to go but when I go up there I can literally get up from my family cabin and hop on my dirt bike. only con is that you can't pump your own fuel but that goes both ways.. and theres no tax (thats a pro)!
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Wa and Oregon has climate changes so extreme they both are like 2 states in each. You can live where its gray, rainy and cool 8 months of the year. Or you can live where its dry, desert, and sunny 300+ days a year in either state.
Oregon has no sales tax, but they do have state income tax.. Where Wa has sales tax, but no state income tax.
Oregon has NBA... Wa has NFL and MLB
*Rant* Oregon has the worse drivers in the USA, they all drive in the left lane and thats no exaggeration. If you move from anywhere besides west coast, or drive around the US you notice it right away. Their speed limits are low, and drivers aren't allowed to pump their own gas (because the state knows their drivers are slow in the head? end rant)
And last reason why Wa is better than both Cali and Oregon?? We have Legal marijuana that's taxed like ciggs (ala Colorado)..
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Personally, I will not move to CA.

OR/WA... the cost of living will vary greatly depending on where you settle down. In Seattle metro or Portland metro will be the most expensive.. the smaller the town usually means the lower the coast of living. You can get very rural in a heartbeat in OR. You need to visit and rent in a couple locations to get a feel for what is your speed. For housing check out the RMLS website and cross check the MLS# with the info you can get from Redfin.com

Both have year round fishing and wheeling opportunities.

Granted WA may have OR (currently) on the legalized smokes (if that's your thing) - I bet that OR will toss it out on the ballet this next go round, too.

Portland is the microbrew capitol of the world! There are over 500 microbrew events in July alone in the Portland metro area. This doesn't even talk about the wine events.

OR is home to the world's longest/largest relay race - Hood To Coast
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Missouri anyone, no? Okay
I'm a California native living in Missouri. Love it here much better.
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How Politically correct are you? I would keep my mouth shut for the 1st year. You don't want to end up saying something stupid that will get you in trouble, ie "I'm a registered Republican, own a gun, and drive a Jeep rather than a Prius."

Seattle folks tend to be a bit stand offish.
Ever been to Republic, Colville, Morton? While the metro areas certainly cast a big shadow over state politics, that influence shows little in wide swaths of both OR and WA.

My take on both states is if you live near the coast you better like rain. The central portions of both are pretty arid-Cascade rain shadow-and precip picks up on the eastern sides.

The Blue and Wallowa Mountains' areas in eastern Oregon are second to none I can think of. Like anywhere, lots of different things to do depending on the specific location.

My kudos to anyone that puts location at the top of their career choices. I decided at a very young age that I wasn't going to live anyplace that didn't have some decent mountains to feed the Jeeping/skiing/fishing/backpacking habits and it worked out reasonably well. Actually really well.
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Living most of my life within sight of Seattle I can say you better like gray. When it is nice there is probably not a better palce to be, problem is at best that is only 100 days a year.

If I was going to choose one place on the west coast to live I would probably pick Medford Oregon. Beaches, 1-2 hours away, Mountians, you are living in them, the Rogue river, coolest place on earth. A days drive puts in Mexico or Canada. If I don't end up in Hawaii (Plan) I will end up in Medford.
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Native Californian (5th generation).. I live in Reno NV and like it much better than California... by a long shot.. If you do any shooting I'd recommend staying away form California, place is not firearm friendly (at least not for the proles).
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Native Californian (5th generation).. I live in Reno NV and like it much better than California... by a long shot.. ).
How is Nevada?? for farming we are kinda a homestead here and have heard Nevada is cheap and has a lot of land for cheap$...
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How is Nevada?? for farming we are kinda a homestead here and have heard Nevada is cheap and has a lot of land for cheap$...
Some of that cheap land exists in all western states but it's an absolute case of "you get what you pay for" unless you got scammed. Especially in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, a lot of the cheap land has virtually no usable water.

One other caution should be observed: there are a lot of patented mining claims that are being sold for "cabin" and condo sites. If you decide one of these is to your liking, most definitely do a do diligence investigation including at least several soil samples. This also applies to any area within 15 to 20 miles of a former smelter. A lot of those soils are heavily contaminated with heavy metals and arsenic and you could potentially be buying the clean-up costs along with the property. A few hundred bucks up front for sampling can save you many thousands down the road.
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Thanks Duffer, that had never crossed my mind. I will be looking into that for now on thanks a lot!!
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*Rant* Oregon has the worse drivers in the USA, they all drive in the left lane and thats no exaggeration.
Clearly you haven't been to South Florida
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How is Nevada?? for farming we are kinda a homestead here and have heard Nevada is cheap and has a lot of land for cheap$...
There's an amazing amount of farming in NV, however cheap land is often nearly useless land. There's a lot really crappy land that land brokers try to sell. We get winter here, it's pretty short.. summers are hot and dry. I'd suggest looking at Fallon, town is mostly a farming community.
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Clearly you haven't been to South Florida
I lived in Central for 10+ years, left that *** state 20 years ago. Thats when tourists were the people who didn't speak English.. Now English is the minority... But seriously, i visit Fl yearly for family and Oregon still is worse. That should scare you...
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I lived in Central for 10+ years, left that *** state 20 years ago. Thats when tourists were the people who didn't speak English.. Now English is the minority... But seriously, i visit Fl yearly for family and Oregon still is worse. That should scare you...
I've driven in Dubai and Kabul. Any place in the US is nothing compared to those lol
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LOL I guess there are worse places
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Native Californian (5th generation).. I live in Reno NV and like it much better than California... by a long shot.. If you do any shooting I'd recommend staying away form California, place is not firearm friendly (at least not for the proles).
I'm looking to retire in the next couple of years. I grew up in SD, but know that Cali is one of the LEAST hospitable to retirees. High taxes as was mentioned, & not very gun friendly. Northern Cali is much more laid back than So Cal.

Pick a place that you can live that has things to do that interest you. A job should not be the main focus of your life, but rather a means to getting you what you want out of life. It's not just about the work, it's what you can do outside of work too. If you're lucky enough to love your job, then that's great!

I think it's a shame that even though I grew in in Cali, I can't really afford to "go home"

As for worst drivers, I think there may none worse than DC drivers. Generally a blatant disregard for rules of the road, diplomats (& many others) who drive with a sense of entitlement, & generally use little intelligence when getting behind the wheel. And again I say "generally".

God luck with your decision!
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No dog in this fight....but from my experience when I was military and traveled "all over", Ca last place in the US I would live....and the weather in WA/ OR would make them iffy for me...maybe that's why I ended up back in the MIDWEST...Good Luck!!! We all gotta live somewhere.....and I guess someone has to live "out there"......
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SoCal if you like 'wheeling year-round

I'm from inland SoCal and I hope to never leave (again). I live 1 hr. from the mountains, 1 hr. from the desert, 1 hr. from the beach, 1 hr. from Hollywood/Los Angeles, 2 hrs. from the Mexican border, so adventure is always closeby.

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I have been getting a lot of info from this thread thanks guys! My GF and I have been looking into the things you good folks have mentioned...is it sad to say that Colorado is looking like an option lol ...we will be visiting Ouray CO later this summer then visiting Oregon after that..hopefully things go smooth so I can concentrate on scouting for land looking for 20+ acres for farming, jeeping, dogs, and I'm kinda a hermit lol thanks for all the help so far the pics are nice! My girlfriend and I enjoy reading everyone's opinions!
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I'm from the city of Angels now living in BC, Canada home of the Canadian Rockies.

Los Angeles is the best city in the US and ill tell you why.

1 is the best weather in the US of A, 2 the beach area specially during summer will blow your mind, 3 theme parks like disney,universal,knotts berry farm,6 flags etc., 4 is we got our own mountains like Mt.Whitney, desert, surf spot and if winter is your thing go to Big Bear mountains and ski or snowboarding, 5 if you like sports we got the Lakers,Dodgers,Angels & Kings if hockey is your thing 6 we make movies for everyone to see we call it hollywood and lots more but ill be here all day.

California is all american city we got everything and that I'm proud to say,I'm sure Florida got very nice weather as well but very stuffy during their summer months.

as far as gun friendly, the reason is everybody got automatic's thats why things like that are banned in CA we don't need no more and people don't have gun cases we got em in our waist line while we drive and walk at the same LA isn't as bad when it comes down to gangland compared to the 80's & 90's but it will never stop.

how many california songs out there can you think of, they make songs about us but i belong up here now canada's country is God's country specially the canadian rockies.
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I have been getting a lot of info from this thread thanks guys! My GF and I have been looking into the things you good folks have mentioned...is it sad to say that Colorado is looking like an option lol ...we will be visiting Ouray CO later this summer then visiting Oregon after that..hopefully things go smooth so I can concentrate on scouting for land looking for 20+ acres for farming, jeeping, dogs, and I'm kinda a hermit lol thanks for all the help so far the pics are nice! My girlfriend and I enjoy reading everyone's opinions!
This is pretty far off topic but if farming, jeeping, dogs and being a hermit are important to you, it is not necessary to go so far West Virginia is an amazing place to be. The land is rich, the jeeping is good and the level of solitude here is beautiful. We have wonderful seasons, winter is generally mild but if you want some of the best skiing on the east coast the mountains are a short trip away, summers are warm and we get plenty of rain without it being gray all the time. The forests are mature and abound with life, there is excellent hunting all year long. If you like whitewater rafting you could not ask for a better place just look up The New River and The Gauley river. The people are the biggest asset of WV they may not have much but they will give you the shirt off their back. (and most can help you rebuild a jeep on the side of the road if need be). but that's just the opinion of a West Virginian.

And let the WV jokes begin...
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Don't talk these New Yorkers into moving to Nevada, we don't need any Bloomberg supporters ! LOL ! Ya, it sucks here in Nevada, the worse unemployment and the worse economy than any other state, look it up. Just because the most photographed lake in the world is around the corner, and the holy grail of trails is an hour away, not to mention world class skiing, it's no reason to live here. Move to California where the worse taxes there are is, and god forbid you should own a gun ! Good weather though , as long as you love smog.

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