Tell me about where you live, what the job market is like and why I should move there!
I'm not the one to ask. I live in the Pacific Northwest corner of Washington. We are a little area boxed by mountains. While it's apperance is beautiful on the outside...it's horrible on the inside. We have our heads stuck in our asses. I go through hell because I'm a pregnant teen. And in the town I live it...there's a church on EVERY block. I swear I'm not making that up. While it would be fine and dandy if people actually practiced what they preached, they don't. :roll: I would much rather live back in Idaho or in Canada.
But there is a plus...I'm really close to Canada and I love it there. So it's very easy for me to cross the boarder and go to wonderful places like White Rock and Vancouver.
I am really leaning towards Portland.
I live in Olympia, WA and it's pretty open to anything and everything, but it isn't the most diserable town either it's getting very populated, prices are high for most everything, more and more corporate stores are coming in. We do have awesome events that go on here though..and are only an hour from Seattle
I'll most likely be moving up to Portland next year, so I'd also love to hear anything about it!
Hey you... you should talk with Alli about Portland. My sis also is just about to move out of there, and she knows a lot about it as well. I heard it's a GREAT place to raise kids (hey no more sales tax!). I love the northwest. I would totally consider moving there, if my loco parents weren't so close by. Let me know if you want my sis's email to ask her some questions. Also, check out the parenting forum on craigslist, I'm sure there is some good advice from local mamas.
I live in Portland and its actually a pretty good place to live. Its big enough so theirs shopping and a lot of stuff to do, but small enough that theirs still parks and stuff. I actually live in Milwaukie, which is a suburb of portland and I love it. Im close enough to the bigger city area to do stuff but Milwaukies smaller with nice little neighborhoods, very nice people usually. I love that we dont have a sales tax! I am looking for mama friends so if u move let me know! =) The job market over here isnt too bad, I only know about minimum wage jobs though. Their doesn't seem to be a lot of discrimination against young moms either. I mean, obviously theirs people who will look at me weird and stuff but the majority of the people either dont care, or they congratulate me on my daughter. Its a great place! If you wanna know more..let me know!
I live in Victoria B.C. Victoria's on an island, so you're right on the ocean. It's really beautiful here. It's a decent sized city, you can find just about anything here, but it's not big enough to be really polluted and gross. It's pretty temperate here, it rarley snows in the winter and doesn't get obscenley hot in the summer (90 degrees F is about the hottest it usually gets). Most everything is accesessable by public transit or by walking or biking, so you don't really need a car (we don't have one). The job market isn't great, but it depends on your training and what you want to do. Rent is cheap (compared to the States).
Portland seems like a cool city. I've considered moving there in the past (my mom lives about an hour from there), but I like Canada too much. Good luck deciding!
I love Victoria. That would probably be the only place in the Northwest that I would like to move to.
I live in Victoria too. I think it's a pretty kick ass city. There's quite a bit to do and see, lots of live festivals and concerts...especially in the summer.
As Kate said, it's not that large at all. Our downtown is something like 4-6 blocks. Everything is easy to get to. I don't have a car either, never have and I can go anywhere very easily on the buses...which run all day and in to the night (until midnight I think. And then they pick up around 5 or 6 am again as far as I know). It's $2 for an adult to ride and kids are free and you can buy various bus passes if you're going to be riding the bus a lot.
There's a lot of houses for sale at the moment, and otherwise apartment rent is cheap. I knew a couple guys who had a 3 bedroom apartment which I guess they got for around $700/month. I'm not sure if that included utilities but they both worked and one even went to technical college so it probably did.
There's a lot of resources for people as well. Many thrift stores, food banks, transition houses, etcetc. Most of them located in the downtown area and easy to get to. I've also seen quite a few daycare centers around down in all parts of the city.
I'm not quite sure what the job market is like because I've not tried to get a job at this point. I think Kate was right, it depends what kind of thing you're looking for. :)