OT- Anyone Familiar with Oregon??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PVLady, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I am looking for a place to retire and would like to know if anyone here lives in Oregon or is familiar with Oregon.

    If so, what city they think is nice. I know some parts are very rainy. I was looking at Ashland...

  2. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Nothing can be more expensive that CA.!!!

    Ashland looks like a neat place. I might take a trip there and check it out.

  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Eugene, OR. They always said it was the best place in the country. No hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, etc.

    My brother lived in E Oregon which is dry. Now he lives near Portland where it is pretty much always damp.

    Oregon is green and beautiful. Los Angeles always looks extra awful whenever I come back from a trip to Oregon.
  4. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I lived in Yachats on the coast for a while. Someone here lives close by there in Newport. Newport is excellent as it has a lot of good things. Florence is nice too.

    Also, for inland is Corvallis, nice small town.

    The only thing is if you live coastal you may have to drive inland over the mountain to get to major cities, unless you are up near Portland.

    Oregon has no sales tax and has a form of national health.

    It rains a lot in the winters, but the beaches are great year round just to be uplifting.

    There are some parts of Oregon where people are decidedly a little on the "keep 25 guns at the ready", spectrum, so do good research. Mostly it is nice with decent hardworking people.

    The best place to retire is Sequim, Wa, just up the coast. It has moderate year round weather and being in the rainshadow has only 14 inches of rain a year. Lots of facilities too and nice people. It is getting expensive. Also, if you are a bit more hippy type, then Port Townsend is wonderful. One catches ferries from there to the many islands and it is not too far from Seattle. Bellingam is also very nice town. Both Bellingham and Corvallis are University towns so have a little culture too.

    Love Anne C
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  5. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    I live in California and would like to leave due to high cost.

    I have mold allergies I wonder if all that rain will make it
    worse? I have read there appears to be a lot of sinus sufferers there. However, it seems every city claims they
    are the worst for allergies and state they are the capitol
    of allergy woes.
  6. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    Could you explain more about Oreagon having a form of state
    Health Care? Thanks.

  7. zerped

    zerped New Member

    Funny that someone else should mention Sequim WA. I'm a native Oregonian and my sister and her family live in Sequim. As was mentioned earlier, the town is in a "cloud shadow" and has as many sunny days as Phoenix, only the summers are only in the 70's and the "bad" winter weather means temp.'s in the upper 30's. On the down side, the place has become a retirement magnet, so prices are going up. My sister's family is Norwegian, but my oldest nephew and my niece are Korean (adopted) and they never knew any kind of racism growing up. The place is (for now) as innocent as anywhere I've been (Mayberry on Puget Sound).

    The equivalent in Oregon is Brookings. It's on the coast, just north of the CA border. Like Sequim, winters are terribly mild and summer never gets really hot. Fishing and golf there are good also. Eugene is really nice for someone used to "civilization." One drawback, however: just south of Eugene is where the Coast Range and Cascade Range meet, so the city is in the "Y," which means it's got a pretty hefty potential for an inversion layer. If auto traffic increases much, it'll have the worst smog in Oregon. also, since the Wilamette Valley is the "grass-seed-capital-of-America," it's one of the three worst places in the U.S. if you have hayfever.

    One option not mentioned is central Oregon, specifically Bend. You're in the "high desert," which means about 3000 ft. above sea level. I loved going there as a kid because every place looked like a scene from "Bonanza." Bend has become a ski resort (the U.S. Ski Team trains there) and people tell me it reminds them of Lake Tahoe. The best place in the country to have a heart attack, as it has the highest concentration of cardiologists in the nation!

    If you're in any of the towns along the I-5 corridor (Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem) you're 1.5 hrs. from the ocean to the west and 1.5 hrs. from mountains and skiing to the east. The area has been a haven for creative types for many years (actor Danny Glover lives a couple miles from me), so the music, theatre and literary scenes are strong. The state supports its public broadcasting stations more than any other, and has more strip-clubs per capita than anywhere else (you can see we're big on paradoxes here!)!

    sorry to go on so long, ask away if you need more info

  8. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    I live in central Washington, desert, not rainy West side!

    I would love to retire to Bandon, OR. However, since their golf course got so popular that celebrities fly into Northbend and go to Bandon just to play golf, the prices for property have gone sky high.

    I saw a retirement apartment complex right on the beach! I could live there now! I'm 52, but retirement sounds pretty good today!!

    And, since my DH says fat boys don't float, it looks like it will be Colville, WA, instead. Gets too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. I will be spending a lot of time indoors!


    Stop and smell the puppies!
  9. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    When he took over as Governor some years ago, the first thing that happened was that he introduced a sort of health care system that was on a sliding scale and I think run by BC?BS..it was in place of Medicaid, but sort of ran with it. From what I recall, poor people were free, then sliding scale upwards. I think it is still running. There is a gal here who lives in Newport Oregon who could tell you more. Or could you go on the Oregon Gov. site and see what is going on there.

    It has been a few years and I have no up to date info on it, I just really liked the idea as I had really poor friends who benefited from it. Truth told I never knew if it worked long term or what it is now. I hope it is still in place as it was a step foreward. Also Oregon is the only state that every beach is public and it initiated the first bottle and law return law. The public campsites on the beaches are an awesome way to check the place out. Re Sequim, pron skwim, it has a great school system also, fab doctors, and a rec center, boys and girls club etc. I am sorry I ever left. It can be windy all over that area though. Sequim has the Lavender Festival and farms. All of the islands are nice.

    Love Anne C
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  10. dreamharp

    dreamharp New Member

    I read an article that Oregon had the highest rate of depression in the United States. (teenagers scored highest)
    Anyone have a comment on this? I thought it may be due to
    lack of sunlight and all the rain but the article claimed
    Albany, New York lacks sunlight in winter and other places
    as well so it was figured that lack of sunlight was not
    the factor. The biggest factor was split families and
    a sense of being disconnected. I know Upstate New York tends
    to have a lot of extended family and close ties and over
    generations people remain their keeping their family bonds.

    Very interesting. I guess close family keeps us healthy.
    I believe Las Vegas has a high depression rate also. For
    diffent reasons.
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  11. Dolphin_lover

    Dolphin_lover New Member

    I am originally from PV. I grew up there, married and stayed there. I love it. Anyway, I saw your post and wondered if you considered the Palm Springs area. My husband and I moved here 3 years ago. It is wonderful. Everyone here is VERY friendly. Everything is very close, shopping malls, doctors, grocery stores, movie theatres, churches, hospitals, restaurants,etc. Also, its close enough that you can "go home" if you want to visit. You can still get very good deals here for your money. The weather here is great. Its not nearly as crowded as home. We also have great entertainment down here. Concerts, golf, casinos,and a plethora of things to do for all ages. Though we love PV, going "off the hill" to Del Amo, Costco (never a line at this Costco), or anywhere else was more than we could do due to our health problems.

    My sister moved to Eugene, Oregon about 30 years ago. It is very rainy there. Thats all I'll say about Oregon right now. I've already written alot and need to sign off. But, my 24 year old niece is staying with us right now and if you want anymore info about Oregon, I'll sign her on here and let her answer some of your questions.

  12. sleepyinlalaland

    sleepyinlalaland New Member

    Ashland in fact, as i lived there for 30 years. It is a very special place but (like ALL SPECIAL places) VERY expensive.

    I think one factor in the disconnect between Oregon's beauty and the general happiness is the discrepancy between the comfortably retired (or others not dependent on local economy) and the working people..who are usually the "working poor".

    Another real factor is the weather. Ashland is kind of excepted from this because they are in southern-most Oregon and do not have nearly the rainfall, nor cloudy days as Roseburg and northward. Even so, they have their share of bleak weather. Around February, March, I swear you can overhear suicide talk amongst the general public places (eeeks, maybe that's why they uphold the "suicide" initiative). Truthfully, I think the economic factor (which is also cyclical) is also an important factor in this dour seasonal mood.

    Currently, I live in S. California (was born here). It has been interesting to return to here. While I seldom see anyone ecstatic to be living here....I also seldom see the deep depression that seemed to be prevalent in the winter/spring of Oregon. In spite of this analysis, I will probably return to Oregon....at least HALF of the year is sweetly blissful!
  13. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I love the Palm Springs area, actually Rancho Mirage or Indian Wells. I need to go over there and look around again.

    I would not be able to stay there during the hot months..
  14. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    I think the idea of moving to a new place for any reason must be quite daunting. Still, I can't believe anyone would consider so-called depression rates as a reason to stay away from anywhere. What does that mean for the individual?

    Really, what is more depressing...heavy rains in March & February or breaking your hip on winter ice? Rains in Spring or Fall ... or facing a hurricane or tornado. Or just a fire in the next apartment because your neighbor is a smoker?

    Nowadays people complain about cost of living & taxes, 10 - 15 years ago it was a fear of crime that people bemoaned the most. What is worse, being bummed & depressed or being afraid? Are we looking over our shoulders at the weather or at something else?

    How are you all getting through the process & struggles of deciding where to live or retire? Do you make lists, say columns A,B,C & D for what you can't live without, want the most, can give up, want the least or not at all, etc. Are you locating info on websites or at local libraries? Are there discussion boards that are not just filled with Chamber of Commerce rah-rah types that tout certain geographic areas?

    I also wonder about all the 1990s encouragement of people to move to the Southwest & West, especially now when faced with water shortages & the implications of global warming & increasing temperatures.

  15. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    REMEMEBR that there are a lot of people who did move to Oregon as hippies and are well into drugs. Some of those back roads with little cabins can be scary, there are also quite a few cults that seem attracted to the Oregon "bush" country, and I think this may contribute to suicide rate.

    Mostly I do think there is a large descrepancy between rich and poor there but most of the folk we knew were decent hardworking and good people. I think that descrepancy is all over most states too.

    We also liked Bend, but it snows a lot in winter. Good skiing though.

    The rain can get you down winters. AC
  16. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Yakima, Washington, has a sign at one of the entrances to town that says "Yakima, the Palm Springs of Washington".

    Don't believe it!! We can have really cold winters and a lot of snow. It is dry and hot in the summer, but I don't think you would have to put up with our winters in the real Palm Springs!

    I love the Oregon coast. I could live in the rain, my DH cannot!

    I lived in Western Washington for a long time and I never had a problem with the months without sunshine. Made me really appreciate the sunny days we had!

    Does Oregon have a Sequim? We have one in Washington too!


    Stop and smell the puppies (even if they are wet!)!

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