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We're *thinking* of a move...craving green nature, nearby mountains, a house with a yard, novelty, less severe weather than here in Chicago...I know it's not easy to recommmend a place to a stranger, but if you're game anyway, I have some questions:<br><br>
What are the pros and cons of living in PDX? What makes it a nice spot for a family? What would you say a reasonable household income would be for a family of three? Any comments on renting or real estate costs? How are the schools (charter or public or un-)?<br><br>
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We moved here from Hawaii in Sept. and we love it here. Coming from Chicago, you'll have no problem with the weather. It's honestly much milder than I had expected. The people here are really nice and very interesting. There are a lot of transplants. People here care about social and environmental issues. The public transit rules. There are really cool, free family thing to do. Summer and fall are gorgeous. If you're into music, we get really cool bands coming through. Rent is pretty cheap, the prices to buy are going up, but they're still retardedly cheap compared to Hawaii. You can get a nice house in a nice neighborhood for $250-350K. I think the cost of living is cheap. Gas is expensive, 2nd in the nation. I hear the public schools suck. We homeschool, so I can't be sure. I've heard good things about some of the charter schools.<br><br>
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Its super vegetarian friendly. And I have lots of friends that have great, crunchy peds for their kids. And just from reading these forums they seem to have a lot of fun. I have PDX envy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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