If you are anywhere between the ages of, say, 20 and 44, odds are at some point in the last decade you or a friend discussed the possibility of moving to Portland, Oregon. You may even know several people who have moved to the city. The so-called City of Roses must be a sweet-smelling place indeed, because Americans have been packing
up and flocking to the area for years with no signs that the trend is slowing down.
Portland is known nationwide for its beer, environmental liberalism, bike-friendly commuters and overabundance of hipsters. Depending on your personal views these could be pros or cons, but in Portland, it's all good.
"As some people have joked, Portland might be one of the only places where your suit-sporting CFO does yoga and plays the mandolin on his/her lunch hour," according to local city guide PortlandNeighborhood.com. "We also have a huge mass of folks who are into urban gardening, raising chickens (in the city), fiercely support their local co-ops, collect rainwater, compost and are hell-bent on recycling everything humanly possible. Moving to Portland, Oregon, means you'll find a relaxed 'come as you are' lifestyle that really grows on you."
This relaxed lifestyle seems particularly attractive to the more youthful segments of the population. Characters on the TV show "Portlandia," which pokes fun at the city and its denizens, once quipped it's a place "where young people go to retire." In fact, roughly 42 percent of the population is between the ages of 20 and 44, according to U.S. Census data. It could be low housing costs that are drawing all the youngsters to the area. Median home prices fell 7.9 percent during 2011, to $221,000, according to MovingToPortland.net.
You'll need to know where to tell the moving company
to drop off your stuff, though, so those considering a move to Portland may want to first visit the area and pick one of the many city neighborhoods to live in. The Pearl District, located in the heart of the city, is one of the more popular areas for older adults - not young people - who are looking to retire, according to CNNMoney. Much of the housing comes in the form of lofts and townhomes, making it an ideal location for those who don't need a whole lot of room for a family.