10 Reasons Not to Move to Portland OR

Hi friend,

Portland is the most bike-able and dog-friendly city in the US and is ranked year after year as having the best food and beer in the country. All of these things make Portland an awesome place to visit, but is it really a place you want to make a permanent move to? Today, I would like to share with you 10 reasons NOT to move to Portland, Oregon.

  1. Expensive and Rising Home Prices: The housing and rent prices in Portland have shot up drastically in the last 5 years. 
  2. Traffic: Portland is a relatively small city in area and was NOT meant to hold 2.5 million people, because of this the traffic can be unbearable. 
  3. Construction: Portland has mild winters and because of this construction can take place year round. Potholes are a huge problem and sometimes require entire lanes to be shut down to fix, this construction adds to congestion on roadways. 
  4. High Taxes: The income and property taxes are amongst the highest in the nation. Tax on gas is 36 cents per gallon! 
  5. You can not pump your own gas: This may not bother you on a rainy day but if you are in a rush you may find it annoying having to wait on an attendant to pump your gas. Residents are subject to a fine if they try to do it themselves. 
  6. Liberal: This is, of course, not a bad thing, just something you should be made aware of. The progressive and open-minded perspective is of the majority in Portland and protests are extremely common.
  7. It is ALWAYS Cloudy: One of the top complaints about Portland is that the sun is absent 8 months a year. It is a misconception that it rains a lot in Portland, with its average rainfall being 3 inches less than the national average however, it is often very cloudy. 
  8. Hipsters & Hippies: Portland is the hipster capital of America. Its people add to the unique and quirky energy of the city.  If you consider yourself “normal,” Portland probably is not the place for you. 
  9. Homelessness: The homelessness problem in Portland is very obvious. There are about 14,000 homeless people in Portland with 40% of them suffering from mental illness. This is an incredibly sad and not easily solved problem that may cause some visitors or residents to be uncomfortable. 
  10. Cascadia Subduction Zone: If you are not aware of this fault line, look it up. The northwest coastline near Portland is long overdue for an earthquake. This earthquake is predicted to cause a mega tsunami that will most likely drown the city. Not to mention the Volcanoes that have wreaked havoc on Portland in the past.

If reading this list made you sad, don't be! I know each city has its fair share of pros and cons, I just thought it would be helpful to share the most common complaints for living in Portland, Oregon. No city is perfect, but you should continue to keep HOUSTON in your home search. (: If you have any questions about your relocation to Texas, please contact me. Also, be sure to check below for additional resources that will assist you in your house hunt.



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