There's a wonderful documentary series on IFC called Portlandia. You'll learn everything about the local government, commerce, recreation, employment opportunities, and highlights of the music scene from that show.
Haha as much as I enjoy portlandia, I more need help with the funds. We know how much it will be to get there and rent an apartment. But how much a month would living expenses be (gas, groceries, etc.)
Post by know ID yuh on Jan 9, 2012 15:07:26 GMT -5
First, housing is the big expense difference between all cities. It's not like you're going to pay $10 for a dozen eggs in Portland while paying $2.50 everywhere else.
There are a lot of pretty nice buildings downtown that are classified as low-income. It doesn't mean, "nearly homeless," so there is no shame in living there. At least a couple years ago, low income was classified as $28,500 a year, or less. Being able to make $14 an hour, and still save a couple hundred a month on rent because you are classified as "low income" is a pretty sweet deal. Most places south of Burnside between the river and HW 405 have income restrictions.
The best advice I can give: Don't live more than 50 blocks from the river, and make sure you live really close to a major busline.
I know Portland's a tough ass place to find full time jobs right now, but I'm sure locals know better. My advice is start working at the first place you find because it's easier to find a job when you have a job.