United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Moving - Trying to decide between Portland and Seattle

Jump to last reply

My family is planning a move within the next few months. We are trying to decide between Portland and Seattle. I am 29 and my husband is 30, we have a 10 month old daughter and 3 "pit bull" breed dogs. My husband has been in the military for the past 12 years, we have only been married for 2 years and I was living in Colorado up until then. He was raised in Colorado and Las Vegas. We are currently stationed in North Carolina and I need to get away from this humidity!

Neither of us have family in Seattle. My sister, brother in law and 2 nephews live in Vancouver, WA.

I want the mountains and the nature, my husband wants the ocean. We both want our daughter to experience nature and the outdoors as much as possible. I would love to learn how to snowboard and would love for her to learn how to ski or snowboard once she is older.

I want a "younger" city but still with maturity (not a college town)

Obviously, we need jobs. My husband would love to work for law enforcement (has been an MP in the army for 6 years.) or a computer job (but no real experience outside of building his own computers and family jobs, so he'd need to get certifications first). I worked at an assisted living center but don't want to go back to healthcare so I'll be more looking to go to college while at home with our daughter.

I'm a huge music fan/concert go-er so I would like a bigger music scene.

We will need a city that is pit bull friendly as it is very difficult to find housing in some areas due to the breed.

We are both environmentally conscious

My grandparents are from Germany and I love the German culture - Portland has a german american school and was looking to send my daughter there when she is older but don't know much about it yet. Either way we would like a high rated school district for her.

I know that both cities fit what we are looking for so I guess I am looking for experiences, good or bad. Also, any tips for newbies moving to the PNW. Thank you for your time!!

21 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Broadway Banter 2014: Starting off with book recommendation
  2. 2 Best non-chic, non-strip Hotel choices in Las Vegas??
  3. 3 WEst Coast WINTER holiday - 5 weeks driving.
  4. 4 NYC apartments through CitySonnet.com
  5. 5 Boston to PEI: Where would YOU stop over?
  6. 6 Yellowstone Lodging in October
  7. 7 Roadtrip Across the Country
  8. 8 Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton itinerary - advice requested please!
  9. 9 Road trip from Nashville to Dallas
  10. 10 Brooklyn why?
  11. 11 Valdez (keystone canyon falls)? Matanuska? and other itinerary help
  12. 12 New York City Restaurants
  13. 13 let's do a new Hawaii countdown
  14. 14 Hotel recommendation for San Francisco
  15. 15 WISCONSIN
  16. 16 Antelope Canyon. Tour form Page or just show up there and pick a guide ?
  17. 17 Hotel to stay before Channel Islands
  18. 18 AK-Glacier Bay, Wrangel Elias, Lake Clark, Matanuska glacier, Valdez?
  19. 19 Seeking advice from year round Tucson residents
  20. 20 Trip to Portland and Oregon Wine Tour
  21. 21 What to see/do in Baltimore without a car?
  22. 22 Dining in D.C.
  23. 23 Florida--single woman seeks best beaches for swimming and
  24. 24 Metro from airport to hotel?
  25. 25 Should we stop for a Saturday night in Baltimore?
View next 25 » Back to the top