It’s no secret that I love where I live. Portland is a vibrant city, filled with all kinds of tattooed, pierced, not-afraid-to-wear-dresses, or bike ride naked, or do a number of “one upping the weird” people.
When I tell people where I live, I often get responses like, “oh, I love Portland!” and then I get to talk about and listen to some really great things about my fair city.
One place that doesn’t happen is Seattle. “Oh, you’re from Portland? Okay, you can get your sales tax waived,” is pretty much all I hear. Which is fine, because sometimes I’m not really in the mood to be a goodwill ambassador for my city.
When I lived in DC, and realized I was ready to come back to the west coast, I had to decide. Did I want to find work in Seattle? Did I want to move to Portland? At first, I applied to jobs in both places. Well, actually, I applied to jobs in Portland and the Seattle suburbs. I quickly realized that I didn’t want to move from DC to say, Kirkland, no offense Costco, just not my scene.
Then, I made a list of reasons to move to Seattle and reasons to move to Portland.
- big city
- could make more money here, in all likelihood
- would be more similar to the urban DC life I had grown accustomed to
- doesn’t have many people I know
- very pretty
- more expensive
- I’m already more familiar with it
- fewer hills
- easier driving
- easier parking
- already has my best friend and my little sister
- could find work, but it’ll likely be lower paying
- more neighborhoods, less of an urban feel
So, after writing it all down, and then finding more negative things to put in Seattle’s list, I focused on Portland.
Now, I’m not a bigwig or a banker or any fancy lawyer, so, if you are, Seattle is probably better, since there are more firms that hire suits in Seattle than in Portland.