6) Portland, Oregon
Another northwest city close to Seattle, Portland has seen an influx of 3.2% of Californians crossing the northern border for a more affordable place to settle. Real estate in Portland is less expensive than Seattle at with a median price of $395,000. Portland, and Oregon in general, is also enjoying a steady drop in unemployment rates which is now lower than the national average. Portland has seen a job growth increase of nearly 3% and this trend is expected to continue. Overall, Portland is looking more and more attractive to Californians as time goes on. It’s also filled with plenty of green spaces, urban parks, and gardens. Mount Hood is the region’s famous skiing destination that doubles as a hiker’s paradise in summer. From forested trails to mountain views, Portland’s most scenic hikes include Powell Butte, Council Crest, and the stunning Japanese Garden in Washington Park.
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