questions about Oregon

  1. Hi. My husband and I are interested in moving to Oregon in a year or so and I was wondering if anyone lived there. I'm an OB nurse and he's a pilot. (Newer pilot so not in the majors) We were interested in Portland but I saw the average home cost listed as $275,000 and that is WAY out of our range. We are now thinking of Eugene. Does any one know what the RN market is like there? It looks like 1 hospital in town called Peace memorial. Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Cindy
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   kids
    If you like the looks of Portland but were put off by housing prices...take a look at Vancouver, WA. Vancouver has only 1 hospital (for now) but is <20 miles from 6+ major Portland hospitals. It is a pretty simple commute over the bridge to work-often easier than the commute to work from a Portland suburb. But never asssume Vancouver is a Portland suburb. The housing costs and crime rates are much lower and you don't have to go as far 'out of town' to escape the 'big city" atmosphere. We also have very good schools. Also, WA has a sales tax but no income tax...OR has income tax but no sales tax.

    -nancy
  4. by   snapper
    Look into Silverton OR. It is halfway between Portland and Eugene. Don't be completely put of by the house prices you will make more there too.
    My boyfriend's mom is a nurse in Eugene. She just bought a house in Silverton last year and was shocked about the price until someone reminded her she also makes more.
    Where are you moving from?
  5. by   Cindy-OB RN/CCE
    We live in the upper peninsula or Michigan. It's very remote. Extremely small town atmosphere, safe, no traffic etc. We moved here in 95 from Columbus, Ohio. I love the woods and water but miss city amenities. We also have very long winters. We've had 210 inches to date and this has been a mild winter. I'm just ready for a change. We have an older 3 bedroom home with a large private lot and paid less than 50,000. I know in the real world prices are higher, but they seem raelly high around Portland. What is the average RN pay in that area? I've been at my current job for 8 months and I make 18.51/hr plus 1.25 night diff. and 1.00 weekend diff.
    Cindy
  6. by   hiker
    Kids-R-fun, I am your neighbor. (Ridgefield) Small world, huh!?
    And to answer the post, I agree, housing is much less $$, and taxes, schools and social services are all much better in Vancouver, just across the river from Portland. Oregon lately has been defeating all ballot measures for schools and social service- related issues! On the down side, Clark County is the fastest growing County in the US, but I just read we still only have 375,000 in the entire county. Unfortunately, if they continue to build and cut all the trees down at the current pace, I think WA may no longer deserve the moniker "Evergreen state"!
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    I live in the Willamette Valley, and I'm making around $26/hr. base pay, which is pretty good for the area. Portland area nurses make considerably more, but then it costs more to live there (although it isn't cheap here, either). There are lots of jobs around here, mostly in hospitals and LTC. Good luck!
  8. by   Mimi2RN
    Check into Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene and McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield, a few miles away. There are smaller towns around, where it would be cheaper to live. I've no idea about the pay at either place.

    I used to live 40 miles or so north of Eugene, where there are several hospitals not too far apart, Corvallis, Albany, and Lebanon all have one, Corvallis is the biggest (Good Samaritan).

    Mimi

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