I love Portland, Oregon. Everyone in my family but me was born in Portland. And I'm the one who returned. I actually live in Vancouver. But Portland is less than 5 minutes away. I've lived across the river. I liked it. I lived for several years in North Portland, in the St. John's area. That was great because of the diversity of the people there. I get to live in a smaller town, do every thing that a big town can offer, go to the ocean in about an hour, go the the mountains in even less time, and live by the famous Columbia River. I'm three hours away from Seattle, also a wonderful town. Portland, Oregon has been named in the top ten great areas for queers to live in several years in a row.