Should we move to Oregon: Eugene or Corvallis?
Our family is lived in Illinois, Texas and now California, but we're considering a move to Oregon—the Eugene or Corvallis area. We currently live in North Berkeley and love our neighborhood for it's walkability, good schools, fun parks, farmers markets, and proximity to various transit hubs. However, the cost is wearing on us and we feel like we're having trouble maintaining community, even after living in the area for a few years -- everyone seems to be moving away due to high housing costs. Oregon's lower cost of living is appealing, plus the area's proximity to outdoor activities. But, a move has us worried we'll be bored or find ourselves living a life that's more rural that we planned (fewer trips to things like museums, more time in the car, greater distance from international airport, etc.). We're not necessarily concerned about the weather, but would like to know if people in the area make the most of outside time when it's rainy/gloomy—we wouldn't want to me the only ones who aren't afraid to gear up and still have fun. We'd appreciate hearing from other families perspectives on live in Eugene, Corvallis or a town nearby.