can i afford to be happy??
August 7, 2011 8:33 PM Subscribe
looking to move - can i afford portland? seattle?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
i'm fixing to move, but not sure exactly where i might fit better. based on some research and similar askmes, portland and seattle are obvious choices. but i haven't been to either in ages and have one basic question: can i afford to live there?
i need a one-bedroom apartment, decent part of town (single female), near transportation (preferably trains/metro, but also buses) and walking distance to some shopping (groceries) and stuff to do. i can spend about $800/mo on rent ... no roommate. (i don't want to live in a shoebox, don't expect to live in a penthouse ... etc, etc.)
these are the bare bones ... so if the answer is no, let me have it. please - current data only. i just want to know if it's a waste of time considering these two cities.
i've looked on craigslist but don't know either city well enough to get any real sense. my current impression is that portland is a maybe and seattle is a probably not.
(anon because i don't want to start answering IRL questions if moving isn't an option. currently in a large midwestern city.)