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Best Place to Retire? Portland Oregon! Portland Public Schools are adding 140 Teaching Positions and Portland's rents rose at nation's sixth-fastest rate

My apologies for the late post. My in-laws are visiting from the Netherlands (and you know what? They visit a LOT more since we moved here!).

 I'm hoping to document our visit with my in-laws, as they are seeing and experiencing the NW in a way that is totally unique. I'd really like to get a go-pro sometime and show you this gorgeous state from the perspective of a passenger on the back of my husband's Harley! Let me know if that would interest you!

Best Places to Retire: Portland, Ore.

Good food, the outdoors and volunteerism are among the city’s many draws

Portland’s draws include a mild climate, a culture of volunteerism, and a compact layout good for walking and biking.
Portland’s draws include a mild climate, a culture of volunteerism, and a compact layout good for walking and biking. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

March 15, 2015 11:04 p.m. ET

Ken Pyburn spent four years in a recreational vehicle looking for the perfect place to live before settling on Portland, Ore., in 2010.

After visiting “in person or on the Internet” 126 cities and five Canadian provinces, the retired IBM executive and self-described advocate of “aging passionately” determined that no flawless city exists. Portland, however, has “more stuff happening that feeds my soul,” he says.

What does Portland—a renowned beer, biking and food-cart mecca for young creatives with and without work—have going to feed the soul of the 50-plus crowd?

Portland is a temperate-climate riverside city of 600,000 halfway between the Pacific coast and the Cascade Mountains. Summers are dry and pleasant. According to local meteorologist Rod Hill, winters in recent years haven’t been as wet or gray as in the past, though springs have been more rainy.

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Portland Public Schools to add 140 teaching, staff positions

BIG NEWS!

Superintendent's budget based on the state giving out $267.5 million more than what is proposed

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Superintendent Carole Smith presented her staffing requests at the March 9 meeting of the board of directors for Portland Public Schools.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Superintendent Carole Smith presented her staffing requests at the March 9 meeting of the board of directors for Portland Public Schools.

Portland Public Schools will need $13 million to make ends meet if the Oregon Legislature goes through with its current budget, Superintendent Carole Smith told the board Monday, March 9, as she unveiled a plan to add 140 teaching and staff positions.

The next morning, Smith, Director Bobbie Regan and Portland Association of Teachers President Gwen Sullivan were in Salem arguing that point with the joint subcommittee on education. (See: Portland School Leaders Urge More State Aid.)

The co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee are offering a slightly smaller slice of the pie in this fiscal cycle to the State Schools Fund. While the 2013-15 budget had $6.65 billion for schools, the new $7.24 billion allocation represents a decrease of six-tenths of a percentage point of the overall state budget.

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Portland's rents rose at nation's sixth-fastest rate, study finds

By Mike Francis | The Oregonian/OregonLive Follow on Twitter on March 16, 2015 at 10:38 AM, updated March 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Rents in the Portland metropolitan area rose 20.45 percent over the last five years, giving the area the sixth-fastest rise in the nation, according to a new study from the National Association of Realtors.

That's roughly twice as rapid an increase as homeowners saw during the same period, according to the study.

In a somewhat surprising note, the realtors' study saw the the incomes of Portland-area renters aged 25-44 nearly kept pace with the rise in rents, gaining 19.53 percent over the last five years. That's better than the national averages, which saw typical rents rise 15 percent while renters' income rose by 11 percent.

In Seattle, for example, incomes rose a little more than 15 percent while rents rose more than 32 percent over the last five years.

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