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Just wanted to see if anyone knew anything about this general area. I'm currently working as a traveling consultant and I just got an offer from a place in Salem OR (quite close to Williamette University for reference). It's a fantastic job but given the fact it's on the west coast, I'm currently living on the east coast, and the closest airport is in north Portland I can't really manage the travelling consultant schedule of fly in Sunday night/Monday and fly out Thursday, so I'd have to basically move there for the next year plus.
How is the town in general? What's the mix of people like, the crime rate, and the general living situation and so on? How is the public transportation, and is it easy to get back and forth between Portland and Salem using it?
Portland or Seattle have been high on the list of cities I'd like to spend some time in and that I have considered living in permanently, and this seems like the kind of location that I would in theory love (nice somewhat quieter place within easy access of the ocean and a "cool" metropolitan area) but this is happening quickly enough that I don't have time to do my homework as closely as I'd like before I need to make a decision.
Any and all help and insight would be immensely appreciated.