What’s going for Portland? The Guardian‘s Tom Dyckhoff says lots. Portland is at the top of the list in his article The five best places to live in the world, and why.
Do you like letterpress? Do you like vintage clothes? Do you play in a nu-folk band? Then get ye to Boise, Eliot and Overlook in Portland. The city has been the capital of liberal, hipster USA for decades. The Dandy Warhols wrote Bohemian Like You about their very home town. There are some, indeed, round these parts who’d like the entire Pacific Northwest to break off from the rest of the US and go it alone. So very liberal is Portland that it’s a home from home to anyone from Europe, especially if they read the Guardian.
The other cities on the list: St Pauli, Hamburg; Northern coast, Maui, Hawaii; Cihangir, Istanbul; and Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
A brief report on real estate prices wraps up each city’s section. My advice to those contemplating a move to Portland: wait another few years – real estate prices are still coming down.