I am obviously biased, as I am a born and bred Portlander, but I strongly believe Portland is one of the best cities in America.
Sure, the traffic and rent prices are both getting outrageous. There is a rampant homeless problem these days. And yes, Portlandia is really not that far from reality with the mix of bearded and tattooed hipsters, angry bicyclists and hippies (but that quirkiness is definitely part of the charm!).
All that aside though, there is beautiful scenery with the mountains, the coast and wine country at our fingertips. Tons of outdoor activities and friendly people. Amazing food, beer, coffee, tea, all of which is locally made and (comparatively) affordable. And don’t you dare tell me, there is anywhere near as heavenly as a 75-degree summer day here.