I think you'd find both Or and WA great places to live. Generally nice, educated (in cities) and relaxed. Heavy on rednecks outside of town tho. Prices are better certainly. You may have more tech oppotunities in the general Seattle / Puget Sound region. Some of my IT guys getting pink slips are easily finding jobs outside of Boeing. Boeing is outsourcing IT so leave that one. You may want to hunt down some of our microsofties in this forum too.
2012 Lotus Evora - IPS, Nightfall Blue
2011 Jaguar XF-R - 550hp
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Overland, Hemi (The Anti-Lotus
Totalled: 2011 Lotus Evora 2+2 - Canyon Red Metallic
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