I'm quite thankful I found this community. I just moved here about 6 months ago from St. Petersburg Florida. I sympathize with the stress of a new city and unfamiliar territory. Don't freak out, it is extremely affordable, and a wonderful city to be in- especially if you are found of good beer, culture, art, good food, and an active community. I have however found that in my particular work field (the service industry) that it is a bit difficult to find a job. But the economy is so fucked these days that's probably not unusual in a lot of cities! I am still a bit scarce for friends, so am interested in meeting people! Goodluck future portland comers!