Oh my, y'all are so friendly!
To the person who mentioned moving away from LA because it's too superficial... I feel ya, except i live in Las Vegas right now, where for the exception of the Strip everything is just so darn dull it kills me. Relocated here from ultra-charming Savannah, Georgia (was born and raised in Puerto Rico) a year ago and I can't wait to leave. Hate it here. The only great plus is its abundant sunshine.
So, Portland is top of my list. I've been researching all morning (did so a few months ago, as well) about its neighborhoods, public transit and all sorts of fun things. Read that Portland's problem isn't the rain, but the overcast days. That troubles me a bit, but I think being in a city that seems so vibrant in many ways will definitely smooth that out (oh and it's relatively close to the Ocean...
So, I'm waiting to have $3000 saved up by the end of the Summer, pack up for a new life in Portland.
Mind you, I've never been there. I live DANGEROUSLY like that.
(But I do plan a short trip sometime in June/July)