Living in Portland is completely rad, everything everyone ever hoped it would be and more. I'm a native Portlander and I've imported my fair share (at least four) new Portlanders is my short lifetime (I'm 24). It's a great size, really involved, kind-hearted, alternative neighborly denizens, rockin fun things to do (it seems there's a protest for something that is fun like a parade going on every saturday) tons of farmer's markets, free art shows, bike paths, and YES, it does have most microbreweries of ANY city in the world except Munich, Germany. Good beer, good herb, good eats, good fun, good people.
That said, I am trying to get the hell out of here.
Too many people (mostly californians and new englanders) have made a rush on moving to Portland in the past 10 years, and it pains me to watch my beloved city wilt before my eyes. For the first time ever, downtown reeks of gas and cars, and the air is thick and ugly. Prices on everything are superinflated. Rent and property prices in particular are getting deadly. I've even noticed a change in the police! It's much less, "Run along home, drunken neighbor!" and more stately and hardlined. The kind of people you meet in Portland is changing, too--- only about 1 in 4 of the people you ask at random are even from Portland! The rest are recent imports....
While most of the new people are cool, and that is why they have come to Portland, there are many who came for the relatively cheap home prices (compared to LA and San Francisco) or whatever who are lame-- really lame, and the overally quality-of-experience hanging out with random Portlanders just ain't what it used to be. I don't like it.
Take a tip from an insider-- I'm outta here.