St. Johns has a charming, small town feel to it. The post office, coffee shops, breakfast places, restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores, and several parks, are all within walking distance for residents who live close to the downtown strip.
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and the fourth largest city on the west coast. The Portland Metro Area is home to nearly 2 million people, and sits approximately 78 miles from the ocean and 65 miles from the Cascade Mountains. Recently Portland was ranked #1 in the country in terms of lowest vacancy (US Census Bureau), and #2 in rent growth (Axiometrics, Inc.)
In 2008 Money Magazine named Portland one of the "Top 10 Places to Live". Portland is also well known for its strong land-use planning and investment into public transportation. Some of the larger Portland employers include Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Tektronix, Precision Castparts Corp, and Mentor Graphics Corp.