Wow, so much hate on Oregon.
I have lived here all my 54 years of life and I like it.
Wish it was warmer in the winter but we do have 5 months of sking plus fairly moderate weather all year round. Other than the rain.
Economy sucks right now because the legislature chased manufacturing out with higher taxes. But cost of living here is no higher than Washington or Idaho and California is much worse!
Portland is the armpit of Oregon in my opinion... but it is beautiful and clean as has been mentioned. However, it is a huge liberal stronghold with a limp-wrist mayor who loves anyone who peddles a bicycle. I wouldn't want to live there but there are some nice towns just outside that are are pleasant enough and with-in driving distance of S.A.B.A. and the three really great Hobby Shops.
As Steven mentioned... the rain. Well, that can get you down some.
Or a lot.
But we modelers are introverts anyway so... once you get your nose in a project and you don't even notice the constant rain.
Jobs... well, that might be a problem unless you are uniquely talented. Costco is always hiring greeters I hear. Bob Paeth did that for a while.
Construction is nearly dead tho.
If you have a law degree then I am sure you can find a firm to take you, but there is a glut of truck drivers vying for jobs so... don't even try.
Oregon is near the tops with those registered for public assistance. (food stamps) A lot of them actually make a living out of being poor... so there might be an opportunity.
If I were you I would move to someplace like Lake Oswego and start a gardening and lawn care service. Because there are lots of wealthy people living there.