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9 Things to Know Before Moving to Portland


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Can’t wait for Portlandia’s sixth season? Why not just move there instead? We’ve got some tips to get you on your way:

1. They take recycling very seriously.

Recycling is separated into bins, bottles and cans are worth five cents each, and the city provides composting bins and expects you to use them. If you don’t, expect some serious side-eye from neighbors, children and other pillars of the community.


2. It really does rain a lot. Like, a lot.

That said, Portland has less rainfall than a lot of major cities. Rain is just a fact, not an obstacle. Get wet, get dry, get on with your day.

3. Formal attire is never required.

Fleece is your friend, even at the Schnitzer Concert Hall.

4. There’s no sales tax.

The price on the tag is the price you pay. Spend the money you save on another cup of coffee.

5. The bridges always go up when you are running late.

If it’s not the bridge, it’s the train that runs through parts of the city. It never hurts to build in extra time to make sure you’re not stuck on the wrong side of wherever it is you’re trying to go.

6. You can only park in front of your own house.

There’s no law or anything, but the neighbors will make sure you know the rule is heavily implied.

7. Natives don’t use umbrellas.

Buy a coat with a hood and leave the pretty, pretty parasol and the giant golf umbrellas at home.

8. Don’t try to pump your own gas.

Let the gas station attendant do his or her job while you stay inside your car where it’s dry, and you can continue to bang your head to your favorite local band blasting on the car stereo.

9. Get ready to catch Blazer fever and join the Timbers Army.

Portland takes its sports teams seriously.
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Bonus: Oregon is pronounced OR-UH-GUN, the Willamette is pronounced WILL-AM-ETTE, and Couch Street is pronounced COOCH. Just go with it.

Ready to make the move? Head over to or download the app and browse thousands of homes for sale or rent, with tons of magazine-quality photos, price histories, school district ratings and more. Save your favorite homes or searches and get notifications when new homes go on the market or the price on a home drops.

Happy hunting!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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