Im just passing through here as I'm not a Bronco owner (but lately been really wanting one) but I live in southern Oregon. The real thing to figure out is how far away from the Portland area you would be okay with, because there's really a huge variety of climate and lifestyles. I personally find most of western Oregon to be much too "blue" for my taste, although everything east of I-5 may as well be Idaho as far as politics goes, except for some in Bend that 2/3 chunk of the state is much more "common sense" I would say. Its also much more dry, high desert, and less populated. The good thing is you can find nice small towns in every corner of the state, and close to the bigger places. As far as the rain, that's mostly Willamette Valley and the coast. Im in Medford (Rogue Valley) which is just across the border from CA, and its much more dry and mello climate wise than the Portland area, but its generally green at the same time. This county is about 150k in population, and there are some jobs but they are usually more medical based. There are those that diss people from CA, but don't let that stop you because most people you will meet here came from CA. Property and income tax sucks, but theres no sales tax and vehicle registrations are cheaper and simpler than most states, last two years, and unless you're in one of a few areas theres no smog. Also its easy to get a conseal carry permit for those who value that sort of thing :-) Now I just gotta find a decent Bronco around here.