Amanda Nimitz, 30, has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life. "Oakland is getting really crowded and really expensive," Nimitz said, who is leaving at the end of the month, fiance in-tow."We've become disgruntled old people." Nimitz goes on to cite a laundry list of gripes contributing to the big move: traffic, impossibility of buying a house, the fast pace of life, a shrinking creative community.My mother, father, siblings, and I had been living in a poor part of town in Guadalajara, Mexico.
"It feels like Portland has a better quality of life," Nimitz continued, "They're not so focused on paychecks and tech innovations." If there's one thing people living in the Bay Area love to talk about, it's leaving the Bay Area.
When people leave the Bay Area, as they inevitably are, where do they go?
According to a recent report from Linked In, Portland and Seattle. SFGATE spoke to Bay Area ex-pats who moved to the Pacific Northwest to find out (see their responses in the above gallery).
While many willfully jump ship, others are forced from the Bay Area by gentrification, eviction and the high cost of living.
In 2015 alone, the local nonprofit Anti-Eviction Mapping Project recorded 317 Ellis Act evictions, a metric often associated with gentrification.