Portland is located in Northwestern Oregon, where the Columbia and Willamette rivers meet. The metropolitan area is made up of several suburban cities all within 15 miles of downtown Portland. As the original commerce center of Oregon, Portland is the largest city in the state and home to a diverse population, culture, recreation, and history. There is always something to do in Portland, from the Rose Festival in June, to Skiing in the winter and all the events in between.
Geographically, there are four counties making up the Portland Metro Area: Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington in Oregon; and Clark County in Washington, all part of the "greater metropolitan area". We are sometimes known as the Willamette Valley because we have the Coast Range to the West and the Cascade Range to the East. However, the Willamette Valley proper simply ends in Portland and extends 100 miles south through some of the most fertile and productive farmland on Earth.
The population of the metro area is 1.9 million, the largest metropolitan area in Oregon. The City of Portland has an official population of over 630,000 more than 25% of the total state population of just under 4. million. Topography in Portland varies between rolling hills, flat, and some steep sloped areas with gorgeous views of Mt. Hood, 11,235' high. Check out our Portland Pinterest page.
This link will take you to the annual "Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers", published annually by Portland Monthly Magazine. The chart has many interesting facts about Portland Oregon, including ratings all of the Portland Neighborhoods for Real Estate Appreciation, Education, Population, Crime, Parks, Commute, and Services. This is a great magazine for anyone interested in the City of Portland. Annual Report on Portland Neighborhoods.
Portland has four distinct seasons but none of them are extreme. Summer averages around 80 degrees, Fall around 50 degrees, Winter around 40 degrees and Spring around 60 degrees. Snow is rare on the valley floor but we do get below freezing 7-10 days per year. The winter of 2016/17 saw more snow than the last 20 years. Yes, we do have rain, hence all the beauty you expect from Oregon. No, it does not rain all the time. A more accurate statement would be to say the sun doesn't shine all the time. We have our share of cloudy dry days that may feel like rain to those who are accustomed to sunshine year-round. Read more about Portland Climate.
Camping, fishing, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, biking, snow skiing, windsurfing, and rock climbing. Portland has 9,400 acres of parks, including the smallest park in the world (Mill Ends Park) and the largest urban wilderness (Forest Park). Within an hour's drive of downtown Portland are the three ski slopes on Mt. Hood or the beautiful Oregon Coast. The outdoors is what Portland is all about. A lifestyle that appreciates the beauty and respects the land. Portland has been named the "Greenest City in the US" for several years. Check out our Pinterest page for Things to do in Portland.
The metropolitan area offers many spectator sports, from the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, National Champion Portland Timbers (soccer) to the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. Portland State University Vikings Football, University of Portland's Championship Soccer program. There are also running events, bicycle events throughout the year, and auto races at PIR in the summer, pro/am golf tournaments, a stop by the Senior PGA Tour and the Women's PGA Tour annually, and more.
There are numerous art galleries and museums. Portland boasts a world-class symphony, ballet and opera, as well as several theater groups and jazz clubs. The Metro Washington Park Zoo and Oregon Museum of Science & Industry are a must see. The Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens, International Rose Test Gardens, and annual Rose Festival, are just a few of the many events held each year. This city boasts amazing displays of art and culture at the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon History Center, the historic Old Town District and Pittock Mansion. The calendar is packed with performances by the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Opera, as well as events like Cinco de Mayo (May) and the Rose Festival (June) Jazz Festival, Beer and Wine Festival and so many more. For a complete guide checkout Travel Oregon.
Oregon's taxing system is different than most states with a reliance on Income Tax, Property Tax, Business Tax, but no Sales Tax. Read more here about Property Taxes. Our property tax system is complex and not based on a mathematical formula so there is often a wide range within the same neighborhood.
A new section on Portland's schools will be here shortly.