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Life in the Pacific Northwest

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Living in Portland
Portland Skyline

Portland has been called "a big city with a small town feel" and "the city of books, beer, bikes and blooms." It has mild weather, breathtaking scenery, and friendly people.

Portland ranks high on the list of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. Here are just a few of the accolades it has received:

  • One of the Top 10 Places to Vacation: Money Magazine
  • One of the Top 10 Best Places to Live: Money Magazine
  • One of the Top 10 Least Expensive Cities: Online Insider
  • One of the Top 18 Places ("Where to Live NOW"), Outside Magazine, August 2005
  • The Best City to Ride a Bicycle: Bicycling Magazine

Portland is a metropolitan area of more than one million people in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can enjoy living in a vibrant city while having access to pristine wilderness areas. After a day outdoors, you can enjoy Portland's fine restaurants, live music, plays, concerts, sports events and shopping.

Portland is known as the City of Roses and hosts the famous Rose Festival every summer. It is also home to many fine colleges and universities, including OHSU, Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, the University of Portland and Portland State University.

Finding a Home
Houses in Portland are much more affordable than other West Coast cities. However, housing prices are on the rise as people from other states continue to flock to the City of Roses. To view houses that are currently for sale in Portland, visit and click on "Quick Search" and type in your home search criteria.

More about Portland
Here are some fun facts about Portland:

Population   503,000 (1.8 million in the Portland metro area)
Area   130 square miles (338 square km)
Elevation   173 feet (52.5 m) above sea level
Time Zone   Pacific
Miles to Ocean   78 (125 km)
Miles to a Glacier   65 (104 km) at Mount Hood
Average Temperatures   January, 39.6ºF (4.2ºC)
July, 68.1ºF (20ºC)
Average Rainfall   35.5" (less than Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston or Seattle - and without that nasty humidity!)
Acres of Parks in Metro Area   37,000 including the 5,000 acre Forest Park

For relocation information, visit the Portland Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Portland and surrounding areas, visit Portland's Visitor Information and Services Center, located in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. They offer brochures, maps, and other information on Portland, as well as itinerary-planning assistance. The center is open 7 days a week.

Mailing Address:
  715 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205
Telephone (Visitor Information):
  Toll free: 1-87-PORTLAND (1-877-678-5263)
Local calls: 503.275.8355
Telephone (Administrative Offices):
  Toll free: 800.962.3700
Local calls: 503.275.9750

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