Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon and the third largest in the Pacific Northwest. There are an estimated two million residents in the Portland metropolitan area. Portland is located in the north of the state and spans through the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties of Oregon with a total area of 376.5 square kilometers (145.4 sq mi).
Living in Portland, Oregon
Residents of Portland, Oregon can expect relatively warm summers with mild to cool winters. While summer months tend to be drier, the average rainfall in Portland is 36.3 inches and Portland averages 155 days a year with precipitation. The city's climate is the ideal growing grounds for roses and Portland has earned its nickname as being "The City of Roses" from its many rose gardens.
Portland is home to numerous parks and open spaces that are maintained and cared for. From Forest Park spanning 5,000 acres within the city to Mill Ends Park, a two foot diameter circle, there are many parks within the city limit to enjoy.
Portland is known for its arts and culture and is home to a vast number of artists, musical groups, and performing arts groups. In addition to the arts, Portland is also famous for its beers and microbrewery. (In fact, Portland is sometimes called Beervana!)
Portland is home to Portland State University, the largest university in Oregon with over 26,000 students.
Professional Sports Teams in Portland, OR
Portland Oregon may only have one professional sports team, but there are many other minor leagues and alternative sports from skiing and snowboarding to cyclocross races. In fact, Portland is home to the Portland Naughty Dogs of the National Professional Paintball League as well as the Rose City Rollers, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association team.
Interesting Facts about Portland, OR
The largest log cabin in the world was built in 1905 in the city of Portland to honor explorers Lewis and Clark.
Mill Ends Park is the smallest park in the world... only .3 square miles! (That's a two-foot diameter circle!)