By 1850, Portland was a small town with 800 residents. After the Civil War, Portland built shipping docks bringing economic activity from the surrounding areas as farmers traveled to Portland to ship produce, wheat and lumber. The city experienced another growth spurt after the railroads finally came to Portland in the 1880s. By 1900 the city was the largest metropolis in the northwest. After the turn of the century, entertainment such as amusement parks and parades attracted many more people from around the country to Portland.
Portland lies in the Willamette River Valley, 110 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The city’s proximity to the ocean protects it from extreme temperatures. The rainy winters and mild summers give the area an average annual temperature of 53.4° F.
Portland’s residents chose to bypass highway construction in order to maintain neighborhoods and parks. Their choice to keep Portland a greener city has resulted in public transportation being among the most popular ways to travel. The system of buses, light rail, and commuter rail was ranked as the 5th best public transportation system in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.
It might take a little extra green to live in one of America’s greenest cities with a cost of living higher than the national average. The links below will help you see just how far your budget will go.
Portland Public Schools is the largest school district in the Pacific Northwest. The district provides an education to over 47,000 students on 81 different campuses.
The top ranked hospital in Portland, as well as the state of Oregon, is Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. OHSU Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility as well as a teaching hospital which is nationally ranked for ten pediatric and five adult specialties. The number two hospital in Portland is Providence Portland Medical Center. Also a general medical facility, this hospital is known for its high performance in specialties including cancer treatment, diabetes and orthopedics, to name a few. If you have made Portland your home, it's a good idea to know about the medical resources available to you:
Get to know Portland’s many unique and diverse communities and neighborhoods. Use these links to discover your next home whether you’re looking to rent or own.
Enjoy Portland’s architecture and green lifestyle while relaxing in one of the city’s hotels. Use the links below to find accommodations for your next stay in Portland.
Portland has been called “America's new food Eden” by TIME Magazine. And with 70 different cuisines available in Portland restaurants, it’s no wonder.
Portland is naturally abundant in eco-friendly attractions like gardens, parks, and the Oregon Zoo. But, there’s more. Shopping fanatics can enjoy downtown shops and local farmers’ markets. Also, seasonal outdoor festivities like the Rose Parade and the Shamrock Run are fun events that showcase Portland’s unique heritage.