Living in the Portland Area

mt_hoodPortland 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
  • 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

multnomah_fallsHere 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″
Acres of Parks in Metro Area 37,000 including the 5,000 acre Forest Park

Portland has a growing restaurant scene, and among three nomiees, was recognized by the Food Network Awards as their “Delicious Destination of the Year. A rising city with a fast-growing food scene” for 2007.

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.