Portland is a city of neighborhoods. Just
like the selection of our locally famous Salt
& Straw ice cream, the flavors range from
traditional to quirky and everyone is sure to
find one that hits the spot.
No matter what you’re looking for in a place
to come home, you’re sure to find a Portland
neighborhood that matches your unique
tastes and personal preferences.
Downtown and Northwest Portland are the
most urban of Portland neighborhoods with
a high concentration of restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and cultural institutions. It’s
Multnomah County is home to Oregon’s largest city - Portland - and is the
most populous county in the state, despite its small geographical size of just
466 square miles. Roughly 807,555 people live in the county, according to The
U.S. Census Bureau. Forecasts show the county’s population nearing 1,000,000
by 2050. The county has one of the highest median household incomes in the
state at $57,449, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Located in the Northwest region of the state, Multnomah County has a mild
climate. Two of the Pacific Northwest’s largest rivers - the Willamette and
Columbia - flow through the county. The Port of Portland is a regional and
international hub for commerce, and serves more than 1,000 local businesses
and international partners. Some of the county’s principal employers include:
Providence Health System, Oregon Health & Science University, Fred Meyer
Stores and the Federal Government. Trade, transportation and utilities make
up 18.4% of total employment in the county. Government and professional
and business services rank second. Technology, retail and tourism are also
thriving industries. Tourists from across the country visit the county to enjoy a
tax-free shopping experience, taste craft beers and can’t-miss food carts.
Multnomah County is a regional destination for outdoor activities, concerts,
sporting events and festivals including: the Oregon Seafood and Wine
Festival, the Oregon Brewer’s Festival, and the Rose Festival. The county
has over 37,000 acres of parks and natural areas. East Multnomah County
serves as a gateway to the scenic Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile and
4,000 foot deep river canyon that is a national scenic area. The Portland Trail
Blazers (NBA), Portland Thorns (NWSL), and Portland Timbers (MLS) also call
the county home.
Photo courtesy of Multnomah County