property in Portland is still a great investment. The average salary of residents in
Portland has kept up with its housing prices
— a solid sign that the city is faring well
while more and more people arrive.
The Portland Housing Bureau offers a Down
Payment Assistance Loan program to qualified first time home buyers and minority
populations, helping more Portlanders afford
the financial hurdle of purchasing a house.
You’ve probably heard that it rains a lot in
Portland. It’s true that clouds often dominate our sky, but the steady sprinkle often
gives way to bright blue days in the rainy
season, and it rarely rains hard enough
to warrant an umbrella. The unobtrusive
precipitation combined with the region’s
mild winters makes for plentiful outdoor
activities, all year round.
Portlanders take advantage of the
outdoors, and with the view of Mt. Hood
and other stunning peaks in the distance,
it’s no wonder people constantly feel the
lure of hiking and exploring the nature
that surrounds this city.
The Columbia River Gorge offers endless
options for hiking and can be reached in forty
minutes by car. Angel’s Rest is a popular 4. 5
mile up and back trail to a vista point with a
stunning view of the gorge below.
For those looking for a little more challenge,
take your pick of the surrounding mountains. Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mount
St. Helens are all visible from the city and
offer popular climbs, with challenging,
glacial ascents and brag-worthy photo-ops
at their peaks.
The mountains surrounding Portland also
provide plenty of snow for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy in the winter months.
Those who prefer water that isn’t frozen
will find a stunning shore along Oregon’s
coast — less than two hours away from
the city. The water is pretty cold year
round, but that doesn’t stop surfers from
A TALE OF
PORTLAND & VANCOUVER
THE VANCOUVER ADVANTAGE
Just over the Columbia River lies a tempting alternative to Portland,
Oregon. While “Vancouver” might inspire visions of maple leaves and
hockey players for newcomers to the Pacific Northwest, this Vancouver is
indeed an American city, located in the state of Washington. The neighboring city offers metropolitan vibes on a smaller scale and a sensible
home base for many people who work in Portland, Oregon.
Vancouver, Washington was founded in 1829, making it 29 years older than
its Canadian counterpart. Located on the north bank of the Columbia
River, it’s part of Clark County, Washington and is the fifth largest city in
Vancouver was first inhabited by a variety of Native American tribes,
including the Chinook and Klickitat tribes, who gave the area the
nickname, “Skit-so-to-ho” and “Ala-si-kas”, or “The land of the mud turtles”.
When the Lewis and Clark expedition made their camp in Vancouver
in 1803, Meriwether Lewis wrote that Vancouver was, “the only desired
situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.”
COMMUTING TO OR FROM PORTLAND
Driving from downtown Vancouver to downtown Portland can take as
few as fifteen minutes, though the prevalence of commuters in Vancouver
creates some hectic rush hour traffic. Heavy delays on the Interstate Bridge
(I- 5) and the Glenn Jackson Bridge (I- 205) are common.
The C-TRAN bus system offers regular service between downtown Portland
Those who live and work in Vancouver have the luxury of an income-tax
free city. Unfortunately, if you live in Vancouver and work in Portland, you will
have to pay Oregon income tax, which is among the highest in the country.
Portland does have the benefit of being free of sales tax, inspiring many
Vancouver residents to save their shopping for The City of Bridges. That
being said, Vancouver offers some great shopping in its downtown area.
THE VANCOUVER VIEW
While clouds are prevalent in the region, a clear day in Vancouver offers
stunning views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, and Mount St.
Helens. Those snow-capped peaks are a constant reminder of the exciting
outdoor options available to residents of both Vancouver and Portland.
THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES
Vancouver is home to a slightly older population with a middle class
income, while Portland is younger and more economically diverse. Being
a larger city, Portland offers a broader range of amenities, from bars and
restaurants, to doctor’s offices and churches, but Vancouver offers the
benefit of a small-town feel.