It’s a stunning city that brings together the
rugged natural beauty of the nearby Cascade
range with metropolitan culture and class.
It’s a city where you can enjoy an extravagant brunch while the morning mist wears
off in the sky, and be hiking by lunch time
in the Columbia River Gorge where moss
covered trees and waterfalls make the forest
feel like a fairy tale.
Portland draws an active, environmentally conscious, and creative community of
people, who make use of the city’s impressive variety and progressive sustainability
practices. You can have yourself a decadent
burger here, but don’t forget to compost the
People coming to Greater Portland are
embracing the natural beauty and the opportunity to try new things in a city that’s open
to all walks of life. Artists and artisans are
making their homes here and maintaining
Portland’s quirky vibe, while offering goods
and services that make us all more appreciative of our impressive local resources. Large
and small employers across a wide range
of industries provide jobs and economic
stability to enjoy our surroundings and
quality of life.
More people are moving to Oregon than any
other destination in the United States, and
the greater Portland area is at that heart of
that migration. To those who have called
this city home for generations, the only
surprise is that it took so long for everyone
else to realize how great it truly is.
COMMUNITIES FOR ALL
Portland is at the heart of a diverse metropolitan area, consisting of busy urban
neighborhoods that shift to suburbs, and
then quickly drop off to surrounding forests
and countryside. The Portland Metropolitan
Area, also identified as Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro attracts people who want it all
— the excitement of the city and the peaceful
escape of the outdoors. Where you decide to
land within that variation is up to you, but
the accessibility of the entire metropolitan
area ensures that everyone can enjoy some
of it all.
Beaverton is part of Washington County
and its city center lies just seven miles from
Portland’s downtown. It’s the sixth largest
city in Oregon and the second largest in the
county. About 93,000 people call Beaverton
home, and many of them commute to Portland by car or light rail.
Gresham lies just east of Portland, and is
also a part of Multnomah County. With
a population around 111,000, it’s the
fourth largest city in Oregon. The city
recently renovated Nadaka Nature Park,
with its popular nature-based play area
and community garden. Several trails
provide additional outdoor opportunities
in Gresham, including the Springwater
Corridor, 40-mile loop, and the Gresh-am-Fairview Trail.
Hillsboro, a city west of Portland, is the
home to Intel, among other high-tech
companies and many of their employees.
It’s the fifth largest city in Oregon, and the
county-seat of Washington County. SolarWorld, the largest solar plant of its kind in
the Western Hemisphere, opened its doors
in Hillsboro in 2004.
Vancouver is located just North of Portland, in the state of Washington. Not to
be confused with British Columbia, this
Vancouver is home to many Portland
commuters who prefer to live in a smaller
city. Vancouver is part of Clark County and
it’s home to approximately 167,000. High
tech and service industry jobs dominate the
economy within Vancouver.
International Rose Test Garden/ Photo courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation Esther Short Park / Photo courtesy of Visit Vancouver USA