Those who prefer water that isn’t frozen will
find a stunning shore along Oregon’s coast
— just a couple hours away from the city.
The water is pretty cold year round, but that
doesn’t stop surfers from hanging ten.
The Oregon Coast Trail extends from Washington to California, providing hikes and
access to Oregon’s public beaches, all the
way up and down the state. Oregon is one
of the few states whose beaches are entirely
open to the public.
EDUCATION AND MORE
Portland attracts an educated crowd — 90%
of residents who are 25 and older have at
least a high school degree and 43% have a
bachelor’s degree or higher.
Six school districts make up the city of
Portland, including Parkrose, David
Douglas, Centennial, Reynolds, Riverdale, and Portland Public. There are about
53,000 kids attending the Portland school
district, covering 90% of the city’s school-aged children — a better percentage than
most urban areas.
Portland State University (PSU) is based
on the southern edge of downtown. PSU is
Oregon’s largest university with an enrollment of over 28,000 students.
Oregon Health & Science University
(OHSU) is a respected institution for its
medical, nursing, and dental divisions. The
hillside campus includes two hospitals, and
can be reached by an aerial tram, which
was constructed in 2005 to better serve the
Portland is home to some of the region’s top
ranked hospitals and medical facilities.
OHSU is not only a top-rated medical
university, it’s also a trusted and respected
hospital, serving the residents of Portland.
It ranks number one in the city for general
medical and surgical care.
Providence Portland Medical Center is
another regionally ranked option with
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 the state.
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.