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 776,712 people live in the county, according to a 2014
United States Census Bureau report. Forecasts show the county’s population
nearing 1,000,000 by 2050. The county has one of the highest levels of per capita
personal income in the state at $43,089, according to a 2012 federal Bureau of
Economic Analysis report.
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
percent 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