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 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 45.5% 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 50,000 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 growing campus.
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
medical and surgical services that almost
Other top-ranked hospitals in the region include
Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center,
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and
Providence Portland Medical Center.
Portland is known to attract a creative crowd,
and the thriving cultural scene reflects the
population’s interest in fine art, film, music,
dance, and more.
The Portland Art Museum lies at the center
of the city’s cultural district. It features strong
Native American and Northwest collections,
complemented by major exhibitions from
internationally acclaimed artists. The two
buildings that make up the museum are separated by a public sculpture garden.
An alternative museum experience can be
had at The Portland Art Museum on Fridays
after 5 with an entrance fee of just $5. These
evenings offer a more social adventure, with
interactive exhibits and refreshments.
Movie lovers will find plenty of places to
watch a flick in Portland, but the experience
begins before the movies starts at many neighborhood theaters where food and drinks are
served in ornate and historical settings. The
Hollywood Theater is the perfect example.
The intricate facade was designed after the
Baths of Carcalla (the second largest Roman
public baths), and the space is now owned
by a nonprofit that aims to connect the local
community to the art of film, while preserving
this historical landmark.
Portland also hosts over twenty film festivals each year, including the Portland
International Film Festival, which attracts
over 35,000 attendees to view over 100
movies, as well as Portland Women’s Film
Festival, Portland Queer Documentary Film
festival, and even one for fake films, called
Faux Film Festival, which occurs around
April Fool’s Day each year.
Off the screen and onto the stage, you’ll
find a thriving theater scene in Portland.
If you’re looking to catch a play, you can
choose from world-class shows at large
theaters downtown, or smaller, independent
companies who experiment with new talent
and creative risks.
There’s no shortage of music either, with a
variety of venues for nearly every neighborhood. The Doug Fir Lounge is a nationally
recognized spot for catching big-name indie
acts and smaller, locals bands with a log-cabin-of-the-future style decor. The artsy crowd will
surely be busy in Portland, but we don’t
forget the sports fans either.
While Portland is missing a few of the
major leagues like baseball and football,
the teams we do have are supported with
passionate dedication. Soccer has risen in
popularity here, faster than most American cities, and our Timbers Army is one
of the most rambunctious fan sections
you’ll find, and with good reason. Our
Portland Timbers are the 2015 MLS Cup
Champions. We also love our basketball,
Interstate Bridge at Sunset / Photo courtesy of Visit Vancouver USA