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Overview

Introduction to Portland

Portland, Oregon was called North America’s "Best Big City" by Money Magazine. Among the factors that make Portland a city worthy of this title are its thriving cultural scene, outstanding natural beauty, world-class dining, and efficient public transportation. Portland’s history starts out on a dark note: Many bar and hotel owners kidnapped young men and sold them to ship captains. The beginning of the 20th century brought secure lumber mill jobs and money from the California Gold Rush, stabilizing the economy. Where once a seedy waterfront stood, today Portland’s pedestrian-friendly downtown and limits on growth have made it a comfortable place to live.

Portland Culture

Portland is renowned for its galleries, performance venues, and cinema. Pubs, coffee shops, farmers markets, parks, and gardens are everywhere. Culture is not hard to find as many cultural activities abound. The Portland Art Museum is one of the 25 largest museums in the country and includes centers for Northwest and Native American Art. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts hosts eight resident companies. The Oregon Historical Society has a collection of more than 85,000 artifacts and an extensive research library. The Oregon Zoo has about 1,000 specimens and is active in 21 Species Survival Plans. And the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry provides an active, engaging environment for adults and children alike.

Portland Sports and Leisure

Portland has NBA basketball, pre-NHL hockey, minor league baseball, and A-League soccer. The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Winter Hawks hockey team play in the Rose Garden. PGE Park offers Triple-A baseball’s Portland Beavers and A-League soccer’s Portland Timbers. The Portland International Raceway is home to G.I. Joe’s Presents Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland, the Pacific Northwest’s largest racing event. There is also a variety of camps, facilities, organizations, clubs, events, and teams throughout the city.

Portland Outdoors

Described by Outside Magazine as one of the "10 Greatest Places to Live", Portland offers a lot in the outdoor department. Within the city, the parks system includes 37,000 acres of open space, even right in downtown. Two of Portland’s golf courses — Eastmoreland Golf Course and Heron Lakes Golf Course — have been rated by Golf Digest among the 75 best public courses. Bicycling magazine has named Portland the top cycling city in the U.S. two years in a row. Mt. Hood is nearby for the snow sports enthusiasts. Skiing, ice climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and snow shoeing are all sports easily enjoyed when living in Portland. Fishermen can enjoy lakes and rivers filled with steelhead, trout, and sturgeon.

Portland at Night

While the number of Portland nightclubs may not rival the numbers of comparably-sized cities, the clubs they do have are first-class ones. Martini bars are very popular, especially in the Pearl District. Many venues have late night happy hours and many restaurants provide substantial discounts on food ordered after 9pm. Brew pubs are extremely popular and remind residents of Portland’s heyday of brewing popularity during the '80s. Portland boasts more microbreweries and brew pubs than any other city in the United States.

People

Total Population 612,206
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 316,901
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 40.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.5%
Median Earnings25+ $35,276
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,685
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,880

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,894
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.3%
% Using Public Transportation 12.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $971
Median House Value $295,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.8%
Irish 12%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Portland Almanac

Category Value
County Multnomah
Standard Zip Codes 97201, 97202, 97203, 97204, 97205, 97206, 97209, 97210, 97211, 97212, 97213, 97214, 97215, 97216, 97217, 97218, 97219, 97220, 97221, 97222, 97223, 97224, 97225, 97227, 97229, 97230, 97231, 97232, 97233, 97236, 97239, 97258, 97266, 97267
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97207, 97208, 97228, 97238, 97240, 97242, 97268, 97269, 97280, 97281, 97282, 97283, 97286, 97290, 97291, 97292, 97293, 97294, 97296, 97298, 97299
Company Zip Codes 97251, 97253, 97254, 97255, 97256, 97259, 97271, 97272
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.523
Longitude -122.675

Portland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PORTLAND KGW TV
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station HILLSBORO
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Portland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Burlington (97231)

Damascus (97236)

Forest Heights (97229)

Oak Lodge (97267)

Parkrose (97220, 97230)

Rock Creek (97229)

Rockwood (97233)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaverton 93,919 $74,351
Happy Valley 16,462 $110,484
Lake Oswego 37,628 $125,159
Maywood Park 872 $88,229
Milwaukie 20,566 $65,610
Tigard 50,276 $82,639

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Portland Public Libraries

Library
Multnomah County Library
205 NE RUSSELL
Portland, Oregon
(503) 988-5402
Library Web Site
Cedar Mill Community Library
12505 NW CORNELL RD
Portland, Oregon
(503) 644-0043
Clackamas County Library
16201 SE MCLOUGHLIN BLVD
Portland, Oregon
(503) 655-8543
Library Web Site
Garden Home Community Library
7475 SW OLESON RD
Portland, Oregon
(503) 245-9932

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Portland Hospitals

OHSU HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3181 SW SAM JACKSON PARK ROAD
(503) 494-8744
Emergency Service: Yes

LEGACY GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1015 NW 22ND AVENUE
(503) 413-7711
Emergency Service: Yes

PROVIDENCE PORTLAND MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4805 NE GLISAN STREET
(503) 215-6215
Emergency Service: Yes

ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
10123 SE MARKET STREET
(503) 257-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

PROVIDENCE ST VINCENT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
9205 SW BARNES ROAD
(503) 216-1234
Emergency Service: Yes

LEGACY EMANUEL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
2801 N GANTENBEIN AVENUE
(503) 413-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

Portland VA Medical Center
(VA)
3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road
(503) 220-8262 or (800) 949-1004
Emergency Service:

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Portland High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DAVID DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL
1001 SE 135TH AVE
503-261-8300
Serves 2,569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
4200 NW 185TH
503-259-5218
Serves 2,339 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

SUNSET HIGH SCHOOL
13840 NW CORNELL RD
503-259-5050
Serves 1,923 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

GRANT HIGH SCHOOL
2245 NE 36TH AVE
503-916-5160
Serves 1,835 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

WILSON HIGH SCHOOL
1151 SW VERMONT ST
503-916-5280
Serves 1,580 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL
5405 SE WOODWARD ST
503-916-5140
Serves 1,528 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

BENSON POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL
546 NE 12TH AVE
503-916-5100
Serves 1,498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
1600 SW SALMON ST
503-916-5200
Serves 1,483 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.4

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL
3400 SE 26TH AVE
503-916-5120
Serves 1,388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

MADISON HIGH SCHOOL
2735 NE 82ND AVE
503-916-5220
A Title I School.
Serves 1,194 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

PARKROSE HIGH SCHOOL
12003 NE SHAVER ST
503-408-2600
Serves 1,179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

METROPOLITAN LEARNING CENTER
2033 NW GLISAN ST
503-916-5737
A Non-traditional School
Serves 432 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
9727 SW TERWILLIGER BLVD
503-892-0722
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

VOCATIONAL VILLAGE
8020 NE TILLAMOOK
503-916-5747
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

HELENSVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
8678 NE SUMNER ST
503-262-4150
A Non-traditional School
Serves 142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

CENTENNIAL LEARNING CENTER
503-762-3202
A Non-traditional School
Serves 129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

PORTLAND NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL AT GRANT
2245 NE 36TH AVE
503-916-5160
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

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