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Portland is a city in Multnomah County. (The community straddles Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Portland, ME. The name was chosen as a result of a coin toss.

The latitude of Portland is 45.523N. The longitude is -122.675W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 538,544.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Portland demographic reports
Portland is on the Willamette River.
Former and merged names include:
· Stumptown
Settlers William Overton and Asa Lovejoy staked claims here in 1843. New England sea captain John Couch helped transform the village into a major port city

In recent years, the local economy has made a transition to high technology

Public transportation: TriMet (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,436. The number of murders and homicides was 27. The violent crime rate was 8.1 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Ranked No. 4 among best U.S. walking cities by the American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2005
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
· 1995 movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus"
· 2005 movie, "Are We There Yet?"
· 2007 movie, "Feast of Love"
· 2000 movie, "Men of Honor"
· 2007 movie, "Into the Wild"
Well-known residents have included:
· Linus Pauling, scientist
· Margaux Hemingway, actress
· Elliot Smith, musician
· Matt Groening, cartoonist ("The Simpsons")
· Brent Musburger, sportscaster
· James Beard, chef
· Chris Botti, jazz musician
· Ahmad Rashad, football player and sportscaster
Local bands (past and present) have included Paul Revere and the Raiders, Kingsmen, The Decemberists
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, Coffee People
Local festivals include:
  • Portland Pirate Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Waterfront Blues Festival - July 4-8, 2007
  • Jazz Festival - Feb. 16-25, 2007
  • Musicfest NW - Sept. 6-8, 2007
  • Multnomah County Fair - May 26-28, 2007
  • Rose Festival - May 31-June 10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Portland web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Oregon Symphony, Profile Theatre, Miracle Theatre Group, CoHo Productions, Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Theatre Vertigo, Artists Repertory Theatre, defunkt theatre, Portland Actors Ensemble
Nearby parks & recreation: Forest Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Mary S. Young State Park, Molalla River State Park, Bonnie Lure State Park
Portland attractions: Oregon Zoo
Sports teams: Trail Blazers (NBA), Beavers (minor league baseball), Timbers (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Oregon History Center, World Forestry Center, Oregon Maritime Center & Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Art Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Portland, Portland State University, Concordia University Portland, Lewis & Clark College, Warner Pacific College, Reed College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 239
Portland was a healthy young metropolis while Seattle, founded in 1852, was still a remote village.
-- Inside U.S.A.
John Gunther

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Portland demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Multnomah County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Portland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 97205 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Portland residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Portland ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: Powell's City of Books

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Disability access & rights

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Portland was $22,643, compared with $21,587 nationally.


33% of Portland residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
Portland festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Fall foliage National Forest foliage hotspots
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Geocaching & geography
Gifts & collectibles
Guides to Portland
Historical societies
Historical societies

Historic districts in Portland include Alphabet Historic District, East Portland Grand Avenue Historic District, King's Hill Historic District, Ladd's Addition Historic District, Portland New Chinatown - Japantown Historic District, Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, Portland Thirteenth Avenue Historic District, Portland Yamhill Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Portland, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $562.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,158.


Libraries in Portland include Albina, Belmont, Capitol Hill, Cedar Mill Community Library, Clackamas Corner Branch Library, Garden Home Community Library, Gregory Heights, Hillsdale, Holgate, Hollywood ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Portland include Beaverton Valley Times, Oregonian, Portland Tribune

TV stations in Portland include KATU, KGW, KNMT, KOIN, KOPB, KPTV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KOPB-FM.

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Multnomah County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Portland political report.

Postal Service

Portland restaurants taking online reservations include Alexander's - the Hilton Portland, Andina, Bistro 921 - the Hilton, Portland, clarklewis, Daily Grill - Portland, Fenouil, Gracie's - Hotel De Luxe, Harrison Portland, Hurley's Portland, Jake's Grill - Portland ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Portland workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 117 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Portland between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Portland, OR

Pros: The MAXX (the local light rail), downtown, great gay scene, excellent nightlife, Powell's City of Books, Jantzen Beach, excellent music scene Close to some excellent beaches along the Pacific Coast

Cons: It rains ALOT.

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General info: Portland now is what Seattle was back in the early 1990's, before it got famous and everybody moved there looking to buy a piece of the cool...

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~ Inside U.S.A.
John Gunther

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