About Portland

Did you know?

The Portland Police Department hired the nation's first policewoman, Lola Baldwin, in 1908. — www.travelportland.com

For additional information on the city and surrounding areas, please see Portland State University's Physics Department's website or Pinterest.

Dining near the waterfront of Portland, OR

Why Portland?

Q: What distinguishes Portland, Oregon from the rest of America's cityscapes, or from the rest of the world's urban destinations, for that matter?
A: In a Northwest nutshell… everything.
For some it's the wealth of cultural offerings and never-ending culinary choices, for others it's Portland's proximity to the ocean and mountains, or simply the beauty of having all these attributes in one place. Strolling through downtown or within one of Portland's numerous neighborhoods, there's an unmistakable vibrancy to this city—one that is encouraged by clean air, infinite trees, and a diverse blend of historic and modern architecture.

The City

Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States. As of 2010, it has an estimated population of 583,766 making it the 29th most populous in the United States. It has been referred to as the most environmentally friendly or “green” city in the United States, and the 2nd most in the World.


Summers in Portland are warm, sunny and rather dry, with July averaging a high of 81°F (27°C) and a low of 58°F (14°C). See the daily forecast on Weather.com.


Portland is served by six public school districts and many private schools. There are also many colleges and universities - the largest being Portland Community College, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Science University. The city is also home to such private universities as the University of Portland, Reed College, and Lewis & Clark College. 


International Rose Test Garden
Washington Park
400 S.W. Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
1945 S.E. Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Portland Art Museum
1219 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Portland Japanese Garden
Washington Park
Portland, OR 97205

Oregon Zoo
4001 S.W. Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221


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