About Portland

Portland, Oregon, named the “Best American City of 2013,” is a wonderful place to live and work. Known for its beautiful scenery, delicious food, craft beverages, and friendly people, the “City of Roses” has something for everyone.

Commuting in Portland? You’ll find user-friendly public transport and easy-to-access bicycle lanes, streetcars, and even skateboard lanes! Our downtown is full of sculptures, fountains, and other public art, and short blocks make it easy to walk. The average one-way commute time in Portland is 25 minutes, and many Portlanders cycle, walk, or take mass transit to work.

Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate Portland’s many green spaces and parks, including Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. We are within two hours of the Columbia River Gorge, ocean beaches, Mt. Hood, and the high desert.

Indoor enthusiasts love Powell's Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore, as well as Portland’s many fantastic neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants.

Don’t worry about the weather! While people here love to talk about the rain, we only get 42 inches of rain a year—just five inches more than the U.S. average. Most days have no measurable precipitation, and we have 144 sunny days per year.

Whether you’re a hiker or a biker, a book lover or a beer lover, you’ll find something to love about Portland.