Moving to Portland

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Portland is Oregon's largest and most populous city. Located in the Pacific Northwest's Willamette Valley at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Portland is 70 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and approximately 50 miles west of Mount Hood in the Cascade Range. Portland's climate fluctuates between warm and dry summers (average high 78°F/25°C) to mild, but rainy, winters (average low 37°F/3°C).

Portland's culture and cityscape have earned it many nicknames:

  • City of Roses - Portland's climate is perfect for growing roses!
  • Stumptown - Coined for the many tree stumps that remained after trees were cleared to accommodate rapid city growth post-1847.
  • Bridgetown - There are 12 bridges spanning the Willamette River.
  • Rip City - A reference to Portland's NBA basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • PDX - A reference to the airport code for the Portland International Airport.
  • P-Town - A name used by Portlanders (the nickname for Portland residents)
  • Portlandia - Made famous by the television series of the same name.

Portland boasts abundant outdoor activities, liberal political views, environmentally-conscious attitudes, an expansive public transportation system, bike-friendly streets, and an affinity for donuts, coffee, and craft beer - all of which contribute to the city's unofficial slogan of "Keep Portland Weird."

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