Portland Area Information

About Portland, Oregon

When founded in 1845, Portland nestled along the west bank of the Willamette River not far from its confluence with the Columbia River. This ocean connection made Portland an attraction to New England seafarers and traders. Today, Portland’s character reflects its New England merchant roots and it has emerged as a distinctive West Coast city.

Proclaiming itself as “The City That Works,” Portland has gained a national reputation as a “livable” community. Its downtown core is an energetic mix of grand old buildings and exciting new urban amenities. On downtown’s fringe are fine old homes in vital residential neighborhoods. The community is served by one of North America’s best transit systems, clear water and dependable municipal services.

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