The very heartbeat of Oregon’s largest metropolitan region, Portland is a city of fascinating contrasts. It is both cosmopolitan and intimate, sophisticated and casual. The metropolitan area surrounding it is closely tied to the breathtaking natural beauty of its location­­—within view and easy driving distance of towering Mount Hood. Powerful rivers have carved scenic gorges in this region, the Willamette River slicing through Portland and the Columbia River flowing between Oregon and Washington State. “Just across the river” from Portland, the metropolis of Vancouver, Washington, is only minutes away.

The counties that surround Portland offer rural acreage or small-town charm as well as urban centers like Gresham. Suburban Multnomah County joins the counties of Clackamas, Washington, and Yamhill to offer a kaleidoscope of lifestyles and living environments. Within the City of Portland, distinctive neighborhoods showcase well-kept homes, meticulous landscaping, world-class gardens, and lush parks for a closely knit community feeling.

The cooperative “metro area” attitude that is shared by nearby Vancouver and Portland is evident at every turn. Both cities share the Portland International Airport as a major transportation amenity, and many of the Vancouver services offer a toll-free phone number for Portland. Oregon students even receive special discounts on out-of-state tuition at Washington State University. Like many of the leading metropolitan areas in the West, Portland has experienced a surge of growth over the past 15 years. Driven by the worldwide demand for high technology, a flood of companies have either expanded or relocated to this beautiful region. Person income, job growth, and new construction all outpace national averages. Little wonder that Portland was rated the number one place to live by Money Magazine.


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