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Portland, Oregon


Portland is Oregon's most famous city and is located in United State's scenic Pacific Northwest state of Oregon near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. It is the Pacific Northwest's third largest city (after Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, WA). In July of 2008 Portland's estimated population is 575,930 and is known as the greenest city in the United States. Approximately two million people live in the Portland metropolitan area (MSA), the 23rd most populous in the United States as of July 2006. Portland resides in a Marine west coast climate region marked by warm, dry summers and rainy yet temperate winters. Most known for growing roses where it gets its nickname of "The City of Roses" with many rose gardens, the most notorious being the Internation Rose Test Garden. Portland was incorporated in 1851. The city and region is popular for strong land-use planning, investment in public transit, for its large number of microbreweries and microdistilleries, and as the home of the Trail Blazers NBA basketball team.
- City 145.4 sq mi (376.5 kmē)
- Land 134.3 sq mi (347.9 kmē)
- Water 11.1 sq mi (28.6 kmē)
Elevation 50 ft (15.2 m)
Population (2008)
- City 575,930 (30th)
- Density 4,199.17/sq mi (1,640.30/kmē)
- Metro 2,159,720
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  • Last visit to Portland: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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