Portland is affectionately known as the “City of Roses,” and the metropolitan area is home to more than two million residents. As Oregon’s largest metropolitan area, it boasts a growing multi-cultural population and a thriving urban lifestyle as energizing as it is diverse. The city offers an array of restaurants ranging from gourmet to bistro, and organic to vegetarian. Coffee houses, music clubs, galleries, and a wide range of event venues support a rich and colorful nightlife.
A small city with a big heart, Portland is proud of its reputation for progressive politics and social consciousness. Portland is also known for being forward-thinking. Consistently winning top prizes for sustainability, its innovative urban planning is a model of livability that keeps urban sprawl in check while promoting distinctive, vibrant neighborhoods and luxuriant, tree-filled parks. The city boasts a number of natural forested areas, including the 5,100 wooded acres of Forest Park, the largest forested area in the U.S. situated within city limits.
Kudos for the City of Roses
Travel + Leisure Magazine readers rate Portland as one of America’s favorite cities, ranking high in areas like environmental awareness, public transportation, cleanliness and quality of life. Food + Wine Magazine selected Portland among the Best Places to Eat in North America (Aug. 2010). Portland also appears in the top ten list of Outside Magazine’s 18 New American Dream Towns. Whether it’s from great reviews or word-of-mouth, Portland’s growth attests to its consistent popularity and livability.
Portland is Among the Greenest Places!
Do you enjoy the great outdoors and a city that keeps its green spaces green? Being environmentally aware is part of life in Portland, and we’re among the Top 10 Green Cities according to Livability.com (2011). As well, U.S. News & World Report named Portland in the Top 10 Cities for Public Transportation (Feb. 2011).
In 2010 the Portland metro area was ranked the greenest U.S. city; No. 1 among 43 U.S. metro areas in a report on America’s greenest cities by the Business Courier of Cincinnati. The “Green Cities Index” ranks metro areas on a variety of environmental factors, including traffic congestion, transit use, water quality, carbon emissions, LEED-certified projects and number of “green” jobs.