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Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and nationally for being a hub of creativity, expression, and spunky upstarts. Its city population of over half a million enjoy a climate of warm, dry summers and mild winters, the perfect climate for growing roses and the reason for Portland being nicknamed the Rose City, or the City of Roses. Portland has undergone an economic boon throughout the 90s as the city continues to expand its tech and startup industry.
As of today, there are over 1,200 tech companies within the metro area leading many businesses to refer to Portland as Silicon Forest. Companies like Intel have helped Portland’s population expand significantly, rising over 90,000 between 2000 and 2014 alone. Portland has one of the highest rates of gain and retention for college educated people in the United States. Portland is ranked 42nd in worldwide quality of living and has been listed by CBS MoneyWatch as one of the 10 best places to retire making it an excellent location for rent to own homes for young and old alike.
The neighborhoods in Portland are mostly divided by the Willamette River which forms a natural boundary between East and West Portland, though there are five recognized section that each offer their own distinctive identity: North, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. Art galleries and upscale restaurants can be found in the Pearl District in NW Portland which is one of the wealthiest areas of the city. North Portland hosts neighborhoods like St. Johns which is one of the most ethnically diverse. The median home value in Portland is a healthy 345,500 according to Zillow, and continues to rise.
Arts and Entertainment.
Portland has an incredibly vivid and vibrant culture that spans the city. Residents are treated to an incredible music scene that is one of the best in the country with venues that offer everything fringe music to classical and opera. Portland’s wide spectrum of musical influence spans from jazz to grunge and everything in between. The city is also an epic center for visual and performing arts as well as a major hotspot for the film industry both independent and mainstream. Portland boasts a rare feature of having a large number of movie theaters that serve beer. Portland is also a major foodie city and has more independent microbreweries than any city in the world.