Portland is known for being an environmentally conscious city that works hard to preserve natural spaces and habitats. Home to many coffee and microbrew fans, Portland has the perfect climate for growing roses and is also known as the City of Roses. Manufacturing, technology, and trade are part of what drives the local economy, although the excellent quality of life is a major draw for bringing people into the area. The hot music scene, a variety of shops, and the quality local cuisine are part of the fun, friendly culture. Add to that a thriving art scene and a variety of museums, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the move to Portland sooner!
If you’re looking for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city, you’ve found it. Biking is especially popular, and with the cycling camaraderie and community that you’ll find it’s no wonder why so many are biking to work and for fun. Plus TriMet offers up bus, light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar services, making public transportation easy and convenient. You can certainly still make use of your car in Portland, but there are plenty of other ways to get around.