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Portland, OR

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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!

Getting Around in Portland, OR

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.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
"Good Transit"
The average commuter time in Portland is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 7.52%
  • 15.52%
  • 2.41%

Parks Big and (Very) Small

<p>Portland offers a vast array of outdoor activities through their Parks and Recreation Department. With pools, trails for biking and hiking, and a variety of courts, it&Otilde;s easy to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Explore the Hoyt Arboretum, let the pup run around at one of the 32 dog friendly parks, play a round of disc golf at Pier Park, or dig in at one of the dozens of community gardens. For meticulously groomed and nurtured gardens, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are certainly at the top of the must-see list. But if you're looking for something truly unique about your new city, Portland landed in the Guinness Book of World Records with the smallest park, called Mill Ends Park, measuring in at a whopping two feet in diameter.</p>


<p>Along with the a flourishing slow food movement, Portland boats an abundance of microbreweries. Portland has had a key part in resurgence of small breweries within the US and, today, has the most breweries of any city in the world. In the 1980's, Oregon made it legal to drink beer on brewery premises; since then, pure water and fresh local hops have made Portland the perfect place to brew and drink beer.</p>