Living in Portland
People considering relocating to the Portland area will be interested to know that the city has been proclaimed as North America's "Best Big City," according to Money Magazine. They will be taken aback at the incredible natural beauty of the area and will vastly enjoy the bustling local scene, sumptuous dining and myriad of activities that are all effortlessly accessed thanks to Portland's famous light-rail system.
The Portland area offers a clean, green and friendly metropolis, with lots to do and even more to see. Portland is blessed with tall trees, snow-capped mountains, lush green fields, gently flowing rivers, clean water, moderate climate and bountiful flower gardens. Although people living here may disagree on what to call Portland- the City of Roses, the City of Homes, the City of Bridges, the City of Parks -- all agree it is a city populated by friendly people and surrounded by breathtaking beauty.
Relocating business professionals will be excited by the well educated and stable work force and an economy that is diverse and growing. The region's high quality of life makes it easy to attract workers to the area and keep them here. The metropolitan area is strategically located, with easy access to West Coast markets and beyond.
Relocating families will be impressed with Portland’s metropolitan area which has more than 37,000 acres of parks. Recreational opportunities are limitless. Playing fields are available for soccer, volleyball, baseball and football. Tennis courts, swimming pools, gardens, picnic grounds, jogging paths, golf courses and river beaches offer endless opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Many of the city and state park facilities offer tours, field trips and other activities. There’s also camping, hunting, fishing, mountain climbing, sail boarding, water and snow skiing, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting and bicycle touring.
Wherever you go in Portland, you’re never far from an art house cinema, performance space or gallery. You're never more than five minutes from a brewpub or gourmet coffee shop, and always just a puddle’s jump away from a farmers' market, park or garden. It’s easy to find your way around Portland's vibrant arts and cultural scene. All the mainstays of a major city are here – the symphony, ballet, opera, visiting Broadway shows – plus a thriving scene that makes room for the imaginations of Portland's resident playwrights, choreographers and composers.