Portland, OR is located in the Northwestern part of the United States with a population of about 582,000, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Portland ranks about 30th of the most populous cities in the US and third in the Paific Northwest, after Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC. An estimated 2.2 million people live in the Metropolitan Portland area. Popular Science has continued to award Portland the title of the "Greenest City in America" and Grist Magazine lists it as the 2nd greenest City in the World. Portland was incorporated in 1851 and is the county seat of Multnomah County.
Homes are available in all price ranges, more upscale homes are generally nestled in the hills with spectacular views of the city, rivers, mountains and valley. Willamette River divides Portland into East and West, Burnside Street divides the "City of Roses" into North and South. The International Airport is located near the Columbia River, about 12 miles northeast of Downtown, and can easily be reached with the light rail system or freeways.
Downtown is very active, offering live entertainment, concerts, shows, museums and exibits. Different ethnic food can be enjoyed in many restaurants, bistros and cafes. The Pearl District, a newer redeveloped district with high-rise condos, is just north of Downtown and West Burnside, offering many boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance. Chinatown is east and north of Downtown, close to the Willamette River, along with the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Union Train Station and Greyhound Bus Depot are at the northerly end, just before the Broadway Bridge.
Cruise Ships on the Willamette and Columbia River offer entertainment, dining and dancing. Waterfront Park has many festival activities with beer and wine tasting, different foods, outdoor concerts and dragon boat races during the Rose Festival with Coronation Ceremony and Parade through Downtown. Within one hour, you can go skiing or snowboarding, often year-round, on Mt. Hood. The Oregon Coast is also within an hour drive. Go South toward Newberg and you are in the Oregon Wine Country, where several vineyards offer wine tasting on weekends throught the summer and fall. Campers have a choice of campsites throughout Oregon. Farmer's Markets operate between March and December.
Bigger employers located in the Portland area are Adidas' Regional Headquarter, Yakima Products, Precision Cast Parts Corporation, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Nike's World Headquarter, Intel, Linux Technology Center of IBM, Tektronix, Maxim Integrated Products, VeriWave, Reser Foods, Columbia Sportswear, and many more.