Portland is more than a great place to visit - it's a great place to live, work and grow a business.
Portland is a city of neighborhoods - each with its own distinctive character. The city's excellent transportation system, including the MAX light-rail network, buses, Portland Streetcar and freeways, highways, streets and bike paths make travel throughout the region's many communities and the Central City pleasant and easy.
With an ethnically diverse population of almost 2 million, Portland is the 28th largest metropolitan area in the country, the fourth largest city on the West Coast, and the largest city in the state.
Portland, Oregon, has often been called the big city with the small town feel. Its mild weather, breathtaking scenery, exciting location and friendly people have all contributed to its appearance on numerous Best Of lists, including Online Insider's Top 10 Least Expensive Cities, Money Magazine's Top 10 Places to Vacation and Top 10 Best Places to Live, and American Style Magazine's Top 25 Arts Destinations.
Vancouver, Washington sits on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west. The Cascade Mountain Range rises on the east. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Hood are less than two hours away. The spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area lies 30 minutes to the east. Vancouver combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with small-town charm and abundant recreational opportunities.
Even explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who traversed the area as they made their way to the Pacific Ocean in 1805-1806, knew a great place to call home when they saw it. In his journal in 1806, Lewis noted, indeed the only desirable situation for a settlement which I have seen on the West side of the Rocky Mountains.
Vancouver became the first non-native settlement in the Pacific Northwest when, nineteen years after Lewis and Clark's journey, the Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Vancouver, now operated by the U.S. Park Service.
Vancouver enjoys mild weather with less average annual rainfall than Boston, Washington, D.C. or Atlanta. Seasons are distinct. Summer temperatures generally climb into the 80s. Winter nights rarely fall below 30 degrees fahrenheit. Our moderate climate results in lush forests and abundant foliage. Springtime explodes with blossoming trees and shrubs.
Average annual rainfall: 41.3 inches
Average annual snowfall: 6.5 inches
Growing season: 218 days
Whether you're interested in relocation, retirement or a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, there is plenty to see and do in America's Vancouver.