Portland’s List Popularity
It’s not unusual for Portland to make numerous lists each year – most (not all) putting them at or near the top of something to brag about. It’s also often cited by Americans as one of their top choices of places they’d like to live. But why is Portland making so many lists?
Long known for its environmentally green practices, Portland is often cited as one of the greenest cities in the world. Those seeking a “greener” lifestyle are increasingly attracted to the city because of its easy of walking, numerous green spaces, careful urban planning, and civic environmental practices.
It’s also famed for its microbreweries and micro-distilleries. It’s also quite the coffee city! But there’s a lot more to the city than beer, coffee, and environmental practices.
It’s located at the foot of Mt. Hood for a stunning position straddling the Willamette River at the confluence of the Columbia River. It’s also about 70 miles to the rugged beauty of the Oregon coastline. Residents can be either on a, albeit cold, beach or skiing in the mountains in under two hours.
Portland is also known for its education and it’s home to numerous post-secondary educational options including: The Portland Community College, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Portland, Reed College, and Lewis & Clark College.
And, if athletics is more in your cadre of interests, it not only attracts the outdoorsy types, it also provides plenty of spectator opportunities from pro to collegiate. It’s the home of the Trail Blazers of the NBA and the Timbers MLS team.
Lastly, the City of Roses offers some of the state’s most popular attractions such as the zoo, World Forestry Center, and an arboretum and garden as well as any number of parks.
Portland in numbers:
As the largest city in Oregon, it is home to almost 3 million people throughout its metropolitan area making it the 24th most populous metropolitan area in the U.S.
As a city, it is the 28th most populous city in the U.S. with just under 650,000. When you combine the statistics, it moves into 17th in the U.S. It’s major industries are real estate & construction, and technology according to forbes.com. Its 2015 median household income was $61,079
and median home price was $271,800.
Just a Few Lists Portlanders would Love:
• It’s frequently rated as one of the top cities for a healthy retirement.
• It’s been rated as a Foodie’s best city.
• Rated “Best place to live for any lifestyle” – it’s rated as the top spot on the West Coast by Sunset Magazine.
• It was selected as #9 on the The 20 Best Cities for 20-Somethings
• Most micro-breweries and distilleries per capita in the U.S.
• In 2012, Portland was the 5th Best City for Hipsters
• In 2015 Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked the city #15 for beer lovers.
• Men’s Journal in 2015 put it as #3 on its 10 Best Places to Live Now.
• The Portland Timbers soccer team ended 2015 as U.S. champions.
It’s not all happy days for the lists it makes. It is ranked 8th in the country for cases of syphilis. Portland has 167 days of rain a year putting it at the top of that list. The city doesn’t rank very well for diversity being a mainly White population. It’s also ranked as one of the least religious cities in America.
But why go on? Most Portlanders would tell you they love their city, its scenery and its highly successful soccer team. Just remember to buy an umbrella!
Oh, and we can’t write an article about Portland list’s without mentioning us bargain-hunters FAVORITE list.