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Portland Facts

Interesting Facts

  • Portland has a population of 600,000 and more than 2.3 million in the metropolitan area, making it the 28th largest populated city in the US

  • Portland is the largest city in Oregon; it is 145 square miles

  • Powell's Books was rated one of the ten coolest book stores in the World by CNN in 2014

  • Portland was named #5 for Best Cities to Launch a New Business by Forbes in 2014

  • This city is very vegan friendly

  • Portland is located 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean

  • The Washington Post named Portland the #1 Best Food City in America in 2015

  • "Keep Portland Weird" is one of the city's mottos

  • Nicknames include Rose City, City of Roses, Stumptown, Rip City, City of Bridges and Bridgetown (there are 9 bridges just in the downtown area alone)

  • Portland was named the Fittest US City by Men's Fitness Magazine 2014

  • Voted #1 in Bike Friendly Cities by Bicycling Magazine 2012

  • In the category of keeping it weird, Portland is home to the largest naked bike ride in the world, with 13,000 participants

  • You can't pump your own gas in Oregon, it's the law

  • We love our airport and so does the country. Voted Best Airport in America by Travel+Leisure's 2015 poll.

The city has several national sports teams and venues including: