Fun Facts & Trivia about Portland, Oregon*
536,240; 1.9 million in the Portland metropolitan area
145 square miles (375 square km)
Average height of 173 feet above sea level (52.5 m)
- Time zone:
- Miles to ocean:
78 (125 km)
- Miles to a glacier:
65 to the Palmer Glacier on Mount Hood (104 km)
- Average temps:
January, 39.6 F (4.2 C); July, 76 F (24.4 C
- Average rainfall:
36.3 inches (less than Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Indianapolis or Seattle - and without that nasty humidity)
The Oregonian (daily), The Portland Tribune (semiweekly), Willamette Week (weekly)
- Major industry:
Tourism, high-tech, health care and manufacturing
- Road conditions:
503.222.6721 (AAA Oregon)
Portland International Airport (503.460.4040, www.flypdx.com)
MAX, Portland's light rail system (503.238.7433, www.tri-met.org) Tri-Met bus system (503.238.7433,www.tri-met.org) Portland Streetcar (503.238.7433, www.portlandstreetcar.org) Amtrak, Union Station (800.872.7245, www.amtrak.com)
- Official Bird:
- Official rose:
Mme. Caroline Testout Rose
|City||Country||Date Established |
|Sapporo||Japan||November 17, 1959|
|Guadalajara||Mexico||September 23, 1983|
|Corinto||Nicaragua||April 17, 1985|
|Ashkelon||Israel||October 13, 1987|
|Ulsan||South Korea||November 20, 1987|
|Suzhou||China||June 7, 1988|
|Khabarovsk||Russia||June 10, 1988|
|Kaohsiung||Taiwan||October 11, 1988|
|Mutare ||Zimbabwe||December 18, 1991|
|Bologna||Italy||June 5, 2003|
- "This gateway to Oregons wine country is a wine destination in its own right."
Food & Wine magazine (August 2003)
- "Best running town" and home of the Best urban running trail: the Leif Erickson Trail"
Runners World (May 2003)
- No. 1 urban destination for summer travel in the United States, according to Travel + Leisure readers; plus No. 1 for general safety; No. 1 for ease of getting around; No. 3 for fall travel.
Travel + Leisure magazine (April 2003)
- One of "Americas 10 Best Summer Vacations"
Citysearch Editors Poll (June 2002)
- One of "10 perfect places in North America to spend your summer holiday."
Money magazine (April 2002)
- One of Americas "Top 25 Arts Destinations"
AmericanStyle magazine (Spring 2002)
- Called "the next Napa" and ". . . the Burgundy of America."
Gourmet magazine (January 2002)
- No. 2, "Best Places to Live in the United States"
Money magazine (December 2001)
- "North Americas No. 1 Cycling City"
Bicycling magazine (November 2001)
- No. 5, "Top 100 Fantastic Places (and Things) for 2001"
Travel + Leisure magazine (January 2001)
- The Portland Saturday Market is the largest continuously operating open-air crafts market in the United States.
- Powells City of Books, occupying an entire city block, is the worlds largest independent bookstore.
- The Port of Portlands combined terminals handle $10.5 billion worth of cargo each year.
- Portlands Junior Rose Festival Parade is the largest childrens parade in America.
- Portlandia is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the world (the Statue of Liberty is the first).
- Portlands International Rose Test Garden is the oldest in the nation.
- More Asian elephants (27 to date) have been born in Portland than in any other North American city.
- Portland is known as the epicenter of Americas craft brewing renaissance.
- Portland is home to both the worlds smallest dedicated park, Mill Ends Park (24 inches in size), and the nations largest forestedcity wilderness
the 5,000-acre Forest Park.
- Portland has 37,000 acres of parks in the metro area.
- Portlands nicknames include Rose City, City of Bridges, Rip City, and Rivercity.
- The Oregon Brewers Festival is the largest gathering of independent brewers in North America.
- The city of Portland was officially incorporated on February 8, 1851.
- There is no sales tax in Oregon.
*From the Portland Oregon Visitors Association
Fun Facts About Oregon
- Oregon is the 10th largest state in the union, covering 97,073 square miles.
- The population of Oregon is only 3.4 million, with 1.5 million living in the Portland area.
- You may not pump your own gas in the state of Oregon.
- The highest elevation point is Mt. Hood at 11,239 feet, and the lowest is at sea level.
- The deepest river-carved gorge in North America, Hells Canyon (at 7,900 feet) is located in the Northeastern corner of the state.
- There are more than 6,000 lakes and 112,000 miles of rivers and streams.
- Oregon's birthday is Valentine's Day, February 14, 1859.
- Most of Oregon is located in the Pacific time zone. Oregon's easternmost city, Ontario, is actually located in the Mountain time zone.
- There are more than 5,900 registered campsites, 230 state parks and 13 national forests in Oregon.
- Nearly half of Oregon's total area is forested - close to 30 million acres.
- Oregon has more than 7,000 bridges, including 53 covered bridges.
- There are 16 known hot springs in Oregon.
- Oregon has 12 downhill ski areas, with 400 trails in three mountain ranges.
- At 1,932 feet, Crater Lake, located in Southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States.
- The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the richest fossil bed sites in the world.
- Oregon City, Oregon, was the first incorporated city west of the Rockies.
- There are currently 17 ghost towns in Oregon.
- There are nine lighthouses and one light ship along the Oregon Coast.
- Astoria, founded in 1811, is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rockies.
- Oregon has four National Historic Trails, and 14 National Historic Districts.
- The Oregon State Bird is the Western Meadowlark.
- The Oregon State Animal is the American Beaver.