Portland, Oregon (OR)
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General Information about Portland
Portland is a city located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the U.S. state of Oregon. With a population of 568,380  it is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, after Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately two million people live in Portland metropolitan area (MSA), the 23rd most populous in the United States as of July 2006.
Portland was incorporated in 1851 and is the seat of Multnomah County. The city extends slightly into Washington County to the west and Clackamas County to the south. It is governed by a commission based government headed by a mayor and four other commissioners. Portland's first mayor was Hugh O'Bryant who served for one year.
Stats about Portland
|Cost of Living|
|Median Household Income:||$40,146|
|Median Home Value:||$154,900|
|State sales tax:||none|
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Ratings and reviews of Portland
floyd.knapp (lived here for 5-10 years but moved):
"Great City for living!"
Portland has the best public transportation system on the West Coast and maybe the country. The cost of living here is good and the city has a lot to offer. Skiing and water sports are only an hour away as well the coast. I plan to retire in Portland when my children are grown and I can leave the Bay Area. I vacationed in th POrtland Vancouver area 2 years ago and was so pleased at the ease of traffic and the friendliness of the people. You certainly can go home again when your home is Portland Oregon!
floyd.knapp (lived here for Under 5 years but moved):
"nice place to be from"
I moved back to Portland in December 2012 for the last time. I moved out because the cost of living (COL) has increased dramatically and the jobs have not. Electricity was cheap in Oregon, not any more, it is through the roof! It is like California COL. Property management companies are xenophobic, any one from another state will find is difficult to rent a house or apartment. They want to know your life history, credit history, criminal background and have you pay the cost of investigation. All they should ask of previous landlords is, "did the renter pay the rent on time and leave the place in good order when he left?" Many want you to be on the job for a year before they will rent to you. How is that possible? Few companies in Portland have offices elsewhere and who would elect to move to Portland from say a city like San Francisco or New York? Another issue is there are too many pot heads and unemployed people in Portland driving around all day, doing what is a mystery. Now with the new WA law, they can drive over the bridge for their habit and bring it back to Portland. I had to move from my house in SW Portland due to the neighbors smoking it up. Portland is NOT the place to retire or live. Oregon is full of pot smoking, unemployed, welfare collecting, white trash. They can have their white homeland in the Pacific NW, who cares!
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