Known as Bridgetown, the City of Roses, Stumptown, and Beervana (for the plentiful supply of local breweries), Portland lies at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in northwestern Oregon. Portland offers big city amenities and a small town vibe, while remaining less expensive than other major West Coast cities. Greater Portland Inc and Greater Portland Pulse provide data and statistics on all aspects of the region.
For anyone who has recently moved to Portland or is thinking of making the move, this curated list of available resources serves as a jumping off point for additional information. Start getting acclimated to your new home with a four minute tour of our city and surrounding area in the Finding Portland video. The 37 Things to consider before moving to Portland expands on the city and its culture. Welcome, get settled – and enjoy one of America’s best cities.
WORKING IN PORTLAND
Whether a new job brought you to Portland or you’re still looking, the good news is that Portland has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, and is diversifying to provide an array of professional and artisan jobs. People here are accessible – for a cup of coffee just about anyone is willing to meet with you and discuss your options. Relo Group provides links to job searching platforms. Oregon Live and Craigslist are also job search resources. Portland has a competitive advantage in several industries that offer information and job boards to get you connected. Some of these industries include Athletic and Outdoor Apparel , Clean Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Software and Technology.
Portland is probably the friendliest city in the United States for bicycle riders and walkers. The City of Portland works hard to make biking an integral part of daily life. The Transportation Bureau provides bicycle maps for preferred routes, information on cycle rides and classes, and bike shops and rental locations. TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail services in the Portland metro area. The TriMet website has an interactive map and trip planner and recently released an app to purchase tickets on mobile devices. The city is also served by the Portland Streetcar which will make a full loop around the city center once the Tillikum Crossing bridge is completed. Downtown's Union Station houses Amtrak and Greyhound Bus Lines. If you’re up for a trip to Seattle or British Columbia, Bolt Bus offers low fares for a weekend getaway. But you may never want to leave your new home – Portland has it all!
HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOODS
The Willamette River divides Portland between east and west, and the city has five major regions: North, Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and Southeast. Neighborhood Notes, Moving to Portland, and Portland Neighborhood Guide offer detailed information on Portland’s unique neighborhoods. Travel Portland, although geared towards tourism, highlights the best activities, shopping, and dining in each neighborhood. If you're looking for a pain-free and safe way to rent a place, check out Cozy, a Portland-based tech company revolutionizing the residential rental market.
THINGS TO DO
Something is always going on in Portland. PDX Pipeline has a monthly list of events – and a mobile app - to keep you in the know. Meetup has myriad options for activities and group social outings that can cater to your interests. Portland’s proximity to the Columbia Gorge, Cascade Mountains and the scenic Pacific coast provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and travel.
The City of Portland has several school districts, with Portland Public Schools the area’s largest. About 14 percent of Portland’s K-12 students attend private schools in the region. Check out Great Schools for rankings on area schools. The metropolitan area is also home to several public and private universities and colleges offering diverse academic programs--the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Linfield College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, the University of Portland, and Pacific University.