Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County in the state of Oregon. The city is the largest in the area and a major port in the Willamette Valley region. It is a city with all the amenities you can ask for, no matter what you are interested in. There are many museums and live performance venues. The city is known for its street food, and many food trucks. The bars are excellent and the breweries are many. For the sports interested the city is home to many professional sports team, the city's pride are theirs Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and the Portland Timbers of the Major League Soccer. The city's location makes it excellent for outdoor activities, both during the summer and the winter. For winter activities, such as skiing, is Mount Hood ideal with its close proximity. Washington Park is located central in the city and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, as well as museums, gardens, and a zoo.
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About Portland, OR Real Estate According to US News the average cost to buy a home in Portland is approximately $350,000, which is above the national average. The cost of buying a home, as well as renting, vary greatly depending on the neighborhood and area. It is considerably cheaper to buy a home in the outlying areas of Beaverton, Gresham, and Vancouver (Washington). The average monthly cost to rent a home in Portland is higher than the national average. The cost of living here is slightly higher the national average.
Living in Portland, OR Portland is a popular tourist destination. It is renowned for its food, primarily the over 600 food trucks in the city. The food trucks are diverse and excellent, many consider the street food here among the best in the world. The city is also home to many excellent breweries and bars.
The city is also home to many museums, everything from art museums to science and wildlife. Some of the museums in the city are: the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Portland Children's Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society Museum.
The country's longest running amusement park, Oaks Amusement Park is located in Southeast Portland. The Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi River and is located in Washington Park, southwest of downtown Portland. Washington Park is a public urban park, which includes the World Forestry, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children's Museum, International Rose Test Garden, and the Japanese Garden. In the park there are also an amphitheater, many memorials, several tennis courts, a soccer field, plenty of picnic areas, playgrounds, numerous displays of public art, an archery range, and miles of trails.
Transportations and commutes in Portland Almost all working Portland residents commute to work by driving alone, or commute via carpool. The public transportation is operated by Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) who service bus and light rail lines. In downtown and adjacent areas, the Portland Streetcar operates street car lines.
Inter-city rail is provided by Amtrak's Cascades, with service to and from Vancouver and Eugene. Amtrak's Coast Starlight provides service to and from Los Angeles and Seattle. Lastly, the Empire Builder provides service between Portland and Chicago.
Portland International Airport (PDX) is a civil and military use airport, and the largest airport in Oregon. The airport has many flights to domestic destinations in the entire country. There are a few international flights with destinations in Canada and China.