The region’s sense of place and community is drawn from the distinctive neighborhoods found throughout the metro area. Homeowners and renters can choose to live in historic houses, chic lofts, moderately priced apartments, townhouses or spacious executive homes in urban, suburban or country settings.

On average, homes in the region are less expensive than comparable housing in other West Coast cities and housing costs remain competitive with those in cities around the nation. The affordability and quality of housing available in and around Portland remains an attractive feature of living and doing business in the region.


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More than 600 schools and 25 school districts serve the Portland metro area. The region offers parents and students a variety of choices by offering more than 100 secular and religious private, primary, secondary and high schools in addition to the plethora of public schools. Parents and students can also choose from a large variety of charter and magnet schools to nurture the students’ specific interests.

» For more information, visit the Metro School Districts' web sites.

Colleges & Universities

Education is among the highest priorities of the greater Portland area. Of people over the age of 25, 34.6 percent have taken some college course or have obtained an associate’s degree. In that same population, 33.3 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. One of Portland’s most recognized universities is Oregon Health & Science University. OHSU is historically one of the region’s major employers, recognized worldwide for its education and groundbreaking research programs. OHSU’s three major research centers are the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research; the Biomedical Information Communications Center; and The Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology.



Mild weather is the norm in the region, with few extremes in temperature. Seasons are distinct. The moderate regional climate results in a long growing season, flourishing forests and abundant foliage. Summer temperatures hover near 80° F during the day, but the thermostat can occasionally reach 100° F during July and August. Typically, winters are moderate with cloudy skies and most of the year’s precipitation. Average temperatures rarely dip below the freezing point.

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The Pacific Northwest’s stunning geological diversity and pristine environment make it a favorite destination for people from around the world. The Portland metro area is nestled within the heart of the region, tucked between the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountain Range, with ample opportunities for outdoor adventures, from strolling on the pristine Pacific beaches to hiking in the high desert.

The region is rich in cultural opportunities as well. Tourists and residents alike enjoy a variety of concert venues, literary readings, lecture series, film and art festivals, multicultural celebrations, art galleries, performance arts, and museums. And sports fans can take a time out at Portland’s arenas for baseball, lacrosse, hockey, NBA basketball, and, beginning in fall 2010, Major League Soccer.

Discover the region for yourself: our people, our places and our extraordinary potential.

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