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Portland, Oregon

Coordinates: 45°31′12″N 122°40′55″W / 45.52000°N 122.68194°W / 45.52000; -122.68194
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Portland, Oregon
City of Portland
Official seal of Portland, Oregon
"Rose City"; "Stumptown"; "PDX"; see Nicknames of Portland, Oregon for a complete list.
Interactive maps of Portland
Coordinates: 45°31′12″N 122°40′55″W / 45.52000°N 122.68194°W / 45.52000; -122.68194
Country United States
State Oregon
IncorporatedFebruary 8, 1851
Named forPortland, Maine
 • TypeCommission
 • MayorTed Wheeler[1] (D)
 • Commissioners
 • AuditorMary Hull Caballero
 • City144.98 sq mi (375.50 km2)
 • Land133.42 sq mi (345.57 km2)
 • Water11.56 sq mi (29.93 km2)
 • Urban
524.38 sq mi (1,358.1 km2)
50 ft (15.2 m)
Highest elevation1,188 ft (362 m)
Lowest elevation0.62 ft (0.19 m)
 • City652,503
 • Rank25th in the United States
1st in Oregon
 • Density4,890.59/sq mi (1,888.19/km2)
 • Metro2,512,859 (25th)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
Area codes503 and 971
FIPS code41-59000
GNIS feature ID1136645[7]

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the county seat of Multnomah County. As of 2020, about 652,503 people live in the city of Portland, and about 2.5 million people live in the city's metropolitan area. It is in the northern Oregon, where the Willamette River meets the Columbia River. Portland has the second most people of any city in the Northwest United States, after the city of Seattle.

Portland has many nicknames. One of these is "The City of Roses," because roses grow well there. Some other nicknames of Portland are "Stumptown" (because Portland was built over a forest), and "Puddletown" (because it often rains in Portland).

Many things are from Portland. Some of these things are Powell's Books, Beverly Cleary (and some of her most popular fictional characters, Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, which also have statues in the city's Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children), and the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.

References[change | change source]

  1. "City Home". City of Portland, Oregon. 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. The highest elevation is at 9936 NW Wind Ridge Dr., 45°33′31″N 122°46′43″W / 45.55873°N 122.77854°W / 45.55873; -122.77854 (Portland highest elevation). "City of Portland Urban Services Area". Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  4. The lowest elevation historically occurred at low water on January 17, 1937 at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers 45°39′03″N 122°45′46″W / 45.65096°N 122.76289°W / 45.65096; -122.76289 (Portland lowest elevation). "Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Portland: Columbia River at Vancouver". Water.weather.gov. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. "QuickFacts: Portland city, Oregon". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2024.
  6. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  7. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.