City Description for Relocating to Portland Metro

Downtown Portland, Oregon

 

Downtown Portland has so much to offer anyone considering relocating to Portland.  Going to school at Portland State or University of Portland?  Want to live in a condo surrounding thriving entertainment and nightlife?  Want to go to a professional sporting event?  Want to meet other like minded people?  Want to enjoy numerous miles of parks, running, biking and any other outdoor activities?  Want to easily transport from one part of the city to another?  Portland is a great place to live, work and play.

Downtown Portland


Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities: Click here for a list of the large employers in Downtown Portland.


Transportaion

DMV: Oregon DMV When relocating to Oregon you will need to get in touch with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain an Oregon driver’s license, pass DEQ testing for your car, renew license plates among other things. The closest DMV is located


Housing

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Religious Affiliations

There is an abundant amount of religious affiliations in Downtown Portland.  Click here for a list of all the churches, synagogues, temples and mosques in Downtown Portland, Oregon.


Entertainment

Oregon Maritime Museum SW Naito Pkwy & SW Pine St 503.224.7724

Portland Art Museum is recognized internationally for its more than 42,000 objects reflecting the history of art from ancient times to today. 1219 SW Park Ave

Portland Police Museum has been in existence since 1976 and features exhibits in chronological order. 1111 SW 2nd Ave

The Old Church is now a non profit historic site. 1422 SW 11th Ave

Oregon Historical Society houses the permanent exhibit on the History of Oregon: 'Oregon My Oregon'. It also presents major traveling exhibitions on a variety of themes. 1200 SW Park Ave 503.306.5249

Wells Fargo History Exhibit features a Concord stagecoach, hands-on telegraph, guided tours, video, and artifacts. 1300 SW 5th Ave 503-886-1102

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center provides for self guided tours. It opened in September 2001, as a landmark green building. The building has become the first redevelopment project in the US to be awarded the Gold LEED Certification. 721 NW 9th Ave 503.227.6225

Portland is home of numerous art galleries, theatres, museums, and gardens. On the First Thursday of the month the downtown galleries invite you to an evening of art, win, and music from 6-9. Below is a wide selection of what Portland has to offer.

Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts is also known as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts mission. Their mission is to show artists that no one has ever heard of, but will. 122 NW 8th Ave

Butters Gallery offers paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture. They feature one person or a group exhibition monthly by nationally known artists. 520 NW Davis St 503.248.9378;  800.544.9171

Caplan Art Designs showcases best-selling local Portland, Oregon artists. They also offer personalized Art and Framing services. 1102 NW 10th Ave 503-319-6437

Fireborne Creations in Glass has a variety of pieces with a range of prices. 515 SW Broadway
503-227-6585

Forever Art & The CEO's Home offers contemporary and traditional oil paintings by international, local, and Russian artists. They also offer custom framing. 828 NW Hoyt 503-227-2010

Froelick Gallery exhibitions change monthly with a public reception on the First Thursday evening of each month. 714 NW Davis St 503-222-1142

Jadestone Gallery 228 SW 1st Ave 503.243.2014

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center provides for self guided tours. It opened in September 2001, as a landmark green building. The building has become the first redevelopment project in the US to be awarded the Gold LEED Certification. 721 NW 9th Ave 503.227.6225

Lawrence Gallery has been serving the art world for over 30 years. It has over 24,000 square feet of fine art in three locations.903 NW Davis St 503.228.1776 800.894.4278

Shaffer Fine Art Gallery entertains oil paintings, canvas giclees, bronze sculpture, posters, and prints. 308 SW 1st Ave 1-877-844-3447

Yoshidas Fine Art Gallery Wine Bar Bistro offers over 5,000 sq ft of original Northwest art, imported Asian antique furnishings, fine wines, and a full service bar. 206 NW 10th Ave 503-227-3911


Demographic

According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-year estimates Portland came in as follows: Total population was 551,226, Males 272,232 and Females 278,994. 530,777 reported as one race. Of those, 433,172 were White, 35,246 were Black or African American, 7,629 were American Indian and Alaska Native, 36,036 were Asian, 2,668 were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and 16,026 were Some other race. 20,449 reported Two or more races and 48,627 reported Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
Population 25 years and over was 389,133 and of those 89.2% had a High school graduate or higher and 39.6% had a Bachelor's degree or higher.

On an economic front, 69.7% were in labor force (population 16 years and over). Median household income (in 2008 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $48,993 and the median family income (in 2008 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $64,193.


Library

Multnomah County Library dates back to 1864 and has the largest library system in the state of Oregon. 801 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR, (503) 988-5123

Oregon Department-Environmental Library, 811 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 229-6854


Clubs

Riverplace Athletic Club, 0150 Southwest Montgomery Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 221-1212

Arlington Club, 811 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-4141

Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-6251

10th Avenue Athletic Club, 1111 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 294-7420

Rotary Club of Portland, 619 Southwest 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 Phone: (503) 228-1542


Restaurants

The Heathman Restaurant and Bar. chef Philippe Boulot was the winner of the 2001 James Beard Award for Excellence - best Chef of the pacific Northwest. 1001 SW Broadway at Salmon, Portland, OR 97205 Reservations: 800-551-0011 Contact: 503-241-4100

El Gaucho offers live Latin guitar and grand tableside service and a world class wine list. 319 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205 Phone: 503.227.8794

Seres Restaurant and Bar uses organic produce, free-range poultry and Painted Hills Natural Beef. 1105 NW Lovejoy Street, Portland, Oregon 97209 Phone: 971 222 7327

The Original, 300 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204 Phone: 503.546.2666

Brazil Grill carve from at least 12 meats and gourmet sausages and you have a chance to try everything in the house. Turn your light to green and roaming gauchos will visit your table, turn your light to red and they will stay away and give you a break. 1201 SW 12th, Portland, OR 97205 Phone: 503-222-0002

Ristorante Fratelli is geared for romantic Italian dining. Located in the Pearl District. 1230 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209  503-241-8800


Sports

Portland Indoor Soccer, 418 Southeast Main Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 231-6368

Oregon Adult Soccer Association, 1750 Southwest Skyline Boulevard, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 292-1814

Peaceful & Recreational Basketball League, 1425 Northwest 16th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 493-9335

Portland Tennis Center, 324 Northeast 12th Avenue, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 823-3189

Racquet Club, 1853 Southwest Highland Road, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-5460

Riverplace Athletic Club, 0150 Southwest Montgomery Street, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 221-1212

YMCA, SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR Phone: (503) 223-9622


City History

In 1844, Native American guides took William Overton and Asa Lovejoy by canoe to "the clearing" where they stopped for a break. Overton and Lovejoy thought the clearing might make a good settlement so Lovejoy agreed to pay 25 cents to file a claim with the provisional government in exchange for half the 640 acres that they believe would be available for immigrants soon. Overton was a bit of a drifter and sold his 320 acres to Francis Pettygrove for about $50 which was the first of the townsite tract. Early on there was a lot of confusion over ownership of property which had to be settled in court. Pettygrove and Lovejoy ended up "snapping a copper" which was "flipping a coin" to decide the settlement's name. Pettygrove ended up winning the toss and so he named the area Portland after the town he lived in Maine. If Lovejoy would have won the toss, the name of the town would have been Boston.

Surrounding Cities: NW, SW, SE, NE, North Portland

City Pictures: Downtown Portland

Riverfront
Maritime Museum Downtown Portland Marina Riverfront Fountain Portland Spirit Ticket Booth
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Downtown Business
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Crystal Ball Room Deschutes Brewery Powell's Bookstore Lawrence Gallery
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Pearl District
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
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Pioneer Place
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Firefighters Park
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Rose Garden
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YMCA, Powells Books Store, Duniway Park
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Goose Hollow
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Multnomah Athletic Club MAC Skybridge Multnomah Athletic Club MAC Entry
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United Methodist Church United Methodist Church Willamette Dental
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Abitare Condominiums
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Eliot Tower Condominiums
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Encore Condominiums
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Marshall Wells Condominiums
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Arbor Vista Condominiums
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Harrison East Condominiums
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Lair Hill Condominiums
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Civic Condominiums
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Pinnacle Condominiums
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The Edge Condominiums
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