Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County.
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It is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.
The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a geographic region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east.
The Willamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, located entirely within the state of Oregon.
In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water.
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The city covers 145 square miles and had an estimated population of 632,309 in 2015, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country in the Americas.
Approximately 2,389,228 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area, the 23rd most populous MSA in the United States.
Its Combined Statistical Area ranks 17th with a population of 3,022,178.
A combined statistical area is composed of adjacent metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas in the United States and Puerto Rico that can demonstrate economic or social linkage.
18 is the natural number following 17 and preceding 19.
Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.
The Portland metropolitan area or Greater Portland is a metropolitan area in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington centered on the principal city of Portland, Oregon.
Named after the city on the coast of Maine, the Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s near the end of the Oregon Trail.
The Oregon Trail is a 2,170-mile historic east–west, large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon.
Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a major force in the city's early economy.
At the turn of the 20th century, the city had developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous port cities in the world, a hub for organized crime and racketeering.
A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not actually exist, that will not be put into effect, or that would not otherwise exist if the racket did not exist.
Organized crime is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for money and profit.
After the city's economy experienced an industrial boom during World War II, its hard-edged reputation began to dissipate.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although related conflicts began earlier.
Beginning in the 1960s, Portland became noted for its growing liberal political values, and the city has earned a reputation as a bastion of counterculture, which proceeded into the 21st century.
A counterculture is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores.
According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, Portland ranks as the eighth most popular American city, based on where people want to live.
The city operates with a commission-based government guided by a mayor and four commissioners as well as Metro, the only directly elected metropolitan planning organization in the United States.
A metropolitan planning organization is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization in the United States that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities.
The city government is notable for its land-use planning and investment in public transportation.
Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres of public parks.
Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias, preferably through direct acquisition from the producer.
Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking.
Its climate is marked by warm, dry summers and cold, rainy winters.
This climate is ideal for growing roses, and Portland has been called the "City of Roses" for over a century.
A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears.
"Keep Portland Weird" is an unofficial slogan for the city.
"Keep Portland Weird" is a popular slogan that appears on bumper stickers, signs, and public buildings throughout Portland, Oregon and its surrounding metro area.