20 Interesting Facts About Portland

Interesting Facts About Portland

Facts About Portland

  1. Portland is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County.
  2. Portland had a population of 652,503, as of 2020, making it the 25th-most populated city in the United States.
  3. The first wiki website was created in Portland in 1994.
  4. Portland became noted for its growing progressive political values, earning it a reputation as a bastion of counter-culture.
  5. Portland is home to the largest independently owned bookstore in the world
  6. Portland lies on top of a dormant volcanic field known as the Boring Lava Field, named after the nearby bedroom community of Boring.
  7. Portland has more microbrews and brewpubs than any other U.S. city.
  8. The lowest overnight temperature ever recorded was −3 °F, on February 2, 1950, while the coldest daytime high temperature ever recorded was 14 °F on December 30, 1968.
  9. Portland is twinned with the following sister cities Sapporo, Japan; Guadalajara, Mexico; Ashkelon, Israel; Ulsan, South Korea; Suzhou, China; Khabarovsk, Russia; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Mutare, Zimbabwe & Bologna, Italy.
  10. 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.
  11. Portland has a friendship city agreement with Utrecht, Netherlands.
  12. Portland is home to the world’s smallest park, Mill Ends Park.
  13. The founders of what is now Portland, Francis Pettygrove from Portland, Maine and Asa Lovejoy from Boston, Massachusetts, both wanted to name it after their hometown when the name was to be changed from “The Clearing” in 1845. A coin toss was used to decide the new name and Pettygrove won two out of the three tosses.
  14. The median age of Portland residents is 36.3 years old.
  15. Portland is one of two U.S. cities that has a dormant volcano—Mount Tabor—within its city limits.
  16. Portland holds an annual World Naked Bike Ride, since 2004.
  17. The Simpsons cartoonist, Matt Groening, is from Portland and named many characters after Portland streets and landmarks.
  18. Portland elected the city’s first female mayor, Dorothy McCullough Lee, in 1949.
  19. The Portlandia statue downtown is the second-largest copper repoussé statue in the country.
  20. The International Rose Test Garden has over 500 types of roses.


Interesting Facts About Portland
Interesting Facts About Portland