Portland, Oregon Education and City Information

Portland, Oregon, is known as the City of Roses because it has the ideal climate - with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters - for growing these flowers. Portland is home to numerous nonprofit postsecondary schools, including Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

Information about Portland, Oregon

Located approximately 70 miles east of the Pacific Coast, Portland is the largest city in Oregon, with an estimated population of 619,360, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures. Popular events in Portland include the annual Portland Rose Festival, which features parades, dragon boat races and other activities; the Oregon Brewers Festival, the largest North American gathering of independent beer brewers; and the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, which marked its 29th year in 2016. Among attractions in the city are the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Oregon Zoo and the World Forestry Center.

Portland Educational Opportunities

Over 20 private nonprofit colleges and universities are found in and around Portland. These include such varied options as Birthingway College of Midwifery, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Portland Actors Conservatory and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

Portland Community College, a public 2-year school, is the largest postsecondary institution in the city, with an enrollment of nearly 31,000 students. Not far behind in terms of enrollment is Portland State University (PSU), which has almost 28,000 students. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked PSU the nation's 16th most innovative school.

Other Portland schools recognized by U.S. News include the University of Portland, ranked the seventh best regional university in the West; Warner Pacific College, rated the tenth best regional college in the West; and Lewis and Clark College and Reed College, 72nd and 93rd among national liberal arts colleges, respectively.

Oregon Health & Science University, also in Portland, was ranked second in the country for its graduate programs in family medical research by U.S. News. Additionally, the university's graduate programs in primary care, rural medicine research, nursing-midwifery and physician assistance ranked among the nation's top 10.

Portland Economy and Industry Outlook

The greater Portland area has a diverse economic base, with top employers including the Intel Corporation, Providence Health System, and Fred Meyer Stores. Portland is the West Coast's third largest export tonnage port, and the 15th largest U.S. city for global trade. Important commodities for export include wood products and audio and video equipment. The city also serves as the headquarters for several well-known companies, including Adidas and Daimler Trucks.


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