Living In Portland Oregon - A City of Excellence

Living in Portland Oregon is an absolute treat! I've been to many states throughout the US (not as many as I would like to; I love to travel!) and nowhere else makes me feel as good as Portland.

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I grew up on the SE side, in Milwaukie. I attended View Acres grade school, McLoughlin Jr High and finally Rex Putnam High School. I ended up graduating from Tigard High, but that's a story for another time. The majority of my life has been spent in and around Portland and I feel very blessed.

As an example of the differences between Portland and other cities, I have never seen a place that takes such pride in the cleanliness of their city, especially the streets.

Because everyone here is walking, biking, running, exercising, and moving, Men's Health voted Portland as the number one most active city in America, out of 100 other cities. That's says a lot about our priorities!

As a family with children, you'll find some of the finest education throughout the Portland area. When they reach college age, you'll discover some excellent college and vocational school, such as Portland State and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland (formally, Western Culinary Institute).

Locals are numero uno in the eyes of the city government. Expansion is a constant and improvement and being on the cutting-edge of life is top of the list. The powers that be are in an ever-moving mindset to make the city of Portland a safe and amazing place to live.

Now, we're not perfect, but who is? The key point I'm making is that Portland is always moving forward and looking toward the future. The people living in Portland Oregon soon realize that, even before they put down roots and it's exactly the reason so many people from California and the surrounding states are looking to relocate here.

Portland is safe, hospitable, business and family minded and just an all-around terrific city to live in. Here's a couple tidbits for you that make living in Portland Oregon unique:


Oregon doesn't have a sales tax. Us voters just keep shooting it down. Our governing body relies on a state income tax to keep things moving and shaking.


If you think about getting out to pump your own gas here, think again. Fire hazard, inconvenience to older citizens and other reasons have been given for the Oregon legislature giving a hardy "NO WAY" to the practice of self-serve gas stations.

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Here's all sorts of information to help you get acquainted with the city of Portland:

  • Portland Smartphone Apps - Discover the city in a whole new way...on your cell phone! Have an Android or iPhone? Find the apps to help you out.
  • Portland Bridges - In and out of the city, the bridges in Portland, OR have stories to tell.
  • Portland Public Schools - Your children are sure to get a great education. We hold children and their future in high regards.
  • Portland Jobs - a Mecca of technology and other industries, people come from all over to compete for a job in Portland.
  • Apartment Rentals in Portland - Should you buy or should you rent? Here are some reasons to seriously consider finding an Portland apartment rental.
  • Portland Senior Living – Although the average Portland resident is age 35, there is still a lot for mature adults to love about the City of Roses.
  • Portland Zip Codes - Just as you need help finding your way around a new city, your mail does, too ;)
  • Portland Radio Stations - Living in Portland Oregon provides you dozens of radio stations, up and down the dial. New, sports, weather, independent, and almost any genre of music you could want.
  • Portland Delivery Service - Portland Pedal Power delivers food, flowers, snacks, and a lot more to your home, business or anywhere around town...on bikes!
  • Christmas in Portland is a really fun time! The streets are loved on with lights and there are tons of events and activities to ring in the Christmas season and the new year.

....and there's more things to tell about living in Portland Oregon to come. Just give me time. ;)

Why Do You Like Living In Portland?

What do you like about living in Portland? The restaurants? The shopping? The people? The scenery? There's a 1001 different reasons people love Portland. Tell us yours!

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