Some Fun Facts About Portland

Some Fun Facts About Portland

We love the city of Portland! We wrote a little basic overview of Portland history and some fun facts.



Portland is the largest and the most populous city Oregon – a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Furthermore, it is the second-most populous city in the Pacific Northwest region and 25th in the whole country. According to statistics, almost 60%of Oregon’s population has a residence in the metropolitan area of Portland. Nevertheless, Portland serves as a port in the Willamette valley found at the confluence of the rivers of Columbia and Willamette. The city has had a reputation of progressiveness; this, however, is not what the city was known for in the turn of the 20th century. During this period, there was lots of lawlessness, corruption, racketeering and organized crime. Since then, the city has turned itself into a democratic region with a commissioned government led by the mayor with four commissioners who are elected directly by the people. It is, therefore, one of the most democratic cities. With this preview, we shall then look at some interesting facts about Oregon’s largest city of Portland.


Geographical facts

The city lies on an extinct volcano field which the locals call the boring lava field. Also, it has a dormant volcano in the mount of Tabor, one of two cities to have this feature in the United States. However, the city’s metropolitan area has shown to contain some active and shallow fault lines that run across it. Studies indicate that the fault lines have a possibility of producing an earthquake of 7.0 on the Richter scale. The last one to hit the area had a magnitude of 6.8 in 2001.

Portland city is slightly flat. Most of the ground is flat; however; there are some high points in the city. For instance, the forest park area which is rarely used, and mt tabor area which shelters an inactive volcano of approximately 194 m above ground and the highest in the city.



The city of Portland has a temperate oceanic climate from its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often characterized by warm and dry summers and cold and cloudy winters. The fall is further characterized by wet and varied weather patterns. Furthermore, it is believed that of the densely populated areas of the northwest Pacific, Portland is the warmest of them all in terms of average temperatures. The lowest average temperatures happen during December with average temperatures of 7oC. However, these temperatures may go as low as the freezing point, although it doesn’t happen that often. The snowfall in Portland is averaged at 4.3 inches, and it falls for 33 nights a year, from December to March annually.

Spring and fall always come with varied weather patterns, including warm moments and cold snaps that send temperatures up to 27oC and 4-9oC respectively. It often rains but only little precipitations that amount to 0.25mm annual rainfall.


The 2010 United States census reported that the white population in Portland is the majority number of people with an average percentage of 76.1%. Asians, blacks, native Americans and pacific islanders all have individual percentages of less than 10%. The population of blacks in Portland is reported to have risen from 2000 persons in 1940s. The increase is attributed to the labor crisis during world war ii, which attracted more blacks for the construction of boats and the liberty ship. The population has continued to grow in the recent past to be able to account for about 6% of the population. The census further revealed that approximately 583,776 people resided in the city in 2010. These numbers have grown for sure, but a significant fraction of it is predominantly white. The Asians were allowed to enter Oregon for work, and no other reason was to bring them, at this time, the black population was barred from entering the state; hence, the city. These abolition’s were conducted in the late 80s. It should, however, be understood that Portland is very diverse with population mix.

Of the total Portland population, a report suggests that 235508 persons are organized in households.

Interesting facts about Portland

  • The naming of the city. According to sources, Portland city was named after a coin toss. This is funny since we may never know what the reason for this was and which names other than Portland

  • Annually, Portland holds a naked ride festival. The festival involves stripping and riding bikes. Peculiar right?

  • Mill’s park in Portland is thought to be the smallest in the world.

  • It is said that the number of strip clubs in Portland is so many. Furthermore, the city harbors more beer than any other city due to the presence of mini-breweries.

  • There is a tunnel running across the downtown parts of the town. Initially, the tunnels were purposed to carry goods to Willamette docks. But, they ended up being used to kidnap people and sell them to slavery, either sex or labor.

  • Powell’s bookshop in Portland is the largest bookstore in the world that is owned independently.

  • Portland city houses a range of performing arts. Several institutions have come up as a result. They include, the Oregon ballet theater, artists’ repertory theater, the miracle theater, etc. less than a decade ago, the city’s music scene was named as one of the most vibrant.

  • The city is home to a considerable number of museums and educational institutions.

  • Another interesting fact is that Portland was named as the top city globally for street food.

  • Sports wise, 3 major sports brands are based in Portland. The Portland Trail Blazers for basketball, Portland timbers for soccer and Portland thorns for women’s soccer.

The bottom line

History has been so kind to Portland. Being a northern coastal city and one of the largest in the area, you expect it played a very pivotal role during and after the world war and during the industrial revolution. No wonder some people say the city is home to the most brainiacs in the region. This article has pointed out a few points that give this city a tipping edge over the neighboring cities. In a nutshell, the city is strong on almost all fronts; socially, politically, economically, social-economically, etc.

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