About our Area

There is simply no better standard of living than here in the Portland and Southwest Washington area. Our community enjoys all the benefits of a major metropolitan area without losing touch with the things that are most important to us.

We’re in love with nature, and it’s easy to see by looking around at the parks that surround us. We’re focused on the future, and you’ll know it when you hop the light rail from the airport into downtown Portland. We’re in touch with our past, and our pioneering heritage shows everywhere you go. We have a devotion to the arts; it’s hard to walk more than a few blocks without seeing a gallery or a theater. And of course we’re a people of commerce. The area first began to bloom as a trading post, and the tradition of business has carried on. The “goddess of commerce” is the unofficial patroness of Portland, as can be seen in the 36ft tall statue Portlandia perched on the third floor terrace of the Portland Building.

Most importantly, we’re not simply a big city community. We’re small towns and suburbs, hip urban neighborhoods and small rural farms. We’re Washington and Oregon, split by the mighty Columbia but joined together as one thriving society. We think you’ll agree that there’s nothing quite like life in our corner of the world.

Photo courtesy of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association.