Q: Why Portland?
A: Quality of Life + More Silicon Forest Facts You Need to Know
People generally move to Portland for one reason: because they want to be here more than there. And where software engineers go opportunities follow. The result: Portland tends to offer a higher quality of life than many larger cities. Here’s how.
Robust Career Growth Opportunities
Proof: By December 2016, Portland had the #1 fastest-growing tech sector of all U.S. cities. And Amazon Web Services made a long-term investment in Portland when it purchased Elemental Technologies – an investment that’s paying off for today’s AWS Elemental employees with intellectually challenging work in a beautiful, spacious environment designed for the needs of a thriving tech community.
Livable and Congenial
Here, neighborhoods are more like villages, in that they are places where people live, work, shop, find sustenance and seek entertainment. Consequently, people know their neighbors and community is a real thing and not a real estate buzzword. And when individuals, groups and businesses act on the community’s benefit, people rally.
Changes of Scenery are a Short Trip Away
Outdoors, Oregon has more geographic diversity to explore than many states, including spacious Pacific Ocean beaches (all with public access), the mountains of the Cascade Range, the sunny high desert, temperate rainforests, the rolling green hills of wine country and the jaw-dropping Columbia River gorge. Best of all, you can reach most within two hours or less.
Big but User-Friendly
Portland is growing rapidly, with all the amenities, entertainment, recreation and arts and culture opportunities of larger cities, and yet it retains a town-like feel. Sound urban planning, solidified in the 1970s with the Urban Growth Boundary, keeps the city from sprawling horizontally, as so many other growing urban areas do.
Not Weird, just Idiosyncratic
Independent, entrepreneurial and creative thinkers with peculiar, challenging and compelling ideas have always had a voice in Portland. Craftsmanship is appreciated here, as is excellence in engineering and design.
Easy on Two Wheels or Two Feet
Portland consistently ranks in the top for its well-used bike-friendly streets, but it’s remarkably pedestrian-friendly too. You’ll find the city blocks are relatively small and quickly traversed from corner to corner.
Let’s Talk About the Weather
The fact is, a few months of mist are what keep things green and gorgeous year-round. Another fact: Summers in Portland are glorious.
Better Cost of Living
You’ll find that the Silicon Forest leaves more green in your pocket than either Silicon Valley or Seattle.
- 3 professional sports, 5 hometown teams: Trail Blazers, Timbers, Thorns FC, Winterhawks, Pickles
- 20 schools with a GreatSchools.org rating of 10
- #2 most well-read city in America
- In the top 10 U.S. metro areas with the highest density of restaurants
- 22 farmers markets inside the city, with many more on the outskirts
- Eminently accessible public transportation