Working in Portland
Filled with gardens and museums, bookstores, and coffee houses, Portland is the perfect place for a quiet (sometimes rainy) day in the city. But if you’re looking for culture, excitement, and adventure—with a quirky and welcoming charm—that’s here, too. Lovers of culture, the outdoors, and great food and entertainment will find in Portland a dream city come true.
Portland is the epicenter of sustainability. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about green building (Portland currently has more LEED buildings per capita than any other U.S. city), renewable energy, local food and sustainable agriculture, or sustainable anything else. Portland is totally obsessed with sustainability.
Want further proof of Portland’s sustainable pursuits? The city has a higher percentage of bicycle, transit, and carpool commuters than any other city in the U.S. In Portland, lowering your carbon footprint means lowering vehicle traffic, so you’ll most likely get around by walking or riding a bike, bus, light rail or streetcar.
Picking a neighborhood
From urban hip and urban forests to arts cooperatives and family-friendly communities, you’ll find the perfect place to feel right at home.
The great outdoors
For rock climbers, there are bouldering gyms all over town to prepare you to pull down some real rock. For skiers and snowboarders, there’s majestic Mt. Hood. For hikers, there are thousands of trails in the Cascades, the coastal range, and even closer to town in the Columbia River Gorge. Whether you come by kayak, surfboard, or hang glider, if you love to be outside, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Portland area.
Use your imagination and then get ready to play. Portland offers unexpected delights at every turn, a welcoming vibe, and something for everyone. From sketch comedy and karaoke to dance clubs and live music venues, Portland’s fun factor is high. Did we mention glow-in-the-dark mini-golf?
Portland boasts more craft breweries than any other city in America. The Willamette Valley produces the best pinot noir outside of France. With a serious coffee culture, Portland has the coffee shop (or stand) for every predilection. Prefer tea? Sought-after tea makers Tazo, Stash, and Smith were all born in Portland. And if you’re in the mood for something simple, Portland city water actually tastes good.
Seriously, did somebody say food carts? With more than 600 in the city, you can experience incredible food—from simple to nationally recognized—without ever stepping foot inside a restaurant. But step inside a restaurant you shall, because there is a restaurant renaissance happening here. Portland chefs bring a whole new meaning to fresh, with many dishes coming straight from the farm. Locally grown, locally sourced, and delicious is the common thread. From food carts to fancy dining, and everything in between, the tastes and quality available in Portland are palate-blowing.
And so much more…