By: Carlie Matthews
Crossroads@Meade - Computer Science Class
Portland is Oregon's largest city, with a metropolitan area population of about 2 million. It is located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, in what, if you're a lover of the outdoors, could be said to be the best of all worlds. The Pacific Ocean is 1.5+ hours to the west; Mt Hood, with skiing into June, about 1 hour to the east. Hood River, one of the world's wind-surfing capitols, is 45 miles up the scenic Columbia River gorge. The high desert of central Oregon, with seemingly limitless outdoor recreational opportunities, is less than a 3 hour drive from the city. For years, Portland residents often felt the city was seen as the ugly step-sister of the Pacific Northwest's largest metro area, Seattle, WA. In the last few decades, Portland has gone through a process of self-realization, claiming its own identity, and charting its own path.
City facts - PORTLAND (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland,_Oregon)
Year Founded: Feb 8 1851
Area:145.1 sq miles
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00)
Mayors Name: Charlie Hales