Portland, Oregon


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Portland began as a settlement called either “Stumptown” or “the clearing”, due to the abundant lumber in the area.  The city was later incorporated as Portland on February 8th, 1851.

The story behind its current name involves three flips of a coin.  During the 1800s, two New Englanders, Asa Lovejoy, a lawyer from Boston, and Francis Pettygrove, from Portland, Maine disagreed about what to call a portion of land they both owned in what would become the state of Oregon.  Lovejoy’s choice would have been “Little Boston”, while Pettygrove, the winner of the eventual two-out-of-three coin toss, chose Portland.  The Oregon Historical Society Museum keep what is believed to be the actual copper coin used by Lovejoy and Pettygrove sitting in their museum’s front lobby.

Portland has a population of 583,776 according to the 2010 US Census.  It was estimated in 2013 that the city now has a population of 609,456.  2,314,554 people live within the Portland metropolitan area.

Portland hosts the world, North American, or U.S. headquarters of companies as diverse as Daimler Trucks, Vestas Wind Systems, Keen, Hi-Tec Sports, Adidas, and Li-Ning.  However, computer components manufacturer Intel is Portland’s largest employer, with a workforce of 15,000 people.  The metro area is also home to more than 1,200 technology companies, which has subsequently gained it the nickname ‘Silicon Forest’.

US consulting firm Mercer ranked Portland 42nd worldwide in quality of living in 2009.  In 2008, Popular Science gave Portland the title of ‘Greenest City in America’ and Grist magazine named it the second greenest city in the world in 2007.

Portland has often been known as the “City of Roses”, due to its Marine west coast climate, which is ideal for growing roses.  The most famous rose garden in the city is the International Rose Test Garden, which opened in 1917, making it the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States.  This garden contains over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties.

Portland is also noted for its vast number of microbreweries.  The city is home to more than 60 of them – more than any other city in the world, according to Entrepreneur.  Portland is also known for its bustling art scene, headquartering two independent, small graphic novel publishers, Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press.  Laika, a stop motion animation studio that created two Oscar-nominated feature films, Coraline (2009) and Paranorman (2012), also calls Portland its home.  The city has hosted the world’s longest-running HP Lovecraft Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre, which was founded in 1995.

As for sports, Portland has two soccer teams that play in Providence Park, NWSL’s Portland Thorns, champions of their league in 2013, and MLS’ Portland Timbers, with no titles to their name.  In the Moda Center, Arena Football League’s Portland Thunder, NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers (winners of one championship), and Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks (winners of two championships), play their home games.

Own a small business in the Portland metropolitan area?  Are you thinking about starting one?  Check out these helpful resources:

Apply for a Business License in Portland

Business in Portland

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce

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14330 Se Main Street
Portland, OR 97233

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