Portland Information

Fun Facts

Florida averages more inches of rainfall than Oregon. The difference is a quick thunderstorm in Florida can dump inches, while it takes days to accumulate fine, misty rain in Portland. Summers are dry and beautiful. The rest of the year is wet and gray. Snowfall is rare in the city but easily accessible at nearby Mt. Hood.

Oregon is famous for its Pinot Noir wine and its many microbrews. Oregon is also home to the Hood to Coast Relay, the largest running relay in the world. A total of 1,000 teams made up of 12 runners each run the 197 miles from Mt Hood to Seaside, Oregon on the coast.

First Priorities

For the essentials, see the City of Portland’s website http://www.portlandonline.com/

Utility Information (water, electricity, gas, phone, cable, trash, recycling)

Portland General Electric
Pacific Power Company
Northwest Natural Gas
Dish Network

Voter Registration http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/votreg/vreg.htm

Important Phone Numbers (Police, Fire, Medical Emergency, Poison Control, Red Cross, Social Services)

Cell Phone Providers (Alltel, T Mobile, AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, Verizon)

T Mobile
Cricket Wireless

Parking and Transportation

Portland has a great public transportation system. The MAX light rail is convenient to downtown, the airport, and some outlying suburban areas. The bus system goes just about everywhere.  
Portland is also a bike-friendly city. 

Local Banks

Bank of America
US Bank
Wells Fargo
Umpqua Bank
Key Bank

Grocery Store Locations

Fred Meyer
Winco Foods
Whole Foods
New Seasons
Trader Joe’s


Legacy Healthcare
Providence Health Care
Oregon Health and Science University
Kaiser Permanente

Local Flavor

Traditional Local Festivities (Ex.: Music Festivals, Art Shows, Parades, Other citywide events)

Nearly every weekend of the summer there is some type of festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Summer and Winter Brewfest
Rose Festival
Waterfront Blues Festival (4th of July)
Saturday Market (Saturdays & Sundays) in Old Town
Summer Zoo Concerts at the Oregon Zoo

Local Culture

Portland Monthly magazine is a great resource. www.portlandmonthlymag.com
Malls - Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center, Bridgeport Village, Streets of Tanasbourne
Portland is also a bike-friendly city.  http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=34809



Nightlife (Ex.: clubs and bars)

Berbati’s Pan, Kell’s Irish Pub, Grand Central Bowl, Shanghai Tunnel’s, Huber’s, Matador, Crystal Ballroom, lots of brewpubs (Hopworks Urban Brewery, Bridgeport Brewery, Widmer Brothers Pub, Deschutes Brewery, Rogue Ales Pub, McTarnahan’s)

Landmarks (Ex.: food, museums, natural landmarks, parks)

  • Lots of great parks in Portland including, Washington Park, Laurelhurst Park, and Forest Park. Also, lots of great attractions nearby including, the Oregon coast, Mt. Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge, wine tasting in Willamette Valley, Mt. St. Helens, Ape Caves (lava caves)
  • VooDoo Doughnuts
  • Food Carts
  • Salmon Fishing, Crabbing, Clamming
Movie Theatres - Regal, Cinetopia, Laurelhurst Theater, Cinema 21, Regal Cinemas at Bridgeport, McMenamins Theaters - www.mcmenamins.com,  Regal at Fox Tower/Pioneer Place/Lloyd Center

Malls - Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center, Bridgeport Village, Streets of Tanasbourne

Gyms - 24 Hour Fitness, Multnomah Athletic Club, Riverplace Athletic Club, Giant’s Gym, Club Sport Oregon

Sports Teams

Hillsboro Hops Minor league baseball team
Portland Thorns Women's Soccer
Portland Timbers MLS soccer in the year 2011 (now is minor league soccer team)
Portland Trail Blazers NBA team
Portland Winter Hawks – minor league hockey team

Radio Stations 

"We play everything" -- Charlie FM 97.1 KYCH
Soul, rhythm, rap and blues -- 107.5 FM KXJM
Today's Best Music, The Buzz -- 105.1 FM KRSK
Classic Hard Rock, The Brew – 105.9 FM KFBW
"Portland's Hottest Music", Z100 -- 100.3 FM KKRZ
Bonnie Raitt, Sting and Dave Matthews, "True to the Music" -- 101.9 FM KINK
"Soft rock favorites", K103 -- 103.3 FM KKCW
Contemporary Christian Music, The Fish – 104.1 FM KFIS
Alternative Portland, “It’s different here” -- 94.7 FM KNRK
Country, The Wolf -- 99.5 FM KWJJ
Country – 98.7 FM KUPL
National Public Radio (NPR) – 91.5 FM KOPB


Libraries -  Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County Libraries

Newspapers -  Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Willamette Weekly

Religious Establishments - All major denominations are represented

Auto Maintenance Locations -  Les Schwab Tires

Department of Motor Vehicle Locations  www.oregon.gov

Airport - Portland International Airport (PDX)