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A little about Portland:

Home to a large number of independent micro-breweries, micro-distilleries and food carts that contribute to its unofficial slogan "Keep Portland Weird," Portland, Oregon is located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Portland is located 70 miles east of the Pacific Ocean at the northern end of Oregon's most populated region, the Willamette Valley. Downtown Portland straddles the banks of the Willamette River which flows north through the city center, separating the east and west sections of the city before veering northwest to join with the Columbia River less than 10 miles from downtown.

The Columbia River serves as the natural boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon and consequently divides the city of Portland from Washington's most populated suburb Vancouver. Portland is situated near the foothills of the Tualatin Mountains, also called the West Hills and the Southwest Hills, which pierce through the Northwest and Southwest regions of the city. Council Crest Park, the tallest point within city limits, is located in the West Hills and rises to an elevation of 1,073 feet. To the west of the Tualatin Mountains lies the Oregon Coast Range, and to the east lies the actively volcanic Cascade Range. On clear days Mt. Hood and Mt St. Helens dominate the horizon while Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier also are sometimes visible in the distance.

Portland is the 28th most populous city in the United States. Portland is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest region, after Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 2,992,924 people live in the Portland Metropolitan Area (MSA), the 19th most populous MSA in the United States.

Brief History

Portland was incorporated in 1851 near the end of the Oregon Trail and is the county seat of Multnomah County. The city has a commission-based government headed by a mayor and four other commissioners as well as Metro, a distinctive regional government. The city is noted for its superior land-use planning and its investment in light rail. Because of its public transportation networks and efficient land-use planning, Portland has been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly, or "green", cities in the world.

Portland's advantage over other nearby ports was its access to the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and its access to the agricultural basin, the Tualatin Valley. The city remained a major port in the Pacific Northwest until the 1890s when Seattle's deep water harbor was connected to the rest of the mainland by rail, affording an inland route without the treacherous navigation of the Columbia River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 145.09 square miles (375.78 km2), of which, 133.43 square miles (345.58 km2) is land and 11.66 square miles (30.20 km2) is water. Although almost all of Portland lies within Multnomah County, small portions of the city lie within Clackamas and Washington counties.


Portland has an interesting climate. As with much of the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades, Portland experiences a temperate oceanic climate typified by warm, dry summers and mild, damp winters; the city proper straddles the border between USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8B and 9A. According to the Köppen climate classification, Portland falls within the cool, dry-summer mild temperate zone (Csb), also referred to as cool-summer Mediterranean, because of its relatively dry summers. Other climate classification systems, such as Trewartha, place it firmly in the Oceanic zone (Do).

Summers in Portland are warm to hot, dry and relatively sunny with moderately low humidity. The four months of June, July, August and September account for only 4.47 inches (114 mm) of total rain combined – a small fraction of the 36.03 inches (915 mm) inches of precipitation that falls throughout the year. The warmest month is August with a daily average temperature of 69.5 °F (20.8 °C); normal temperatures peak in late July and early August. Because of its inland location 70 miles from the coast, as well as the protective nature of the Oregon Coast Range to its west, Portland summers are less susceptible to the moderating influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Therefore Portland can experience heat waves, particularly in July and August, with air temperatures rising over 90 °F (32 °C) for days at a time. Temperatures reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C) 14 days per year and reach or exceed 100 °F (38 °C) 1.4 days per year on average. Portland has reached triple digit temperatures in all five months from May through September. The highest temperature ever recorded was 107 °F (42 °C),[43] on July 30, 1965, as well as August 8 and 10, 1981.

Spring and fall can bring rather unpredictable weather including warm spells that send temperatures surging above 80 °F (27 °C), cold snaps plunge the daytime temperatures into the 40s °F (4 °C), thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range and, although rare, occasional tornadoes. However, mild temperatures in the 50s and 60s °F (10−21 °C) and overcast skies are the norm – with rainy or partly overcast days becoming frequent in mid fall and continuing into mid spring. Portland receives less annual rainfall than most cities on the East Coast, however rain often falls as a light drizzle for several consecutive days at a time, contributing to the high number (155) of days with measurable (≥0.01 in or 0.25 mm) precipitation annually. Temperatures have reached the 90 °F (32 °C) mark as early as April and as late as October.

Winters in Portland are long and chilly, overcast and wet with normal temperatures bottoming out in the second half of December and early January; the coolest month is December, with a daily average of 40.4 °F (4.7 °C).

While Portland is at the same latitude as Montreal, Quebec, it is about 25 °F (14 °C) warmer on average in winter because of the direction of the Jet Stream and the fact Western Canada's mountains shield it from Arctic blasts. Approximately 55% of Portland's annual precipitation falls between November and February. Nighttime temperatures drop below freezing 33 nights per year on average, and occasionally to or below 20 °F (−7 °C) – however, there are only 2.1 days where the high fails to rise above freezing per year.

Snowfall is variable; many winters get none or only a trace and others get a considerable amount. The winters of 1968–69 and 2008–09 got 34" and 24.2" respectively; comparable to a typical winter in New York City. Snowfall in downtown Portland is uncommon and does not happen every winter – due in part to downtown's low elevation as well as the effects of its urban heat island. Neighborhoods outside the downtown core, especially in slightly higher elevations near the West Hills and Mount Tabor, will frequently experience a dusting of snow while downtown receives no snow at all. The city has experienced a few major snow and ice storms in its past with snowfall totals occasionally reaching several feet (snowfall of 60.9 inches or 154.7 centimeters fell in the winter of 1892–93). The lowest temperature ever recorded in Portland was −3 °F (−19 °C), on February 2, 1950.

This climate is ideal for growing roses. For more than a century, Portland has been known as the "City of Roses", with many rose gardens – most prominently the International Rose Test Garden. The city is also known for its abundant outdoor activities, liberal political values, and beer and coffee enthusiasm.


Portland is home to two major league teams: the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. The Timbers have been in MLS since 2011, playing at Jeld-Wen Field, where they average over 20,000 fans and routinely sell out matches. The city is also home to a number of minor league teams.

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If you are considering a move to or from Portland, you’ll more than likely need to ship one or more of your autos. We’ll provide you with a "No Cost" estimate. When you are ready to ship, we will provide you with up to ten free quotes from ten different auto shipping companies. In fact, you can fill out one convenient form right here on our website and we’ll get you the quotes you need when you decide to ship your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or even your RV. SMB Auto Transport is here to make your transition a little smoother.

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