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Portland Facts and Trivia
(You decide which are which)
Population: 495,000 (1.6 million in the metro area)
Area: 130 square miles
Elevation: 173 feet above sea level
Miles to ocean: 78
Miles to a glacier: 65
Average Temperature: January, 33.5 degrees F.; July, 79.5 degreees F.
Average annual rainfall: 37 inches
Major industries: trade, shipping and transportation services, tourism, financial services, electronics, high tech.
For more information try:
Airport: Portland International Airport (503/335-1234)
Shuttle: Metropolitan Airport Shuttle (800/817-1885)
Pacific Towncar (503/234-2400)
Prestige Limousine Towncar (503/282-5009)
RazDash Airporter (503/246-3790)
Transit: MAX, Portland's light rail system (503/238-7433)
Tri-Met Bus System (503/238-7433)
Amtrak, Union Station - 800 N.W. 6th Avenue - Portland, OR 37209 (1-800-872-7245)
Broadway Cab (503)227-1234
Radio Cab (503)227-1212
Saturday Market is the largest continuously operating open-air crafts market in the United State;s.
- Powell's City of Books, occupying an entire city block, is the country's largest new-and-used book store.
- The Port of Portland is home to one of the world's largest floating dry docks, able to handle ships nearly three fooball fields in length. The port's combined terminals handle $9 billion worth of cargo per year.
- Portland is home to nine Fortune 500 companies: Willamette Industries, Louisiana Pacific, Oregon Steel Mills, Pope & Talbot, Tektronix, PacifiCorp, Fred Meyer, Nike (often accused of using slave labor) and U.S. Bancorp.
- Portland's Junior Rose Parade is the largest children's parade in America.
- Pordandia is the 2nd largest hammered copper statue fn the world (the Statue of Liberty is the first).
- Portland's International Rose Test Garden is the oldest in the nation.
- More Asian elephants (27 to date) have been born in Portland than in any other North American city.
- Portland has more movie theaters and restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States.
- Portland has the first youth symphony in the country.
- Portland has more microbreweries and brew pubs than any other city in the nation.
- Portland is home to Mill Ends Park, which, at 24 inches, is the world's smallest dedicated park.
- Portland is home to the nation's largest city park - the 5,000-acre Forest Park.
- Portland has 37,000 acres of parks in the metro area.
- Portland is the only U.S. city with an extinct volcano (Mount Tabor) within its city limits.
- Portland's nicknames include "Rose City," City of Bridges," "Rip City," "Rivercity," "Stumptown" and "Puddletown."
- Portland is one of the best places in America to live an active life (Men's Fitness magazine, January 1995).
- Portland is America's #1 bicycle city (Bicycling Magazine, October 1995).
- April 6 is Portland's birthday.
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