Portland: Vital Stats

City population... Metro area population... Average private industry wage...

City population: 568,380

Metro area population: 2,337,565

This story first appeared in the May 8, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Average private industry wage: $42,255

Sales tax: None

Average days of rain a year: 155

Unemployment rate: Portland metropolitan area, 5.6 percent; state, 6.3 percent

Miles to the Pacific Ocean: 78

Miles to nearest glacier: 65 (Mt. Hood)

Acres of parks in metro area: 37,000 (including 5,000-acre Forest Park)

– Portland is home to 28 breweries, the most of any U.S. city.

– Of all the commodities shipped into the U.S. through the port of Portland in containers, the volume of footwear ranks first, tires are second, furniture is third and apparel is fourth.

– Portland has the largest independent bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books, stocking over one million new and used books.

Sources: U.S. Census; Oregon Employment Department Census; Port of Portland; Oregon Employment Department

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