City population: 568,380
Metro area population: 2,337,565
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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