Portland, Oregon serves as the county seat of Multnomah County. The current population of Portland is about 584,000 and the metropolitan area of Portland has roughly 2,260,000 inhabitants. Situated near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the city of Portland is the most densely inhabited in the state of Oregon. It is the 3rd largest city within the Pacific Northwest region of the US. Only Seattle and Washington have higher populations.
During the year 1851, Portland was officially incorporated as a city. Now the city of Portland is known as an environmentally friendly and "green" city. The city of Portland boasts a sophisticated public transportation network, including light rail transit. The commission-based government of the city is considered progressive for its efficient land use planning. Portland extends south towards Lake Oswego in the county of Clackamas and west to Washington County.
The city of Portland is a well-known rose growing center, enjoying a west coast marine climate. Portland has been called "The City of Roses" and is home to the International Rose Test Garden and numerous rose gardens. The climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and wet, mild winters. Portland is well-known for its beer scene, with many microdistilleries and microbreweries producing a variety of local beers with unique names. The city of Portland is also known for its coffee and energetic cafe scene.
Portland is a perfect place for industry. Portland enjoys transportation advantages: international air terminals, North-South and East-West Interstates, two west coast intercontinental railroads and marine shipping facilities. Additionally, energy is quite cheap here and resources are accessible. Mercer, the US consulting company ranked Portland 42nd in the globe in terms of quality of life. Mercer ranked Portland high in housing, public safety, recreation, the environment, education and sanitation, amongst other indicators.
Portland has had some success retaining companies within the city, like Wieden+Kennedy, an advertising business, and StanCorp Financial Group and Umpqua Holdings Corporation, two financial services firms. Other Portland businesses consist of PacifiCorp, Rentrak, Integra Telecom, NW natural, Portland General Electric and restaurant chains McCormick & Schmick's and McMenamins. Nevertheless, several companies have moved headquarters out of Portland, like Louisiana-Pacific, Willamette Industries, CH2M HILL, U.S. Bank, and Evraz North American.
The city of Portland is the home of the Timbers MLS and the Trail Blazers NBA teams.