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Cities in the Spotlight: Portland, Oregon

Portland has much to offer for those who like exploring a city.

Portland has much to offer for those who like exploring a city.

If you are looking to move to the Pacific Northwest, there are many cities to consider bringing your moving containers. One of your options may be Portland, one of the largest metros in the region. The city has much to offer, and could be a great destination for a single person or a family.

Portland has a population of nearly 594,000 people, which makes it the largest city in the state of Oregon. While traveling in the city, you may want to use the TriMet system, which offers bus service, light rail and commuter rail throughout much of the area.

The weather in Portland is relatively mild, as it doesn't get too hot or too cold. The average summer high temperature is 80 degrees, while the average winter low only drops to 36 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. The city typically has a large amount of rain in the winter, while the summer is relatively dry.

The city is home to multiple colleges and universities, which could make it a great destination for you to attend college, or help your children find a school. Portland State University is located in the city, as well as Lewis & Clark College, the University of Portland and Reed College.

If you are a sports fan, there are many choices to keep you occupied. The city is the home of the National Basketball Association's Trail Blazers, as well as Major League Soccer's Timbers. The Western Hockey League's Winterhawks play in the Rose Garden, while there are multiple NCAA Division I teams from Portland State and the University of Portland.

Plenty to do in Portland
Whether you are looking for a day trip option, or just want something to do for a few hours, there are many places that can help you. The Portland Saturday Market is one of the largest arts and crafts markets in the country, which could be a great place to check out on the weekend. The city is also home to the Oregon Zoo, which may be good for bringing your family.

Another venue that may be a good place to visit is the International Rose Test Garden, which is a city staple. The landmark is free and open every day, with the best times to see the roses are during the spring and summer.