Moving from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR

Moving from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon

Known as the “City of Roses,” Portland is a delightful and exquisite city located in the Pacific Northwest United States! Portland is home to over 580,000 diverse residents, making it the largest city in Oregon and the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Portland has been designated as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the whole country because of its efficient land-use planning as well as the city’s focus on extensive public transportation! If you’re moving from Seattle to Portland, you’ll be on your way to an exciting new change!

Getting from Seattle to Portland and more about Portland:

Fortunately, if you’re moving from Seattle to Portland, getting to your new home will be very simple! Portland is just over 170 miles from Seattle which, if you decide to drive yourself, will take about three hours to cover. Along the way, you’ll be passing through the lovely landscapes of southwestern Washington making for a pleasant trip!

Portland’s Climate

Of course, because Seattle and Portland are so close, they have very similar climates with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Like Seattle, Portland’s average winter low temperatures are in the mid-30s, but average summer high temperatures reach into the low 80s, making Portland’s summers slightly warmer than Seattle’s. Portland also receives a similar amount of precipitation as Seattle with an average of 36 inches each year; however, Portland receives a few more inches of snow than Seattle with an average of 7.8 inches annually. Although there are a few differences, you won’t have to worry about getting used to a new climate when moving from Seattle to Portland!

Public Transportation in Portland

Because Portland’s public transportation is so extensive, you won’t even need a personal vehicle when moving from Seattle to Portland to get around! Travel + Leisure magazine even named Portland the #1 most pedestrian and transit friendly city in the U.S. in 2012! TriMet operates most of Portland’s public transportation, which includes extensive bus routes, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail system, which travels between Portland and its suburbs, and the Westside Express Service (WES) commuter rail which connects the city to its western suburbs! Additionally, the Portland Streetcar travels throughout downtown and to nearby areas running from northwest Portland to the South Waterfront!

Portland’s Colleges and Universities

If you’re moving from Seattle to Portland for school, or if you’re looking for higher education for your children, you’ll find many options in Portland! The largest university in not only Portland, but the whole state of Oregon is Portland State University. PSU is a public urban research university with an average enrollment of over 29,000 students each year. PSU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide variety of fields and doctoral degrees in seventeen fields! Other options for higher education in Portland include Oregon Health & Science University, which provides dentistry, medicine and nursing programs; the University of Portland, a private Roman Catholic university; and Portland Community College, which offers associate’s degrees in several fields!

Fun Things to Do in Portland

No matter what you love to do, you’re sure to find it when moving from Seattle to Portland! If you enjoy sports, be sure to check out the Rose Garden, where the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA play or catch a game from the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer or the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League! There are also many great museums in the city including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft and more! Finally, if you’d like to visit some fun, family friendly places, visit Washington Park which includes the Oregon Zoo, the World Forestry Center, the Hoyt Arboretum and the Portland Japanese Garden!

Welcome to the “City of Roses”! You’re going to love moving from Seattle to Portland!

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