The City of Portland is a full service city that is home to over 560,000 residents within 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon. Located astride the Willamette River at its confluence with the Columbia River, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance, and services for a metropolitan area of more than two million people. Portland is the largest city in Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County, and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.
The City of Portland was incorporated in 1851 and, in 1913, a modified commission form of government was created under which Portland still operates today, rare in cities as large as Portland. Five nonpartisan Council members, called Commissioners, including the Mayor are elected at-large to four-year terms. These elected positions are fulltime and salaried. The Mayor and Commissioners act as legislators and administrators who are responsible for enacting and enforcing City laws and administering bureaus under their supervision. The Mayor decides which bureaus the Commissioners will manage. The City of Portland employs over 5,900 employees and has a budget of about $2.75 billion.
Clackamas County, in north central Oregon, is one of the counties that make up the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. It is bounded by Multnomah County to the north, Wasco County to the east, Marion County to the south, and Yamhill and Washington Counties to the west. The county encompasses 1,879 square miles (4,866.6 square kilometers).
The County is governed by a five-member commission that appoints a county administrator. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms. Other county elected officials include a district attorney, assessor, clerk, sheriff and treasurer. The county encompasses all or part of 15 cities and four county urban renewal districts (Clackamas Industrial Area, Clackamas Town Center, Government Camp and the North Clackamas Revitalization Area).
Metro People places. Open spaces.
Clean air and clean water do not stop at city limits or county lines. Neither does the need for jobs, a thriving economy and good transportation choices for people and businesses in our region. Voters have asked Metro to help with the challenges that cross those lines and affect the 25 cities and three counties in the Portland metropolitan area.
A regional approach simply makes sense when it comes to protecting open space, caring for parks, planning for the best use of land, managing garbage disposal and increasing recycling. Metro oversees world-class facilities such as the Oregon Zoo, which contributes to conservation and education, and the Oregon Convention Center, which benefits the region’s economy.
Multnomah County is Oregon's smallest and most populous county with over 710,000 residents. Multnomah County is governed by a Board of four elected Commissioners and one Chair. More than 4,500 Multnomah County employees provide citizens a wide range of health and human services, public safety services and other government services.
NextBus is putting public transit on the information highway. We provide accurate real-time arrival information -- not schedules -- at the stop and on the Internet. With NextBus, you KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is an urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With approximately 46,000 students in more than 85 schools, it is the largest school district in the Pacific Northwest.
PPS students participate in diverse programs and learning opportunities that are supported by teachers, families, community members, nonprofit organizations, local businesses and higher education institutions, including Portland State University, Portland Community College, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Oregon.
The Oregon Spatial Data Library provides public access to reliable and up-to-date spatial data. The Oregon Spatial Data Library is a joint effort between the Department of Administrative Services Geospatial Enterprise Office and Oregon State University.
Currently, more than 200 spatial datasets are accessible from the Oregon Spatial Data Library, including all of the statewide “framework” data available for Oregon. These datasets serve as “base data” for a variety of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications that support research, business and public services. Framework datasets include administrative boundaries, transportation, land use and ownership, water, hazards, and wetlands.
TriMet provides public transportation in the Portland metro area, including Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Its comprehensive transit network includes 81 bus lines, the 52-mile MAX Light Rail system, the 14.7-mile WES Commuter Rail service, and LIFT paratransit service. MAX and buses combined eliminate 210,400 daily car trips, or 66 million trips in our region each year, and TriMet service eliminates about 4.2 tons of smog-producing pollutants every day.
Washington County, Oregon - located minutes away from downtown Portland - spans 727 square miles and is home to world-class golf courses, award-winning wineries, scenic parks, wetlands and wildlife preserves, and a variety of restaurants and shops. Family activities are abundant, from sports, educational, and annual events and festivals.