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With a vast network of bus, streetcar, and light-rail lines, Portland's Tri-County Metropolitan (TriMet) system regularly ranks among the country's best ranked public transportation networks. Furthermore, Portland is also known as one of the best towns for bicyclists as the city has prioritized projects making it easier to pedal rather than drive.
What you heard is true - it does rain a lot in Portland with the heaviest precipitation between November through March. However, the biggest difference you'll find in Portland rain is that it's often more of a dreary misting as opposed to torrential downpours. This consistent moisture is what helps the temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest thrive. Snow does fall in the city on occasion, but typically only in short spells.
The biggest employers in the Portland metro area (including areas like Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Clackamas county) are Intel, Providence Health & Services, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Other notable companies include Nike, Adidas America, Daimler Trucks North America, Columbia Sportwear, and Xerox.
High-rise towers, brick laid sidewalks, and premier dining and entertainment is what you'll find in Downtown Portland. Located on the west bank of the Willamette river, Downtown Portland offers residents pristine views of the river, Mount Hood, and the West Hills. With a walk score of 95, downtown residents can forget about morning traffic and simply walk, bike, or take public transit.
Just north of downtown, across Burnside street, is the beautiful revitalized Pearl District. Originally built as an industrial and warehouse hub in the late 1800's, redevelopment efforts began in the 80's and 90's - resulting with dozens of art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, condos, and rentals. Named for Pearl Amhara, an early patroness of artists in the area, the Pearl District lives up to the metaphor of a beautiful gem born from a place of pressure and industry.
One of the few neighborhoods of Portland than fall into Washington County on the west side of the city, Raleigh Hills lies southwest of Downtown Portland and borders both Beaverton and Tigard. What was once sprawling farmland and private retreats like The Frank Estate, now resides an abundance of single family homes and apartment communities.
As one of the most popular neighborhoods in Portland, the Northwest streets of 23rd avenue and the Alphabet District are always buzzing with life and energy. Nestled against the Northwest hills to the west, the Northwest area features beautifully maintained residences that rival the painted ladies of San Francisco. Serviced by the Portland Streetcar, navigating from Northwest Portland into downtown and beyond quick and easy - making this a popular area for young professionals.
If you love what you saw on Portlandia, North Portland may be the place for you. With dozens of unique neighborhoods like Mississippi (though technically North Portland), Alberta, Irvington, and Hollywood, Northeast Portland is a beautiful patchwork of narrow streets, historic homes, boutique stores, and coffee shops. Eclectic and unique are the name of the game here, so keep an open mind and watch out for cyclists.
Not wanting to let Northeast Portland to have all the Glory, Southeast offers a rival quality of excitement and attitude. With four bridge crossings directly into downtown, many young professionals choose Southeast for it's easy accessibility and vibrant nightlife. Though sprawling, it features compact sub neighborhoods each with their own unique personality - such as Mount Tabor, a 636 foot tall park easily visible from nearly anywhere in East Portland.