2010: 583,776, #29 in U.S., #1 in Oregon

1950: 373,628, #29 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,226,009, #23 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 704,829, #20 in U.S.


Portland was founded in 1843 on the Willamette River near where it enters the Columbia River. Today, McCall Waterfront Park is along the river, and there are river cruises on the Willamette and Columbia. Portland State University is just south of downtown.


Tallest building: Wells Fargo Center, 546 feet (1972)

List of tallest buildings


Downtown Portland has a Nordstrom store. The Macy's in the former Meier and Frank department store building closed in 2017.


Amtrak's Coast Starlight goes north to Seattle and south to Los Angeles. The Cascades trains provide additional service north to Seattle and south to Eugene. The Empire Builder goes east to Minneapolis and Chicago. All trains use Union Station (1896).

Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) is a light rail system with five lines. It began operation in 1986 and is mostly aboveground. MAX serves Portland International Airport. The smaller Portland Streetcar (2001) covers about four miles in the area near downtown. The Westside Express Service (2009) is a commuter line between the suburbs of Beaverton and Wilsonville. It does not serve downtown Portland.


Portland and Willamette River


The Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society are in the downtown area.


The Pioneer Place Stadium 6 and the Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10 are first-run theaters in downtown Portland. The Living Room Theaters and Cinema 21 show independent films.

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the former Paramount Theater (1928), is a restored movie palace that now hosts the Oregon Symphony. Keller Auditorium (1917) hosts the Portland Opera and touring Broadway shows.


Providence Park (the former Civic Stadium, 1926) hosts sporting events. The NBA Portland Trailblazers play at the Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden Arena, 1995), just north of downtown.

Map of Downtown Portland

Travel Portland

Portland Architecture