Portland is Oregon’s largest city, named after Portland, Maine, has a metro area population of 2,510,696 people. The current median household income for Portland is $83,943. Portland sits at the intersection of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, which flow out to the nearby Pacific Ocean – making it a busy port city, having lots of bridges criss-crossing the rivers and harbors. The mild climate in Portland and the surrounding area make it ideal for growing roses, which are abundant in and around the city, giving it the nickname, “City of Roses.” Portland is a progressive city that many locals prefer to frame as “weird.” However, since the 1990s Portland has become more metropolitan, owing to rapid growth, and it is increasingly popular with outdoorsy people who enjoy cycling, kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. Portland hosts hundreds of bicycling events each year, outdoors and at the Alpenrose Velodrome. The greater Portland metro area is home and host to several large employers, including Nike, Columbia Sportswear, StanCorp Financial Group, Precision Castparts Corp., ESCO Corp., Umpqua Holdings, KinderCare Learning Centers, Fred Meyer Stores, Storables, Tektronix, Wieden + Kennedy, Cambia Health Systems, Ninkasi Brewing and many others!