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The Portland metropolitan area or Greater Portland is a metropolitan area in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington centered on the principal city of Portland, Oregon. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget identifies it as the Portland–Vancouver–Hillsboro, OR–WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area used by the United States Census Bureau (USCB) and other entities. The OMB defines the area as comprising Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington.[1] The area's population is estimated at 2,453,168 in 2017. The Oregon portion of the metropolitan area is the state's largest urban center, while the Washington portion of the metropolitan area is the state's third largest urban center after Seattle (the Seattle Urban Area includes Tacoma and Everett[2]) and Spokane.[3] Portions of this are under the jurisdiction of Metro,[4] a directly elected regional government which, among other things, is responsible for land-use planning in the region.


1 Metropolitan statistical area 2 Cities and other communities 3 Transportation 4 Sports 5 References 6 External links

Metropolitan statistical area[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1860 16,751

1870 30,763


1880 57,831


1890 130,455


1900 172,056


1910 330,581


1920 409,023


1930 500,011


1940 553,215


1950 766,008


1960 881,961


1970 1,083,977


1980 1,341,491


1990 1,523,741


2000 1,927,881


2010 2,226,009


Est. 2017 2,453,168


U.S. Decennial Census [1]

As of the 2010 census, there were 2,226,009 people, 867,794 households, and 551,008 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA were as followed:[5][6]

White: 81.0% (Non-Hispanic White 76.3%) Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 10.9% (8.5% Mexican, 0.4% Spanish or Spaniard, 0.3% Guatemalan, 0.3% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Cuban, 0.2% Salvadoran, 0.1% Peruvian) Asian: 5.7% (1.2% Chinese, 1.2% Vietnamese, 0.7% Indian, 0.6% Filipino, 0.6% Korean, 0.4% Japanese) Black or African American: 2.9% American Indian and Alaskan Native: 0.9% Pacific Islander: 0.5% (0.1% Native Hawaiian, 0.1% Guamanian or Chamorro, 0.1% Samoan) Two or more races: 4.1% Some other race: 4.9%

In 2010 the median income for a household in the MSA was $53,078 and the median income for a family was $64,290. The per capita income was $27,451.[7] The Portland–Vancouver–Hillsboro Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the 23rd largest in the United States,[8][9] has a population of 2,226,009 (2010 Census). Of them, 1,789,580 live in Oregon (46.7% of the state's population) while the remaining 436,429 live in Washington (6.7% of state's population). It consists of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Yamhill counties in Oregon, as well as Clark and Skamania counties in Washington. The area includes Portland and the neighboring cities of Vancouver, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Tualatin, Tigard, West Linn, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. The Portland–Vancouver–Salem, OR–WA Combined Statistical Area (CSA) 2015 population estimate is 3,110,906, ranked 18th largest in the United States (2,921,408 based on the 2010 Census). This area includes the Portland–Vancouver–Hillsboro, OR–WA Metropolitan Statistical Area; Salem, OR Metropolitan Statistical Area, and other surrounding areas.[10] Changes in house prices for the metro area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of S&P's 20-city composite index of the value of the U.S. residential real estate market.

County 2017 Estimate 2010 Census Change Area Density

Clackamas County, Oregon 412,672 375,992 7000975552671333430♠+9.76% 1,870.32 sq mi (4,844.1 km2) 221/sq mi (85/km2)

Columbia County, Oregon 51,782 49,351 7000492593868411990♠+4.93% 657.36 sq mi (1,702.6 km2) 79/sq mi (30/km2)

Multnomah County, Oregon 807,555 735,334 7000982152328057729♠+9.82% 431.30 sq mi (1,117.1 km2) 1,872/sq mi (723/km2)

Washington County, Oregon 588,957 529,710 7001111847992297670♠+11.18% 724.23 sq mi (1,875.7 km2) 813/sq mi (314/km2)

Yamhill County, Oregon 105,722 99,193 7000658211768975630♠+6.58% 715.86 sq mi (1,854.1 km2) 148/sq mi (57/km2)

Clark County, Washington 474,643 425,363 7001115853988240630♠+11.59% 629.00 sq mi (1,629.1 km2) 755/sq mi (291/km2)

Skamania County, Washington 11,837 11,066 7000696728718597510♠+6.97% 1,655.68 sq mi (4,288.2 km2) 7/sq mi (3/km2)

Total 2,453,168 2,226,009 7001102047655692320♠+10.20% 6,683.75 sq mi (17,310.8 km2) 367/sq mi (142/km2)

Cities and other communities[edit] Major cities in the region in addition to Portland include Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro in Oregon, and Vancouver in Washington. The area also includes the smaller cities of Corbett, Cornelius, Damascus, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley, King City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sherwood, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, Wood Village in Oregon, as well as Battle Ground, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, La Center and Yacolt in Washington. It includes the unincorporated suburban communities in Oregon of Aloha, Beavercreek, Cedar Mill, Clackamas, Dunthorpe, Garden Home, Raleigh Hills, and West Slope, as well as Hazel Dell, Minnehaha, Salmon Creek, Walnut Grove and Orchards in Washington.


Portland Vancouver Hillsboro Gresham Beaverton


Amity Battle Ground Banks Barlow Camas Canby Carlton Clatskanie Columbia City Cornelius Dayton Dundee Durham Estacada Fairview Forest Grove Gaston Gladstone Happy Valley Johnson City King City La Center Lafayette Lake Oswego Maywood Park McMinnville Milwaukie Molalla Newberg North Bonneville North Plains Oregon City Prescott Rainier Ridgefield Rivergrove St. Helens Sandy Scappoose Sheridan Sherwood Stevenson Tigard Troutdale Tualatin Vernonia Washougal West Linn Willamina Wilsonville Wood Village Woodland Yacolt Yamhill

Transportation[edit] Portland is where Interstate 84 ends at Interstate 5, both major highways in the Pacific Northwest. Other primary roads include Interstate 205, an eastern bypass of the urban core, U.S. Route 26, which heads west and southeast, U.S. Route 30, which follows the Oregon side of the Columbia River northwest and east, mirrored by Washington State Route 14 east from Vancouver, and Oregon Route 217, which connects US 26 with I-5 in the south, travelling through Beaverton. Both US 26 and US 30 go to the Oregon Coast. SR 500 runs from Interstate 5 to SR 503. Padden Parkway runs from NE 78th St and east to NE 162nd Ave. Transit service on the Oregon side is generally provided by TriMet. In addition, Sandy Area Metro serves Sandy, South Clackamas Transportation District serves nearby Molalla, Canby Area Transit serves Canby and South Metro Area Regional Transit serves Wilsonville. Service in Clark County is provided by C-Tran. In Columbia County, the Columbia County Rider provides transit service on weekdays connecting St. Helens with downtown Portland and connecting Scappoose and St. Helens with certain points in urban Washington County, including the PCC Rock Creek campus, Tanasbourne and the Willow Creek MAX light rail station.[11] Sports[edit] The Portland MSA is home to a number of professional and semi-professional sports teams, including the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. Other teams include the Portland Pickles and the Hillsboro Hops. Portland is also home to two NCAA Division 1 universities, the Portland State Vikings and the Portland Pilots. The Portland MSA also hosts a number of amateur sports, including college and high school sports. The high school rugby championships are held annually in the Portland MSA, and draw crowds of 8,000 to 10,000 supporters.[12] References[edit]

^ "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. November 20, 2007. p. 45. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.  ^ "2010 Census Urban Area Reference Maps". USCB, Geography Division. Retrieved March 20, 2015.  ^ "A national, state-sorted list of all 2010 urbanized areas and urban clusters for the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Island Areas first sorted by state FIPS code, then sorted by UACE code". USCB, Geography Division. Retrieved March 20, 2015.  ^ "Jurisdictional Boundaries". Metro. Retrieved 2011-08-01.  ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". factfinder2.census.gov. US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012.  ^ "Hispanic or Latino by Type: 2010". factfinder2.census.gov. US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012.  ^ US Census Bureau. Factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved on 2013-10-05. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2016.  ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.  ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 - United States -- Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico". USCB, Population Division. March 2016. Archived from the original on August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2016. ^ "Schedules & Routes". Columbia County Rider. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-06-12.  ^ USA Rugby, High school state championships gain rugby exposure, June 4, 2013

External links[edit]

Metro government website Portland MSA 2010 Census numbers from the Population Resource Center pdx.edu/media/p/r/PRC_2007_Population_Report2_rev.pdf of key urban planning documents on the Portland Metropolitan area, at Portland State University

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Mass transit in the Portland metropolitan area


Local bus


list of transit centers

C-Tran Canby Area Transit Mount Hood Express Sandy Area Metro South Clackamas Transportation District South Metro Area Regional Transit

Bus rapid transit

The Vine


MAX light rail

list of stations

     Blue Line      Green Line      Orange Line      Red Line      Yellow Line

Portland Streetcar

A Loop B Loop NS Line

Heavy rail

WES Commuter Rail

Heritage rail

Portland Railway, Light and Power Co. Vintage Trolley Willamette Shore Trolley


Biketown (bike share) Fareless Square Hop Fastpass I-205 Transitway Metro Portland Aerial Tram Portland Transit Mall Tilikum Crossing (transit bridge) Transportation in Portland, Oregon Union Station

Italics denote lines or services which are planned, under construction, or otherwise not operating at the present time.

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Jacksonville, FL Memphis, TN Oklahoma City, OK Louisville, KY Richmond, VA New Orleans, LA Hartford, CT Raleigh, NC Birmingham, AL Buffalo, NY Salt Lake City, UT Rochester, NY Grand Rapids, MI Tucson, AZ Honolulu, HI Tulsa, OK Fresno, CA Bridgeport, CT Worcester, MA Albuquerque, NM

Omaha, NE Albany, NY New Haven, CT Bakersfield, CA Knoxville, TN Greenville, SC Oxnard, CA El Paso, TX Allentown, PA Baton Rouge, LA McAllen, TX Dayton, OH Columbia, SC Greensboro, NC Sarasota, FL Little Rock, AR Stockton, CA Akron, OH Charleston, SC Colorado Springs, CO

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United States Census Bureau population estimates for July 1, 2012

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