Things You May Not Know About Portland! Make sure to watch the video before moving to Portland Oregon.

Beyond the popular attractions and well-known facts, Portland holds a treasure trove of lesser-known secrets. Get ready to uncover some intriguing facts about the city that might surprise you!

1. Portland drivers are polite

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Overall, Portland drivers are pretty nice compared to other city drivers. They don’t honk when you’re slow to go on the green light, and they let you in when you put your signal lights on. While individual driving experiences can vary, there are a few reasons why Portland drivers are often perceived as polite: pedestrian and cyclist awareness, yielding and merging smoothly, courteous interactions, and patience in traffic.

What do you think?

2. Portland is one hour’s drive away from a mountain and the ocean

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One thing to love about Portland is that it’s about one hour’s drive to the mountain, to the beach, or to the wineries. Here are some destinations you might want to check out when travelling to Portland:

The most well-known mountain in Portland is Mount Hood. Mount Hood’s majestic beauty, diverse recreational opportunities, year-round skiing, natural wonders, and cultural significance make it an ideal destination for exploration. Whether you seek outdoor adventures, breathtaking views, or a serene mountain retreat, Mount Hood offers an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts, hikers, climbers, skiers, and anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest.

Cannon Beach offers a harmonious combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, coastal charm, and artistic inspiration. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a chance to connect with nature, Cannon Beach provides a picturesque and captivating destination to explore and enjoy.

The region surrounding Portland, Oregon, is known for its thriving wine industry, and there are several wineries near the city that offer delightful experiences for wine enthusiasts. Here’s an overview of wineries near Portland: Willamette Valley is renowned for its world-class Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varietals. Dundee Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) is particularly known for producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Another notable wine region within the Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton AVA is known for its diverse soils and distinct wine profiles. While technically outside of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge offers a unique wine-tasting experience in a stunning natural setting. Located southwest of Portland, the Chehalem Mountains AVA is known for its diverse soils and ideal grape-growing conditions.

Where would you go?

3. Gas station attendants fill your tank

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Oregon is one of two states where it’s required that gas station attendants fill your tank. This law requiring full-service gas stations has been in effect since 1951, with the intention of providing employment opportunities and increasing safety at gas stations. They’re talking about changing the law so Portland residents don’t have to use gas station attendants anymore.

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4. Portland is not that buggy

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One reason to love Portland’s summers — no bugs! There are some mosquitos, though. Portland’s mild climate plays a significant role in the reduced bug population. The region experiences relatively cool and wet winters, which can be less conducive to the survival and proliferation of many insect species. Additionally, the city’s summers tend to be relatively dry, which can further limit bug populations.

What’s your least favorite bug?

5. Some Simpsons characters are named after Portland streets

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In the long-running animated series “The Simpsons,” several characters are named after street names in Portland, Oregon. These include:

  • Ned Flanders: The character Ned Flanders is named after NE Flanders Street in Portland.
  • Reverend Lovejoy: Reverend Timothy Lovejoy is named after NW Lovejoy Street in Portland.
  • Kearney Zzyzwicz: Kearney Zzyzwicz, one of the bullies in Springfield Elementary School, is named after NW Kearney Street and NW 24th Place in Portland.
  • Quimby: Mayor Joseph Quimby, the corrupt and often comically inept mayor of Springfield, is named after SW Quimby Street in Portland.

These nods to Portland street names add a touch of local reference and humor to the show, as many of “The Simpsons” writers have ties to the Pacific Northwest, including creator Matt Groening, who grew up in Portland.


6. Portland is under three different Counties

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So the city name of Portland is in three different counties: Multnomah County, Washington County, and Clackamas County.

Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County. This means that the city serves as the administrative center and hub of government for the county. A portion of Portland’s western suburbs, primarily located on the west side of the Willamette River, falls within Washington County. Portland’s southeastern suburbs, located across the Willamette River, extend into Clackamas County.

Does anyone know why they did this?

What do you know about Portland that most don’t know?