slides: 20 Reasons Why Portland is the Best West Coast City
Friday, July 10, 2015
The West Coast is arguably the best coast, dotted with beautiful cities North to South. During the Summer travel season tourists from across the United States and abroad flock to the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean and the bright lights of Los Angeles and Seattle. But now it seems that every year more people are coming to visit Portland, and for good reason.
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PDX, Beervana, The City of Roses, Stumptown. Whatever you call it, Portland is the utopia of the Pacific Northwest, the land of ever-flowing beer, and home to many people who couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
So come to our beautiful city this Summer and experience its vibrancy, but in the words of our late Governor Tom McCall:
“We want you to visit our State of Excitement often. Come again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live. Or if you do have to move in to live, don’t tell any of your neighbors where you are going.”
GoLocalPDX brings you 20 reasons why Portland is the best West Coast city.
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Not only is Portland the greatest city on the West coast, it's also the most "livable" city in the entire country, according to Monocle's 2015 Quality-of-Life survey. Portland was the only U.S. city to make the London-based lifestyle magazine's list of the top 25 most livable cities in the world, along with Tokyo, Vienna, Berlin, Melbourne and Sydney.
Monocle used 22 metrics to rank each city including number of international travel routes, percentage of cycle commutes, and the price of a good lunch.
While large cities like San Francisco and Seattle may offer more options for entertainment and dining, their size can also make them expensive. Portland remains the cheapest major West Coast city.
Speaking of Portland's affordability, GoBankingRates.com recently named PDX the best city in the country for saving money. According to the site, Portland aka “the hipster capital” is their number one pick because of the comparatively low rent rates and no sales tax.
The study also acknowledges Portland’s bike-friendly roads, easy access to outdoor activities, and lively art scene. Their only warning, is not to spend all your money on the many breweries in the metro area.
Sorry, California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles were ranked in the bottom 5 worst cities for saving money.
Although many Portlanders complain about the rising cost of living, rent is still fairly cheap compared to our West Coast neighbors Seattle and San Francisco.
In Portland, the average one bedroom apartment costs $1,127 and the average two bedroom $1,318.
In Seattle, the average one bedroom apartment costs $1,434 and the average two bedroom$1,907.
And in San Fransisco- yikes! The average one bedroom apartment costs $3,100 and the average two bedroom a whopping $4,286 a month.
If you're traveling by air to the Rose City this summer, you'll realize its greatness the second you step off the plane. For the third year in a row Travel & Leisure Magazine named PDX the best airport in the nation.
And not just because of our iconic carpet. PDX offers visitors a wide variety of entertainment and services from food carts to local brews and even a bike service station. The best part? No jacked up airport prices. All PDX vendors price their products the same as in their local stores.
There's no denying our airport is wonderful. Why else would Portlanders turn its carpet design into a fashion statement?
Stepping out of the luxurious PDX, maybe you decide it's time for a bike ride through bridgetown. Sounds like a great idea, considering Portland is the #1 most bike-friendly city in the nation.
A study by BetterDoctor.com ranked 52 American cities based on the percentage of commuters that bike to work, the number of bicycle-related fatalities in each city, and the amount of state funding allocated to biking infrastructure.
The West Coast is the most bike-friendly area in the country, with four out of the top 10 cities belonging to Oregon and California. But alas, Portland still won, beating Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle who was just shy of the top 10.
Of Portland's total daily commuters, 6.14 percent go by bike, and there are 1.1 fatalities for every 10,000 people in a year. Federal transportation funds for bike and pedestrian projects in Portland equal $8.35 per capita.
Portland is also hosts the annual World Naked Bike Ride each Summer. Yes. We love cycling that much.
Best Beer, Most Beer
In true Portland fashion, a good bicycle ride is always followed with some great beer. And not only does portland have the best beer, we have the most beer!
Often referred to as "Beervana," Portland officially holds the title of Best Beer City in the World, according to The Beer Connoisseur magazine. Portland topped many international cities including London, Prague, Bamberg and even Munich. More importantly, Portland beat its West Coast beer competitor San Diego.
Portland has about 85 breweries in the metro area- more than any other city- and that number rises monthly.
The avenues make up the Portland Transit Mall, and traverse through Old Town, Chinatown and Portland State University.
APA judged streets on form and composition, character and personality, and environment and sustainable practices.
The revitalization and renovation made along the Portland Transit Mall as part of the MAX Green Line extension helped earn 5th and 6th Avenues a spot on the list, as well as the 2009 Portland Mall Revitalization Project, which renovated 40 storefronts.
The only other West Coast street to make the list was State Street in Santa Barbara, California.
Portland is a destination that knows how to charm its visitors. In fact, its the best quality tourism destination in the country, according to the recent U.S. Tourism Quality Performance Report produced by Resonance Consultancy.
The report analyzed the performance of 121 U.S. destinations in 17 different areas including lodging, culture, nightlife, shopping and outdoor activities.
So if you're traveling West, forget those California and Washington cities. Portland will welcome you with open arms.
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With the beginning of Summer comes the beginning of Wedding season. If you're planning on getting hitched, but have a tight budget, Portland is the perfect destination.
Portland ranks #1 on Cheapism.com's list of the 5 best U.S. cities for destination weddings on a budget. In Portland, not only can your special day be affordable, but it can be spectacular (considering you'll be spending it in one of the most beautiful cities in the world).
Whether you're in Portland for our ever-flowing beer or a destination wedding, (or both), you won't need to worry about the quality of your hotel Wi-Fi.
If that doesn't send people flocking to our city in the masses, I don't know what will.
Portland received a Wi-Fi high quality test score of 66.7 percent, topping HotelWiFiTest.com's list of cities with the best hotel Wi-Fi.
So come one, come all with you iPhones and Computers. Portland hotels are ready.
Home to over 600 food carts of all cultural varieties, Portland is often referred to as "The Food Cart Capital of the World." The food carts are one of the largest tourist attractions and offer some of the best cuisine in the city.
A CNN report named Portland's street food the best in the world.
Dark Horse Comics is also located here, and many “live action role-playing” opportunities exist as well.
Despite the large quantities of beer Portlanders consume, we're still the 2nd best city in the country for living an active lifestyle.
WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle, from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita.
With Portland's bike-friendly nature, abundance of parks and close proximity to the mountains it's no surprise we ranked so high. But who beat us? Omaha, Nebraska.
Meanwhile, Seattle ranked #12, San Diego #18 and Sacramento #31.
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