human settlement in Oregon, United States of America

The Portland Metropolitan Area is a region in Oregon that includes Portland, Oregon City, Hillsboro and other cities around Portland.


Map of Portland Metropolitan Area

  • 1 Portland The largest city in the State of Oregon and also the county seat of Multnomah County.
  • 2 Aloha - a census designated place wedged between Beaverton and Hillsboro. Residents here have always resisted annexation to either Beaverton or Hillsboro
  • 3 Beaverton - suburb 7mi/11km west of Portland growing up to become an economic powerhouse as it is home for Columbia Sportswear, Electro Scientific Industries, Nike & Tektronix.
  • 4 Boring
  • 5 Forest Grove
  • 6 Gladstone
  • 7 Gresham
  • 8 Hillsboro - county seat for Washington County, one of three counties making up the greater Portland metropolitan area and also a location for one of several Intel pre-fab plants.
  • 9 Lake Oswego
  • 10 Milwaukie
  • 11 Oregon City county seat for Clackamas County, one of three counties making up the greater Portland metropolitan area. Originally established by the Hudson Bay Co in 1829 as a company town, by 1844 it is the first city west of the Rockies to be incorporated.
  • 12 Tigard
  • 13 Troutdale
  • 14 Tualatin  
  • 15 Wilsonville
  • 16 West Linn  
  • 17 Vancouver


As well as Portland, the city proper, the area includes:

  • East Multnomah County - the eastern suburbs of the city, including the cities of Gresham and Troutdale; the gateway to Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Washington County (Oregon) - the western suburbs of Portland, a growing high-tech area near Hillsboro and Beaverton, and home to Nike and other well-known Oregon companies. The rural areas also have wineries.
  • Clackamas County - the southern and southeastern suburbs, including affluent Lake Oswego and historic Oregon City, leading to the foothills of Mount Hood.

Get inEdit

Portland International Airport (PDX IATA), Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO IATA).

Get aroundEdit

Two main highways pass east-west through the region - Interstate 84 and U.S. Route 26 (Powell Boulevard). I-84 going east will take you into the Columbia Gorge, while U.S. 26 going east takes you up Mount Hood and into Central Oregon.

  • Oregon Route 217 is another freeway that runs from Tigard to Beaverton.

The MAX Blue Line runs from downtown Portland into Gresham, terminating at the Cleveland Avenue station.

Go nextEdit

  • Vancouver (WA), is sometimes included in the region even though it is across the Columbia River in Washington.
  • Salem is the state capital, about an hour away.
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