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Portland Metropolitan Area

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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
  • 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 Forest Grove
  • 5 Gladstone
  • 6 Gresham
  • 7 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.
  • 8 Lake Oswego
  • 9 Milwaukie
  • 10 Oregon City
  • 11 Tigard
  • 12 Troutdale
  • Tualatin
  • 13 Wilsonville
  • 14 West Linn
  • 15 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.

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Get around[edit]

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.

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  • Vancouver (WA), is sometimes included in the region even though it is across the Columbia River in Washington.
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