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Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.
Named after Portland, Maine, the Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s near the end of the Oregon Trail.
After the city's economy experienced an industrial boom during World War II, its hard-edged reputation began to dissipate.
Beginning in the 1960s, Portland is frequently recognized as one of the world's most environmentally conscious cities because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks.
Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a major force in the city's early economy.