Fun Facts & Portland in the News

Use these tidbits of trivia and recent media accolades to help get your delegates excited about coming to Portland!

Fun Facts

  • No. Sales. Tax.

    From Nike to the open-air Portland Saturday Market to trendy boutiques, you’ll pay the price you see on the tag — and not a penny more.

  • Welcome to Beervana

    Portland is home to 70 breweries, more than any other city on the planet, and a full calendar of beer festivals.

  • Come hungry

    With more than 600 food carts, Portland has earned raves for having the world’s best street food.

  • Hidely-ho, neighborinos!

    Many characters on “The Simpsons” were named after streets in Portland, creator Matt Groening’s hometown.

  • Now, that’s sweet

    Voodoo Doughnut offers up wacky creations — and legal wedding ceremonies — 24 hours a day.

  • Park it!

    Portland is home to the world’s smallest dedicated park: Mill Ends Park, a mere 24 inches (61 centimeters) across. There are 37,000 acres (14,973 hectares) of parks in the Portland metro area.

  • We like big books

    Powell’s City of Books, occupying an entire city block, is the world’s largest independent bookstore, as well as the largest new-and-used bookstore.

  • Have you herd?

    More Asian elephants (28 to date) have been born in Portland than in any other North American city.

  • Remain in your vehicle

    Oregon is one of just two states* in which drivers enjoy the luxury of always having their gas pumped for them. It’s the law! (*The other is New Jersey.)

  • Nearly 50 years of glamour

    Darcelle XV and Company is the longest running drag club in the United States — the venue opened in 1967.

  • We’re crafty

    The Portland Saturday Market is the largest continuously operating open-air crafts market in the United States.

  • The statue, not the show

    Portlandia is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the U.S. (only the Statue of Liberty is larger).

Portland in the News




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