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#63 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Oregon
- Rating 4.13 out of 5 1,162 reviews
Current Resident: Great city! Lot's to do, lots to eat, and lots of delicious coffee for those that enjoy a nice morning espresso. Plus, there are plenty of local breweries in the area that give any beer connoisseur a to-do list a mile long.
The Willamette River running through the heart of downtown provides ample opportunities for any tourist, or Portlander, to sit and relax or to stroll along it's east and west banks--the east bank provides spectacular views of downtown.
Portland, pre-Covid, always has something fun going on. There are always top-notch bands passing through, numerous cycling events (for those two-wheeled adventurers), outdoor movies galore in the warm summer months and hiking trails a plenty in Forest Park (a mere stone throw away).
Portland pretty much has a little bit for anybody that doesn't mind some rain. Hey! and Portland usually has pretty mild winters. But if you must, Mt. Hood isn't too far east and it provides some fantastic skiing or Snowboarding.
- 645,291 Population
#170 Best Cities to Live in America
- City in Washington
- Rating 4.17 out of 5 426 reviews
Current Resident: Vancouver has been my home for over 25 years. We are a large city, but not a big city, just across the river from Portland. People here are friendly and enjoy numerous outdoor activities - like walking or biking along the riverfront, hiking the nearby trails to the east, swimming and kayaking in local rivers and streams.
There are many parks, although there is room for more with all the new housing that has been built in the last 10 years. Many schools have remodeled or rebuilt. There are lots of sports activities for the kids, like soccer, basketball, rugby and lacrosse. There are sports leagues for adults, too, like disc golf, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.
We have a wide variety of restaurants with dishes from all over the world. You can find something for any size budget. My favorites are Thai Orchid and Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver for a special occasion. Mon Ami is another favorite for delicious crepes and Stumptown coffee.
Vancouver is great for families!
- 180,556 Population