Big Cities in Oregon
For those who love big city life, Oregon has several big cities. The State’s capital is Salem, but the largest city in the State in Portland. Most of the best cities in Oregon are situated between the two prominent mountain ranges in the state. Here are 5 of the biggest cities in Oregon.
About 47% of the people who live in Oregon reside in Portland, making it the largest city in the State. Portland also has a reputation as the cultural capital of all of the Pacific Northwest thanks to its rich art and culture. The city of roses as it is fondly called has many outdoor attractions, public parks, and gardens. Portland is often referred to as Silicone Forest because it hosts some tech companies like Intel, HP, Xerox, and Tektronix among others.
Salem is the second-largest city in Oregon and it is Oregon’s second major city. Located in the northwest region towards the center of the Willamette Valley, the city is just an hour's drive south of Portland.
Salem has a rich history and is quite diverse. It became the state capital in 1859 and has remained the capital since then. Salem is a thriving industrial city with ranching and agriculture as the main activities. It also hosts major companies like Amazon, Don Pancho, Kettle Foods, NORPAC, and so on.
One could call Eugene the Academic capital of Oregon. It is home to the famous University of Oregon. With such a thriving young population, Oregon is a bustling city with lots of cultural attractions.
Outdoor living and exercising are central themes in Eugene. In addition to being the hometown of Nike, it also has its collegiate track and field legacy which is why it is often referred to as TrackTown. There are a lot of trails for hiking and biking all over the city.
Although located in the suburbs of Portland (just 30 minutes east of Portland), Gresham is one of the biggest cities in Oregon. Incorporated in 1905, Gresham has been an active Agricultural community ever since. Many of the industries in Oregon are located in this rapidly growing city as well.
Gresham is also impressively located in proximity to some of the most iconic natural landmarks in the state such as the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, and Multnomah Falls making it a perfect location for those in love with outdoor life.
The city of Hillsboro is located right at the center of Oregon’s Silicon Forest. In fact, the rapid growth and expansion of the City can be attributed to the arrival of the tech companies in the city in the 1980s.
Hillsboro is home to Intel’s largest campus. Other companies like Epson, Oracle, and Synopsys have headquarters here. Others like Adobe, OHSU, NetApp, and Umpqua have their data center in Hillsboro.
Other notable cities in Oregon include Bend, Beaverton, Springfield, Medford, Corvallis, and so on.