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Dynamic yet relaxed, Oregon's largest metro area has a vibrant downtown across the Willamette River and charming neighborhoods full of hospitable and eclectic people. It buzzes with a youthful vibrancy and is home to a host of idealist liberals, even though it's located in a state where back roads proudly sport the Republican red. Here, Gore-Tex ponchos in fine restaurants are as common as mutton-shops on a hipster.
It's a Mecca for for eco-activists, outdoor nuts, vegans, gardeners and dog-lovers, who all support the countless brewpubs, coffeehouses, knitting circles, and book clubs. Portland is a city with pretty neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere, an up-and-coming attraction that has finally found itself. Racially progressive and diverse, it's also a great spot to plant roots, settle in and chill out.