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CNN.com: Portland, OR ranks among America’s Top Favorite Cities

A model city for urban planning, Portland ranked No. 1 for public transportation and pedestrian friendliness, safety, cleanliness, public parks, and environmental awareness. It didn’t score in the bottom five for any overall category.

BEST FEATURE

Environmental awareness (#1)

WORST FEATURE

Luxury boutiques (#24)

Culture
CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Classical music 3.90 11
Historical sites/monuments 3.78 19
Live music/bands 4.46 9
Museums/galleries 4.07 13
Theater 3.97 10
  

Food/dining

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Cafés/coffee bars 4.67 2
Destination restaurants 4.30 18
Ethnic food/cheap eats 4.35 8
Farmers’ and specialty food markets 4.52 2
  

Holiday travel

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Spring Break 3.86 14
Summer Vacation 4.58 3
Thanksgiving 3.85 19
Winter/Christmas 3.86 20
  

Nightlife

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Cocktail hour/lounge scene 4.25 18
Late-night/club scene 4.03 19
Singles/bar scene 4.16 18
  

People

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Athletic/active 4.53 3
Attractive 4.04 13
Diverse 4.01 18
Friendly 4.42 6
Intelligent 4.44 4
Stylish 3.75 18
  

Quality of life & visitor experience

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Affordability 3.76 7
Cleanliness 4.54 1
Environmental awareness 4.76 1
Noteworthy neighborhoods 4.31 8
Peace and quiet 4.18 4
People-watching 4.27 13
Public parks and access to the outdoors 4.76 1
Public transportation and pedestrian friendliness 4.56 1
Safety 4.20 1
Skyline/views 4.40 9
Traffic 3.69 2
Weather 3.47 19
  

Shopping

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Antique stores 4.09 8
Art galleries 4.21 12
Local boutiques 4.33 10
Luxury boutiques 3.77 24
Vintage stores/flea markets 4.29 3
  

Type of trip

CATEGORY SCORE (OUT OF 5) RANK (OUT OF 25)
Active/adventure vacation 4.44 3
Cultural getaway 3.99 15
Family vacation 4.24 11
Relaxing retreat 4.36 6
Romantic escape 4.18 13
Wild weekend 3.74 20

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