Portland list-o-phrenia

| Print |  Email
Archives - April 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Compiled by Brandon Sawyer

Magazines, websites and public interest groups just love to grind their gears pitting Portland and other cities against one another based on vast swaths of sometimes-relevant, often-trivial criteria, like overgrown data-driven dogfights. Trying to form a vision of your city based on a compilation of these rankings is enough to drive an urban citizen mad, and we definitely don’t want to be the No. 1 most insane city in America. Here is a selection of Portland’s recent rankings:

#1 unhappiest city in America (BusinessWeek, 2009)
#3 for athletic/active people (Travel+Leisure, 2008)
#70 most migraine-afflicted area
#48 highest quality of living in the world (Mercer, 2008)
#1 best city for senior citizens
(Bankers Life and Casualty Company, 2005)
#35 best place for business and career (Forbes, 2008)
#11 best big metro city to do business (Inc., 2008)
#8 best city for beer lovers in the world (ShermansTravel, 2006)
#2 lowest business taxes as a percent gross state product (Council on State Taxation, 2009)
#1 for quality of life and visitor experience overall (Travel+Leisure, 2008)
#2 most fiscally fit city (State Farm Insurance, 2004)
#1 in sustainability (SustainLane, 2008)
#2 for farmers’ and specialty food markets (Travel+Leisure, 2008)
#1 greenest city in America (Popular Science, 2008)
#9 best long-term housing bet (Forbes.com, 2008)
#2 most secure place to live, large metro areas (Farmers Insurance Group, 2008)
#11 riskiest city for identity theft (Sperling’s BestPlaces)
#1 best city for cycling (Bicycling, 2008)
#5 worst city for bike theft (Kryptonite, 2008)
#8 best town (Outside, 2007)
#1 best city to have a baby (FitPregnancy, 2008)

Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

House of Clarity

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Holding a Power Lunch at Veritable Quandary in downtown Portland.


Read more...

Reader Input: Fair Play

May 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation in February prompted some soul searching in this state about ethical behavior in industry and government.


Read more...

Marijuana law ushers in new business age

The Latest
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
062315panelthumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.


Read more...

Best Foot Forward

July/August 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE

Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.


Read more...

Stemming the tide of money in politics

Linda Baker
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
 jeff-lang-2012-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy.  “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”


Read more...

Loose Talk

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

When gossip crosses the line.


Read more...

Quake as metaphor

Linda Baker
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
071515-earthquakia-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Big One serves as an allegory for Portland, a city that earns plaudits for lifestyle and amenities but whose infrastructure is, literally, crumbling.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS