Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, WA

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro metropolitan statistical area is a seven county MSA located in northern Oregon and southern Washington. Also referred to as the Rose City, the Portland MSA is the largest in the state of Oregon.

Portland is known for its many outdoor activities and parks, as well as its environmentally conscious attitude, which is why it has been rated the "greenest" city in the United States. It is considered the most bike friendly city in the country as well.

Total Population: 2,389,228

(An increase of 7.33 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 231,441
  • Language Spoken at Home - 299,144

Quick Facts

  • Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon.

  • The greater Portland area had the highest percentage of religiously unaffiliated people in the nation.

  • Portland is considered as one of the "greenest" cities in the world with miles of bicycle paths, and over 10,000 plus acres of public parks.

  • The population growth of the greater Portland metro area has increased at a faster pace than the national average over the past decade, and this trend is suspected to continue over the next 50 years.

  • Portland has one of the largest Vietnamese populations per capita of any city in the United States.

  • Central Africans are the fastest growing immigrant people group in Portland over the last 5 years.

  • Portland ranks eleventh among United States cities in international refugee resettlement.


Traditionally, Portland has been a predominately white city, with over 90% of the population being non-Hispanic white. However, recently that trend has begun to change. Portland has been voted one of the best cities in which to live, and is considered the cleanest, and the "greenest" city in the country. This combined with its positive economic culture, Portland has become a prime destination for wealthy and skilled immigrants.

In recent years the Asian population has significantly increased in the city of Portland. Large amounts of south and southeast Asian people have immigrated to Portland searching for jobs, and higher standards of living. Currently Asians are the largest foreign-born group in the city. The Latino community continues to grow as well having more than doubled in the last decade. This combined with the fact that central Africa has the fastest growing immigrant population in the city, means that soon Portland will no longer have the predominately white population that has characterized it in the past.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism24,280
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism9,021
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism6,751
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism5,011
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,933
Iu MienVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions2,500
SomaliSomaliaHorn of AfricaIslam2,100
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam1,991
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia1,648
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada1,645
KazakhKazakhstanTurkic PeoplesIslam931
Jew, IsraeliIsraelJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism732
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaArab WorldIslam725
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox14,766
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism10,292
UkrainianUkraineEurasian PeoplesChristianity8,357
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant8,025
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,182
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic5,780
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic5,224
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox5,063
Egyptian CoptEgyptArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox2,986
EnglishUnited KingdomEurasian PeoplesChristianity2,567
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,395