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 Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox14,766
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity8,357
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,395
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam2,100
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam1,991
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia1,648
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada1,645
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,505
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox1,138
KazakhKazakhstanCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam931
DutchNetherlandsEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious920
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic847
PurepechaMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic800
SwedeSwedenEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity785
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism732
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam725
CzechCzechiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox702
YucatecMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansEthnic Religions549
NavahoUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesEthnic Religions - Other / Marginal290
Triqui, CopalaMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic210
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism9,021
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam6,982
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism5,011
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,933
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism24,280

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