Vital Statistics: 2000 census population (rank): 529,121 (28) (this is obviously just Portland, not the PortlandMetroArea) population 18+: 78.9%; 65+: 11.6% median age: 35.2 Land area: 147 sq mi. (380 sq km) Altitude: 1073ft - sea level Average daily temp: Jan 38.9°F; July 67.7°F
Famous natives include Matt Groening (of the Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell), Linus Pauling (the Nobel Laureate Physicist), and Gus Van Sant (the director).
A Nielson Media Research [http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2001/04/02/daily12.html report] lists Portland as the most wired city in America, with 70% of households connected, tied approximately with Seattle. The report's from almost a year ago (03/02).