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GENERAL INFORMATION/FACTS

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POPULATION
bullet1.8 million in the metropolitan area; 509,610 in the city limits

bulletAREA
bullet130 square miles
bulletELEVATION
bullet173 feet above sea level
bulletLONGITUDE
bullet40 miles east of the 122nd meridian west
bulletLATITUDE
bullet30 miles north of the 45th parallel north
bulletMILES TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN
bullet78
bulletMILES TO A GLACIER
bullet65 (Mount Hood)
bulletAVERAGE TEMPERATURES
bullet33.5 (January); 79.5 (July)
bulletAVERAGE PRECIPITATION
bullet37" (less than Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston or Seattle - and without that nasty humidity)
bulletACRES OF PARKS IN METRO AREA
bullet37,000, including the 5,000-acre Forest Park
bulletEMERGENCY
bulletCall 911 for police, ambulance or fire
bulletNEWSPAPERS
bulletThe Oregonian (daily), The Portland Tribune (semiweekly), Willamette Week (weekly)
bulletTIME
bulletAll of Oregon is on Pacific Standard Time, except for the Ontario city area in Eastern Oregon, which is on Mountain Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is observed from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October.
bulletDRIVING
bulletThe speed limit is 55 miles per hour on most highways. Where posted, the freeway speed limit is 65. Oregon law calls for drivers and passengers to buckle up for safety in both the front and back seats. Oregon law also requires that drivers carry proof of insurance.