Portland, Oregon is the seat of Multnomah County, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The city is split in half by the Willamette River, and the Columbia River to the north acts as the dividing state line between Oregon and Washington. More than 2 million people are spread across the Portland metropolitan area, which includes Clackamas County, Columbia County, Washington County and Yamhill County in Oregon, and Clark County and Skamania County in Washington. Nearly 610,000 residents live within the city borders.
The Portland City Council oversees the governmental aspects of Portland, and is made up of the mayor, four commissioners and an auditor, all elected to four-year terms. A designated neighborhood association represents each of the city’s 95 neighborhoods, and reports back to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. There are various courthouses spread across Portland’s districts. The Multnomah County Circuit Court is located in downtown Portland at 1021 SW 4th Ave.; the Beaverton Municipal Court is located at 4755 SW Griffith Dr.; and the East County Courthouse is located at 18480 SE Stark St.
The city of Portland, Oregon is widely known for its “hip” and contemporary culture, and a favorite idiom among locals and tourists alike is “Keep Portland Weird.” There is a distinct environmental sense to the city, and on several occasions it has been named “Greenest City in America.” Portland officially declared itself the “City of Roses” in 2003, as the city’s climate is perfect for growing roses outdoors. The International Rose Test Garden, located in Washington Park, was established in 1917. Portland celebrates the flower with a waterfront carnival each year, known as the Portland Rose Festival.