- Main article: Portland's nicknames
- Bridge City, Bridgetown
- Little Beirut
- Loser's Town
- PDX (after the Portland International Airport)
- Rose City, City of Roses
- Main article: Portland history
The city is governed by the Portland City Council.
- Courtney Love lived here.
- Ursula K. Le Guin and Molly Glass live here.
- Beverly Cleary grew up here.
- Matt Groening grew up here, and based many Simpsons character names on Portland streets.
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