Learn About Your City

At the dawn of the 21st century, Portland is known for its commitment to positive change and resilient communities. From our innovative solar, wind and energy efficiency policies and investments to our library circulation rate (1st in the nation), Portland has become a place more and more people want to call home.

But as we make plans for tomorrow’s city, we must address the challenges standing in the way of Portland’s brightest future.  

Did you know that only 60 percent of high school students graduate on time? Or that it will take $135 million a year just to maintain our existing infrastructure?

These and other compelling facts about Portland were gathered during the intensive research phases of the Portland Plan. This groundwork of information helps us identify the most pressing needs and focus our efforts and resources in the areas that will bring us closer to our goal of making Portland a thriving, sustainable and equitable city.



Portland Plan Handbook

Want a snapshot of Portland’s current conditions and the reasons we need a new place? Check out the Portland Plan Handbook.

Background Reports

background reports

The background reports are the foundation — or starting point — for the Portland Plan. They provide a well-researched and thorough understanding of Portland’s existing conditions. They cover a variety of topics, including human health and safety, energy, economic development, watershed health and historic resources. The action areas and strategies are based, in part, on the information in these reports.

Community Data

Portland Communities

Learn more about your fellow Portlanders. Follow this link to get more information on Portland’s youth and cultural, ethnic and geographic communities.



Equity is when everyone has access to opportunities necessary to satisfy essential needs, advance their well being and achieve their full potential. Go to the Equity page to watch a video. Find out why equity matters to Portlanders, and learn more about the barriers to equity faced by many Portlanders every day. Take some time to learn what other cities, like Seattle, Pittsburgh and Charlotte are doing to improve equity.



The Portland Plan Atlas graphically illustrates Portland’s current conditions. It includes maps of population and demographics; environmentally sensitive lands; concentrations of jobs, transportation systems and other public infrastructure; access to services; recent development trends and projections; and current direction regarding Portland’s future growth. In addition, the atlas includes maps that will be used as the base of Portland’s Buildable Lands Inventory.

Buildable Lands Inventory

Do you want to gain a better understanding of what regional growth forecasts might mean for Portland? Visit the Buildable Lands Inventory page to read the Household and Employment Forecasts and Development Capacity and learn about State of Oregon growth planning requirements.