Located in the Pacific Northwest, Portland Oregon is the 26th largest metropolitan area in the United States, with over 2 million people, and is one of 8 US cities in the top 50 of the Mercer quality of living global city rankings in 2008. It lies at the intersection of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and is close to skiing, 50 miles from Mt. Hood, and the Pacific coast, 75 miles. Portland boasts 74 microbreweries, well-developed mass transit system and a strong bicycling culture. It is home to Forest Park, the largest urban forest reserve in the United States, and to Powell's City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the US, which occupies an entire city block with new and used books of the greatest variety. Portland has been spotlighted in the New York Times several times recently, drawing praise for local tea/coffee/beer obsessions, bicycle culture and the local cuisine. Numerous annual art, music and film festivals complement a robust local arts scene, including many live theater and performing arts companies, museums, and live music venues. It is a great place to live for those who enjoy outdoors activities, such as hiking, skiing, running or cycling; as well as for those who enjoy the benefits of an accessible urban center. Cost of living is moderate, hence affordable for those attending graduate school.
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