About the Portland, Oregon Area

About the Portland, Oregon Area

Nestled on top of the city's famous Hawthorne Boulevard, the Western Seminary Portland Campus overlooks a hotbed of creativity. Everything from national art, music, literature, and film hails from these and other neighboring areas. This Oregon city is surrounded by mountains, forests, and beaches that reflect the image of our Creator. Yet in the midst of all this creative expression and scenic beauty lies a deep search for meaning and purpose. As a seminary, we want to help you address the cultural tide as God shapes you for the challenges of ministry.


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The Portland campus is particularly beautiful in the springtime when you see a variety of trees and plants flowering. If you want to go on a walking tour of our campus, just click on the below image. Our campus is in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, nestled next to the Hawthorne District. The east and west boundaries of the campus are SE 57th Avenue and SE 55th Avenue and the north and south boundaries are SE Madison Street and SE Hawthorne Boulevard. If you walk down Hawthorne Boulevard, you will find a variety of shops and eateries. If you go northeast just a few blocks, you will find the entrance of Mt. Tabor City Park. Although we’d encourage you to come and visit us in person, hopefully this will give you a little taste of our campus and the surrounding area.





Portland experiences a temperate climate, with mild, damp winters and relatively dry, warm summers. August is the warmest summer month, averaging 68.5 °F. Winters are normally mild and very moist, with January averaging 39.9 °F. Lows, though usually above freezing, can reach that mark or below 37 nights per year, however. Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall occurs no more than a few times per year. The rainfall averages about 35 inches per year in Portland.

Cost of Living*

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585,474 ( Multnomah County)

Median Age*

35.8 years


Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregation: 45.71%

Catholic Church 49.7%
Evangelical Christian 23%
Mainline Christian 14%
Other 13%

Ethnic Diversity*

White alone 72.2%
Hispanic 9.4%
Asian alone 7.1%
Black alone 6.1%
Two or more races 3.7%
American Indian alone  0.8%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander alone 0.5%
Other race alone 0.2%


When it comes to recreation, Portland is a city that has it all. If you like the arts, there are many museums, theaters and music venues downtown. If you’d prefer to be in the great outdoors, there are several hiking trails within 30 minutes. There are also spectacular sites along the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast. During the winter months, you can hit the slopes on Mount Hood or sip a latte at one of our many coffee shops. To find out more about fun things to do in Portland, visit: or


*statistics taken from during August 2013