Business Week recently named our very own Portland the Unhappiest City in America. We don’t agree with this one bit! It makes us wonder, have they ever been to Portland, Oregon?

In an effort to prove Business Week wrong, we put it to our Twitter friends and asked, “What is it that makes you happy about living in or traveling to Portland?” And, as it turns out, we not the only ones who disagree with Business Week.

Here’s what our friends had to say…

I love the fact that you can drive an hour and be at the coast or in the mountains!!

The high density of comic-book shops. And I love the character of each unique neighborhood.

good bands, farmers markets, love of bicycles, beautiful bridges, Powells…

sign me up for relative lack of traffic, no sales tax, and cool walkable neighborhoods

Copious amounts of tasty coffee and brew. Also: I don’t know that there is a prettier city in all the land.

how about all the great breweries!

I love that the mild climate facilitates year round outdoor activities from the slopes to the beach to biking

I am always awed by the mountain view as I fly in to Portland!

The best thing about Portland is it’s a collection of neighborhoods rather than a large sprawling city.

So, tell us… What is it that makes YOU happy about living in or visiting Portland, Oregon?

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about author Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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