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September 12th, 2012 12:01 am SAM STITES | News Stories

The Portland Index: Culture Club

Just how cultured is Portland?

index_3845SOURCE: City Vitals, 2012

Portland loves its culture—and loves that so many people are also fascinated by it. But just how cultured is Portland? Turns out just a bit. City Vitals 2.0 ranks Portland as the eighth-most cultured city in the nation. (The study by CEOs for Cities, a nonprofit urban affairs group, looked at the nation’s 51 biggest cities.) The group looked at how likely Portlanders were to attend a cultural event in the past year as opposed to own a high-definition television. Portland scored a ratio of 108—meaning residents are 8 percent more likely to attend the opera or ballet than own a glowing wall monster. (We’re essentially tied with Austin.) No. 1? A virtual tie between San Francisco and San Jose. New Orleans was dead last.

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