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Scattered patches of subalpine fir grow below glaciers and permanent snowfields on the south slope of Mount Rainier in the Cascades ecoregion
Scattered patches of subalpine fir grow below glaciers and permanent snowfields on the south slope of Mount Rainier in the Cascades ecoregion

The Pacific Northwest (sometimes Cascadia, or simply abbreviated as PNW) is a geographic region in western North America bounded by its coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains to the east. Though no official boundary exists, the most common conception includes the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Some broader conceptions reach north into Alaska and Yukon and south into northern California. Other conceptions may be limited to the coastal areas west of the Cascade and Coast mountains. The variety of definitions can be attributed to partially overlapping commonalities of the region's history, culture, geography, society, and other factors.

The Northwest Coast is the coastal region of the Pacific Northwest, and the Northwest Plateau (also commonly known as "the Interior" in British Columbia and the Inland Northwest in the United States) is the inland region. The term "Pacific Northwest" should not be confused with the Northwest Territory (also known as the Great Northwest, a historical term in the United States) or the Northwest Territories of Canada. The region is sometimes referred to as Cascadia, which, depending on the borders, may or may not be the same thing as the Pacific Northwest.

The region's largest metropolitan areas are Greater Seattle, Washington, with 4 million people; Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, with 2.64 million people; and Greater Portland, Oregon, with 2.5 million people.

The culture of the Pacific Northwest is influenced by the Canada–United States border, which the United States and the United Kingdom established at a time when the region's inhabitants were composed mostly of indigenous peoples. Two sections of the border—one along the 49th parallel south of British Columbia and one between the Alaska Panhandle and northern British Columbia—have left a great impact on the region. According to Canadian historian Ken Coates, the border has not merely influenced the Pacific Northwest—rather, "the region's history and character have been determined by the boundary". (Full article...)

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Portland State University (PSU) is a public research university in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1946 as a post-secondary educational institution for World War II veterans. It evolved into a four-year college over the following two decades and was granted university status in 1969. It is the only public university in the state of Oregon that is located in a large city. It is governed by a board of trustees. PSU is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".

Portland State is composed of seven constituent colleges, offering undergraduate degrees in one hundred twenty-three fields, and postgraduate degrees in one hundred seventeen fields. Schools at Portland State include the School of Business Administration, College of Education, School of Social Work, College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The athletic teams are known as the Portland State Vikings with school colors of green and white. Teams compete at the NCAA Division I Level, primarily in the Big Sky Conference. (Full article...)
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John Albert Kitzhaber (born March 5, 1947) is an American former politician who served as the 35th and 37th governor of Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party, he served the longest time in office, having won election in 1994 and 1998, then returning to win in 2010 and 2014.

Kitzhaber resigned from office on February 18, 2015, a month after he was sworn in for his fourth term. State and federal authorities were investigating criminal allegations against him and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. Secretary of State Kate Brown succeeded him. (Full article...)

Largest cities of the Pacific Northwest

City State/Province Population Metropolitan Area Urban Area
Seattle Washington 704,000[1] 3,905,026[2] 3,059,393[3]
Portland Oregon 658,347[2] 2,753,168[2] 1,849,898[3]
Vancouver British Columbia 631,486[4] 2,737,698[5] 2,264,823[6]
Surrey British Columbia 598,530[4] [n 1] [n 1]
Burnaby British Columbia 257,926[4] [n 1] [n 1]
Boise Idaho 226,570[7] 691,423[2] 349,684[3]
Spokane Washington 222,081[1] 573,493 [8][9] 486,225[3]
Richmond British Columbia 216,046[4] [n 1] [n 1]
Tacoma Washington 198,397[1] [n 2] [n 2]
Vancouver Washington 175,673[1] [n 3] [n 3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Part of Greater Vancouver.
  2. ^ a b Part of Seattle metropolitan area (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA).
  3. ^ a b Part of Portland metropolitan area (Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA).
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  3. ^ a b c d "A national 2010 urban area file containing a list of all urbanized areas and urban clusters (including Puerto Rico and the Island Areas) sorted by UACE code".
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