Who We Are…..

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Who We Are

Portland Monthly

Edited by Kasey CordellRandy Gragg

IN AN ERA OF Portlandia, New York Times adoration, and accelerated migration (Oregon gained 60,000 new residents last year), everyone seems to have their own idea of just what Portland is: a source-obsessed foodie mecca, an unchurched den of sin, a liberal land of beards and patchouli. Whether newcomers or natives, we’ve all heard the same epithets. But those are just perceptions. We wanted to reach beyond the labels and take a closer look—not at what others say we are, but at who we believe we are: What’s important to us? What motivates us? What do we fear? (On the latter, apparently questions about sex: several survey respondents dropped out when we asked about their bedroom behavior.) What you’ll find in the following pages aren’t the typical height-of-election-season poll questions. They’re direct, unflinching inquiries into our very psyche—providing a surprising and revealing look at just what it means to be a modern Portlander.

Check out our complete “Who We Are” survey results and see how Portland Monthly staffers’ answers stack up against the rest of the city.