Portland is a city in the US State of Oregon. It is the largest city in the state, but is not the capital, which is Salem. Portland's population in 2012 was estimated to be about 588,000 with that of the metropolitan area at about 2.3 million. The city lies about 70 miles to the east of the Pacific Ocean and is separated into east and west sections by the Willamette River which flows north through Portland and then joins the Columbia River about 10 miles from the downtown area.