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Population > 2.5 million

Leading indicator > With 125 projects and counting, Portland has the most structures certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Fast companies > Nike; Tektronix; Adidas USA; ad firm Wieden+Kennedy

Three decades ago, Portland became a case study on how to stuff sprawl when it enacted strict limits on urban growth. Today, it's at the forefront of the "eat local" revolution, in which individuals and restaurants buy directly from area farmers to preserve livelihoods and open space. With 13 farmer's markets, and nearby world-class vineyards, residents not only buy local but they eat and drink well too.

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