Situated on the banks of the Grand and Looking Glass rivers near the city of Lansing, Portland is one of Michigan's finest and most sought-after communities. Many residents who live in Portland apartments for rent enjoy their way of life in this charming small town because people here can enjoy all of the amenities of small-town life, but still have access to a larger city like Lansing close by. Many commuters are also drawn to the area because of its easy access to Interstate 96, which connects many Portland residents to the surrounding area. According to information from City-Data, the city has seen a recent jump in population from 2000 to 2010, indicating that many Michigan residents are excited about moving into this quaint community.
Many Europeans settlers began flocking onto the areas surround Ionia County as early as the late 18th century, many of them French fur trappers looking to make a fortune in the plentiful hunting grounds of central Michigan. Today, the city is still as industrious as ever. Known as the "City of Two Rivers," it is only natural that many businesses made their start in Portland because of the city's ideal location. Many citizens here also enjoy the small, tight-knit community that Portland has to offer, mostly because it is a walkable community that blends both rural and urban element in harmony. According to City-Data, it is an affordable community as well. Based on 2012 data, the cost of living index here is 14 percent below the U.S. average.
One of the city's largest parks is the Bogue Flats Recreation Area, located just north of the city. There are nearly 60 acres of sports activities offered here, including hockey, baseball, volleyball, horseback riding and basketball, as well as beautiful pavilion and picnic areas.
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