The Portland Streetcar opened in 2001. The 2000 census figures placed the population of the Portland MSA at 1,927,881. By 2008 Portland’s population had risen to 2,207,462—an increase of 279,581. If this increase was evenly distributed over the eight years, that would be an increase of 34,948 people a year, resulting in a 2001, the year the streetcar opened, population of 1,962,829. The current population of Cincinnati’s MSA is 2,155,137 or 9.79% higher than Portland’s was when their streetcar opened.
Metro Portland Year Streetcar Opened Population: 1,962,829
Metro Cincinnati Population, Current: 2,155,137