Chart of the Day: Approaching Peak Portland?

Peak Portland

When will we exhaust our supplies of Portland? Research suggests that Peak Portland may be just around the corner–the rate of discovery of new sources of Portland has slowly decreased to a mere trickle over the past several decades. In 2013, Portland consumption hit an all-time high, reaching 31 Portland mentions per person per month (31 PMPPPM). In comparison, the last major discovery of new Portland deposits was in 2011, on a premium cable channel somewhere north of ESPN 3.

Note: After his sophomore year of high school, the author moved from St. Louis Park, Minnesota to Fredericksburg, Virginia, and reportedly would not shut the hell up about how great Minnesota is. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

12 Responses to Chart of the Day: Approaching Peak Portland?

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke July 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Silly man. Increasing demand for Portland will lead to innovate new ways to extract more Portland out of existing supplies on both coasts.

    • brad July 15, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      According to Google Trends, Minneapolis needs better sports teams or bigger disasters to have any hope of catching up to Portland.

  2. Froggie July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    For a moment, I thought you were referring to Portland cement…

  3. Matt Steele
    Matt Steele July 15, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Isn’t there a new Kunstler book about this?

  4. Bear on a Bike July 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Shouldn’t we also be tracking our Netherlands mentions? After all, those are indicative of our nation’s dependence on foreign Portland…

    • Matt Brillhart July 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      For real though, we need a Europe moratorium on

      • Tony Hunt
        Tony Hunt July 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm #


      • Tony Hunt
        Tony Hunt July 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

        Rather we need a moratorium on decrying progressive policies because “We’re not Europe.” So. Sick. Of. That.

    • Nick Magrino
      Nick Magrino July 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      “our nation’s dependence on foreign Portland”

      I’m happy I didn’t mention this, as you phrased it way better than I would have.

  5. jim July 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Mpls should talk more about building a robust street car system. That would def increase the Portland references. Peter Wagenius can be the Jed Clampett of Portland discovery here in this here Twin Cities!


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